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Almond Cookie Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

I just finished making around 60 of these to bring to an event and some as gifts for family. I have eaten about 5 of them in the process. They are super tasty. I made some last night and they taste even better today now that they've been in the fridge for a while. They are easy to dazzle up and decorate with chocolate, coconut shreds, sprinkles, cacao nibs etc...

They are quite fast to whip up and great for social gatherings because they are small and are quite sturdy. They are delicate after coming out of the oven, but when they have been in the fridge for a few hours, you could probably drop one on the ground and it would still stay together.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups almond meal (both blanched or unblanched works)
  • 2 tbs cornstarch / arrowroot starch / coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of sea salt
  • few shakes of cinnamon, nutmeg & ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup xylitol / stevia
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tbs vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tbs coconut oil 
  • Optional: 2 tbs vegan chocolate chips
  • Optional toppings: Shredded coconut, cacao nibs, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, liquid chocolate

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Finish mixing with your hands (I find it easier with your hands, but you don't have to :)).
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Get out a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Get out a tablespoon measuring spoon and scoop out a tablespoon of the dough and place it on the baking sheet. Repeat with the best of the dough.
  3. Bake for 10-11 minutes. I find that they can start to burn quickly, so even an extra minute of baking could lead to them being a bit burnt. 
  4. Allow them to fully cool on a wire cooling rack. If you want them to be dipped in chocolate, melt your chocolate and carefully dip one side of the cookie in it and place in a container lined with parchment. While you chocolate is still wet, you can sprinkle on whatever toppings you wish. You can even coat the entire cooke in chocolate. When you're finish, place them in the fridge and wait for the chocolate to set. Then you'll have a solid chocolate layer and a cookie centre. :)

They should last for quite a while in the fridge. They might even freeze well too! I am glad I am giving them away later...I don't want to end up eating them all. :P But as far as cookies go, they are quite healthy. 

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