Almond Butter, Dark Chocolate & Coconut Cookies

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Author Notes: These cookies bake up gorgeously, with a crackled top and chewy interior. They are delicious as is or with a handful of dried cherries stirred in with the chocolate and coconut.Sarah | strawberryplum

Food52 Review: Wow. These cookies were a revelation in subtle taste experience. Having never baked with almond butter before, I was not prepared for the quiet sophistication of the flavor and texture it provided. The coconut was also very subtle, yet added a crunch and flavor note that was very pleasing. The cookies were wonderful just out of the oven and, in the name of testing, some actually made it to the next day where their deliciousness was proved once again. We will be making these over and over -- I can already think of all kinds of additions and variations I want to try. lmikkel

Makes 2 dozen cookies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (or 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream butter, almond butter, and sugars until smooth. Add egg and vanilla, then beat until well incorporated. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the creamed butters and sugars and mix on a low speed until just combined. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Make 1-inch balls of dough (about 2 tablespoons) and place on prepared baking sheets. These are pretty big cookies -- don’t crowd them. I baked just 6 per pan. Bake until lightly golden around the edges but still quite soft in the center, 12 to 14 minutes. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Serve with ice cold milk.

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22 days ago VanessaJo

Oh my, but these are delicious. My husband is literally licking his plate. I used TJ's almond butter and subbed white wheat flour for 1/2 of the AP flour called for. I also used salted butter and TJ's pound-sized chocolate bar as the chocolate source. The cookies didn't spread as much as I expected; I could have probably fit 8 on a standard-sized jelly roll pan.

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22 days ago VanessaJo

oops - edit that to read i subbed the white wheat flour for 1/2 CUP of the AP flour.

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3 months ago morgan

Can I substitute whole wheat flour instead of white flour?

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4 months ago Nancy Charlton

I tried subbing almond butter for peanut and almonds for peanuts in a recipe some time ago, and it was a fiasco. I'm eager to try this. I'd like to take them to a vegetarian potluck. Would it work to sub coconut oil or Nutiva shortening for the butter? I love the sound of this recipe and will try it soon.

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4 months ago Josie Marsh

Very good. I subbed out 1 cup of the flour for a light whole wheat flour and they are great.

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4 months ago Josie Marsh

And added 1/2 t of baking powder.

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8 months ago jen_bellenger

This recipe sounded so good that I had to make it, but some of the comments concerned me. I ended up following the directions except pressed the dough down with a fork and chilled before baking. I also was able to fit nine cookies on the sheet without a problem. They came out perfectly when I baked for 12 min.

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10 months ago Cathy Conried

Followed the recipe exactly, but my cookies didn't brown up like the picture. plus the choc chips didn't melt. They look dry.

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10 months ago Paige H

I substituted a quarter cup of the white sugar for an extra quarter cup of brown sugar and switched the baking soda for powder. They didn't really spread (as I expected), but the exteriors were crispy and the interiors super soft. Definitely making again!

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11 months ago Josie Marsh

These are great. I subbed walnuts for the whole almonds.

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about 1 year ago [email protected]

Followed the recipe exactly and they turned out perfect ! Remember almond butter is the new peanut butter. My mother would have used sweetened peanut butter back in the day.
These were just the right level of sweet when made with natural almond butter. I flattened the balls of dough with a fork before baking. I will definitely make again.

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about 1 year ago Lisa

Could I substitute Smart Balance for the butter? I am allergic to milk :(

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about 1 year ago Sarah | strawberryplum

I'm afraid I've never used smart balance so I really don't know if it's an even substitute when baking. If you try it, I hope you'll let us know how it works out.

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about 1 year ago Lisa

I will let you know. I use the Organic Smart Balance for other things, but have not baked with it, yet.

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over 1 year ago Janet949

Made the standard 3 ingredient gluten free almond butter cookies added the coconut, and chunk chopped 72% Dark. All gone, none left!

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over 1 year ago Shallot

Very tasty, but mine didn't spread much at all either, and I ended up flattening the second batch. I also found them a bit on the dry side, and I made no substitutions at all. I used Trader Joe's natural almond butter.

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over 1 year ago Diana Fox

I used toasted almonds and served them to guests. My husband who does not eat sweets loved them, so did everyone else. Thank you.
I also froze them and baked them the next day as needed.

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about 2 years ago gustus

Which state of almonds do you use...raw, roasted, dry roasted, or something else?

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about 2 years ago Sarah | strawberryplum

I used raw almonds, but I think roasted would be excellent as well.

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about 2 years ago Arathi

Do you think it would be OK to leave out the coconut? I'm not a fan of coconut in cookies (or generally in desserts) but everything else about this recipe sounds SO delicious. Is there something else I could sub in, or just leave it out entirely?

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about 2 years ago Sarah | strawberryplum

I think you could leave it out completely or you could try adding a little oatmeal instead or stirring in some dried fruit if you want something more.

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about 2 years ago ChefJune

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I'm saving these. I'm sure my eaters would gobble these up, but I'm also thinking they'd be a great addition to my christmas cookie platter.

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about 2 years ago AntoniaJames

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Saved to my must-try-soon collection. What a great idea, using big chunks of almond. ;o)

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about 2 years ago Hilarybee

I made these this morning. They are SO delicious--I actually had to give away half the batch. I was worried I'd consume them all before anyone could stop me.

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about 2 years ago AntoniaJames

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I can certainly see how that would be a serious risk, which is why I won't be making these until my son returns later this month, or we have company -- whichever comes first!! ;o)

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about 2 years ago mstv

Oops, typing on iPad. This cookie is not too sweet - I meant to say.

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about 2 years ago mstv

I made these using a natural almond butter. They did not spread as much as the picture. Next time I would flatten them a bit before baking. I baked for 14 minutes since they looked very wet at 12. I think I would pull them out at 12 minutes next time even if they look wet, they were drier than I expected but still chewy and very tasty even a few days later. This cookie is not to sweet, very tasty, and keeps well.

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about 2 years ago Sarah | strawberryplum

Anna--sorry the cookies didn't work out for you. I've never baked with coconut oil...perhaps it's not a direct substitute for butter?