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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies with Almonds

I made these vegan chocolate chip cookies also gluten-free by using Bob's Red Mill 1:1 baking flour. You can use a little less than the recipe calls for if you prefer a thinner cookie. I also used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar since that's what I had on hand. Sticking with this recipe will definitely produce a chewier, softer cookie. But I didn't mind!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces vegan chocolate at least 70% cocoa, from a high-quality chocolate bar, hand broken into pieces
  • 1/2 cup roasted and salted almonds
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened creamy natural almond butter
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup tightly packed dark brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two half sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, combine the chocolate and almonds. Pulse for a few seconds at a time until the ingredients are chopped into 1- to 2-inch pieces, 10 to 15 seconds.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, almond butter, water, and vanilla until smooth. Add the sugar and whisk until combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula until just combined. Add the chopped chocolate and almonds and mix until evenly distributed throughout.
  5. Use a 3-tablespoon cookie dough scoop to portion the cookie dough into balls and place them at least 3 inches apart on the prepared sheet pans. If the cookie dough seems too soft to scoop, refrigerate for 10 minutes. Bake one pan at a time for 12 minutes, until the edges have set but the centers are still gooey. The cookies will look puffed when you pull them out of the oven, but will fall and crack into the perfect cookies as they cool. Cool the cookies on the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes, or until the edges and bottoms of the cookies feel firm to the touch. Repeat with remaining cookie dough balls (or freeze it to bake later). Serve warm or at room temperature. The cookies can be stored, in an airtight container at room temperature, for up to 3 days.