I know. I know. I don't call, I don't write. I'm sorry. In my defense, I've been really really busy (okay, that's a lame excuse, but it doesn't make it any less true). I've got important things coming up. But we'll get to that later. On to the good stuff.
"C" is for cookie. I put this picture at the top of the post for a reason. Stare at those cookies for moment, will you? Just lying there, in all their chocolate and crispy glory.... My ideal version of a chocolate chip cookie is actually a slightly burnt one. Strange, I know.
When I was a kid, I would purposely ask for everything well done. I liked my eggs scrambled over hard, I baked my chicken nuggets till they were dark brown and had the potential to break teeth, and I always add the crusty part of bread, discarding the center. So, I guess my inherent love of crispy things carried over into my sweet tooth, as well. Go figure, huh?
Obviously, my paleo-ified version of the real deal may be slightly disappointing if you're expecting something on Duncan Hines' level, but as far as Paleo versions go, these come pretty close to cookie nirvana. Just saying.
In other news, welcome to 2014 everyone! I think it's shaping up to be a pretty great year. I can just feel it. My birthday is in a couple of days, which makes me pretty darn excited. (I'm still young enough that I actually look forward to turn a year older, but I'm sure that'll pass in a couple of years, or when I hit 30 -- whichever comes first).
J is coming in town to celebrate, and I'm busy looking up Paleo cake recipes. (I don't want to be that girl who makes her own birthday cake, but since non of my friends here in Columbus are Paleo.... a girl's gotta do what girl's gotta do.) So if any of you have a great Paleo cake and frosting recipe (it's all about the frosting), please send it my way. Thanks!
Anyway, back to the cookies. They're oozy, gooey, and totally delicious. I really don't know what more I can say! So if you've got a hankering for something sweet, go ahead and make a batch of these delicious treats. And go ahead and eat two or three
or ten in one sitting. No judgement here.
Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups almond flour, finely ground
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life)
1/3 cup melted coconut oil or palm shortening
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar (I like this brand)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons coconut milk (full fat)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, sift the almond flour, baking soda, and sea salt.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg well. Add the coconut oil and palm sugar and continue mixing. Add the vanilla extract and the coconut milk and stir until combined. Add the wet ingredients slowly to the dry ingredients, taking care not to over-mix. Add a half cup of chocolate chips (or the whole bag).
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a melon ball scooper or ice cream scoop, place rounded circles of the cookie dough at 2-3 inch intervals on the parchment paper. Using your fingers, flatten out the balls until the dough resembles thin circles. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until desired crispiness is reached. Enjoy!