Almond Joy Cookies

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Remember those smells, tastes, or sounds that ultimately bring back memories from days gone by?  Today, for me, it was the smell of coconut.  Growing up I was not a coconut fan.  My aunt Sandra would make coconut pie every holiday and everyone loved it, but as a kid, I thought, eh, it’s ok.  I wanted the chocolate pie – that was my fave.  Then I grew up and realized I liked coconut, especially when paired with chocolate.  Duh.

When was the last time you had an Almond Joy?  I absolutely cannot remember the last time I did, so when I saw this recipe, I thought, why not?  These almond joy cookies are delicious and not filled with unpronounceable chemical ingredients, like an Almond Joy candy bar, or even a store-bought cookie would have in them.  You should make these cookies – they were unbelievably easy to do.  Of course I did tweak the recipe for my taste, and you can do the same. So here goes:

Almond Joy Cookies (dairy-free and gluten-free)

¾ ground almonds (makes a light flour)
¼ coconut flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract (or ½ tsp almond and ½ tsp coconut extract)
¼ cup agave nectar
½ cup almond butter
1 whole egg + 1 egg yolk
¾ cup unsweetened coconut
½ cup chocolate chips (use vegan choc chips for dairy-free option)

1.  In a small bowl mix dry ingredients together.
2.  In a medium bowl mix wet ingredients until smooth, about 2 minutes.
3.  Add coconut to wet ingredients and stir until mixed in thoroughly.
4.  Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until all is incorporated and in a dough form.
5.  Fold chocolate chips in the dough.
6.  Scoop 1-tablespoon portions onto baking sheet covered with parchment paper. If you want flat cookies, gently flatten with your scoop.
7.  Put in fridge for 30 minutes to set.
8.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake cookies until edges are brown (about 12-15 minutes).
9.  Allow to cool.
10. ENJOY!

Now the house smells incredible.  I’m not sure how long these cookies will last for me – I’m going to have to freeze or hide them.  I am going to give some to Sue, one of my sweetest clients, who loves to bake and gives me a sample of her baked goods every Thursday (another reason I work out hard!). Now it’s my turn to feed her!

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