Monday, October 19, 2015

Almond Lovers Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was wanting to make a batch of cookies to send to my girls.  They would probably like for me to stick to a regular recipe of Chocolate Chip Cookies but.... they are used to me being creative.  I was thinking about different flavors that I love and I decided to try almond and chocolate.  I was going to just switch the vanilla extract for almond extract and add toasted almond.... and then I saw this recipe on Picky Palate.  You should definitely visit the Picky Palate - she just posted a recipe for Oatmeal Walnut Banana Caramel Pancakes that looks "to die for".

I love almond.  If you haven't made these Almond Bars yet, you definitely need to try them. These Almond Lovers Chocolate Chip Cookies are just as yummy.  I love how they look, I love the texture and I LOVE how they taste!  You should look for almond paste in the baking aisle of the grocery store on your next shopping trip.

Almond Lover's Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from Picky Palate)

2 sticks softened butter
3/4 Cup granulated sugar
3/4 Cup brown sugar
3 oz  Pure Almond Paste (comes in a five or six oz pkg)
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 oz bag chocolate chips
3/4 Cup chopped almonds (I toasted mine)
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until well combined, light and fluffy.  Add the almond paste in pieces until well combined.  Add in eggs and vanilla until well combined.
2.  In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt.  Slowly add to wet ingredients along with the chocolate chips.  Mix until just combined.  Scoop onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet with a medium cookie scoop.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just golden crisp on the outside.  Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
about 3 dozen cookies

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