Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Cookies… I can’t think of a word that makes me happier! Maybe the word “massage” is a close second and “nap” is running for third, but COOKIE is definitely my favorite word and snack.

Cookies make everyone smile. EVERYONE. Have you ever heard a person say, “I hate cookies!” No. It’s not possible.

Cookies might be the world’s best common denominator. World peace through Cookie Ambassadorship! Why not? I take cookies to my friends and neighbors as a little memento that I’m thinking about them, and you know what? Cookies are little miracle workers. They mend relationships, form unbreakable bonds, and offer a symbol of hope to everyone who partakes!

…Ok, maybe I’m getting a carried away, but I REALLY love cookies. Especially these cookies.

I’ve been on an almond butter kick lately. When I need a little snack, I’ll grab a spoonful of rich creamy almond butter and slather it on top of half an apple. As a hardcore peanut butter lover, I was a little skeptical of almond butter at first. I mean really, what could beat good ol’ American peanut butter? These hoity-toity health food stores, with their “alternative” butters, weren’t going to sway me! Yet at first taste, I fell head-over-heels in love with almond butter and haven’t looked back.

Here I’ve taken my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe and substituted almond butter. Nothing fancy, just almond butter and a little chocolate. I’ll admit, they are not the most glamorous cookies I’ve ever made. But sprinkle a little sea salt on top to bring out the best in both the almond flavor and the chocolate, and you’ve got something really special!

Preparation:

Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Cream the butter, almond butter and sugars together in an electric mixer. Beat well. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Slowly mix the flour mixture in with the butter mixture. Mix in the almonds and chocolate.

Roll the dough into 2 tablespoon sized balls. Lay them on parchment paper-lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart.

Press the tops of the dough balls with the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in flour or sugar. Sprinkle the tops with a little sea salt.

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Yield: 3 dozen

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. salt
½ lb. butter (2 sticks)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup creamy almond butter
2 eggs
1 Tb. vanilla
1 cup chopped almond ( or sliced almonds)
1 - 4 oz. bar of chocolate, chopped
Sea salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

Cream the butter, almond butter and sugars together in an electric mixer. Beat well. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. *Add a little more flour, if the brand of almond butter you buy is runny.

Slowly mix the flour mixture in with the butter mixture. Mix in the almonds and chocolate.

Roll the dough into 2 tablespoon sized balls. Lay them on parchment paper-lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart.

Press the tops of the dough balls with the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in flour or sugar. Sprinkle the tops with a little sea salt.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for several minutes before moving.

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81 Responses to “Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies”

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    Blog is the New Black — March 10, 2011 @ 6:44 am

    Love the idea of using AB here!

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    sonia — March 10, 2011 @ 6:49 am

    Lovely cookies and simply loved the combo used- almond butter and chocolate chunks, my favorite. Cookie is my fav word too… !

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    The Food Hound — March 10, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    I need to eat almond butter- I am so behind the times! I agree that cookies make the world a happier place :) You forgot about the word “butter,” though!!

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    Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow — March 10, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    I love almond butter! These look so delicious, I definitely need to try them!

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    Steve @ HPD — March 10, 2011 @ 7:41 am

    Why are they called “cookies”? You bake them … shouldn’t they be called “bakies”?

    And pictures that move are called “movies.” But you don’t go to work in your drivie, or put the ice cream in the freezie.

    Whatever you call them … i’m going to call them “delicious.”

    Cheers!

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    Bethany — March 10, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    i adore almond butter! :)

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    My Kitchen in the Rockies — March 10, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    I just LOVE your new blog design, Sommer. Every time I visit, I have to look at all the little details.
    Somehow I forgot about almond butter. We used to eat it a lot a few years ago. I will put it back on the shopping list right now and bake some cookies!
    Have a great day.
    Kirsten

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert — March 10, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    I have an AB sandwich packed for lunch today. Love it! I made some AB cookies several months ago and never forgot about them. I may have to try these soon because they look incredible. You are so rig about sharing cookies leading to world peace. It’s the way to go :) Thanks for the tip about coconut in banana bread. Sounds like a great add to me! Beautiful photos … as always!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — March 10, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    I just love almond butter and I especially love using it in desserts Your cookies look sooo good and I love the addition of the chopped almonds. I’ll glady take a couple please. :)

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    Pachecopatty — March 10, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    Yes almond butter is good, I love it on toast with honey for breakfast. Your almond butter cookies look yummy and a great treat in the afternoon. I also like a little almond butter in salad dressing, adds a nutty flavor and creamy texture. I add a few chopped almonds on top of the salad;-)

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    carolinaheartstrings — March 10, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    Nothing better than a fresh baked cookie. The sure do make the world a better place. These look wonderful.

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    April — March 10, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    I am SO making this as soon as I get some Almond Butter!!! I LOVE almond butter too!!!!

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — March 10, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    Almond butter is one of my favorites! Have you had macadamia nut butter? I bet that would make a rockstar cookie too.

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    Lori — March 10, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    Nut butters, nut butters, how do I love thee, let me count the ways. And making your own is even tastier. I am totally loving these cookies. They look mighty inviting.

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    Emily @Cleanliness — March 10, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    Suddenly I am starving.

    I adore the cup smushing method. I must try it tonight!

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    Claudia — March 10, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    Here I sit – a person with almond butter in the fridge and I never bake with it. This looks grand and you have opened a new window for me.

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    RavieNomNoms — March 10, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    Oh how those are just jumping off the screen at me right now! Wow do those look good

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    Angie's Recipes — March 10, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    I just had some salad for dinner and am really HUNGRY now…a few of those chocolate cookies would be really wonderful for me.

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    The Cilantropist — March 10, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    I have to be honest, I haven’t actually tried almond butter yet because I am not a huge peanut butter fan (*gasp!*) but I think I might like it a lot better. I love your suggestion of just eating it on apples for a healthy snack, and of course, in these cookies it sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing Sommer, have an awesome day!

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    CLAIRE — March 10, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    these look PERFECT!

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    Fresh and Foodie — March 10, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

    Seriously, why hasn’t a spa invented the cookie massage?! I think you’re on to something here.

    Using almond butter in cookies is an awesome idea!

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    Lot-O-Choc — March 10, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    Mmm, i really wanna try some almond butter now!! They used to sell cashew butter over here in the UK but theyve taken it off the shelves now and all we have is PB :(.
    These cookies look amazing, I agree no one hates them..although everyone has a preference..crunchy or chewy?!

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    Belinda @zomppa — March 10, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    There is hope for world peace with these, for sure.

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    Lora @cakeduchess — March 10, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    Hi Sommer-Why didn’t I buy the big jar I sampled at Costco today!These cookies look amazing. Love almond butter:)

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    Steve @ HPD — March 10, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    Might be a new record … read your recipe at 7:30 … took a batch out of the oven at 1:00. Thanks!

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    Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen — March 10, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

    I haven’t tried almond butter yet, die hard pb fan here too! The cookies look delicious, so I might have to give it a try!

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    Liz — March 10, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    These sound fabulous (and look fabulous!)~

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    Malli — March 10, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

    Cookies are my favorite too after “Chocolate”:)
    The idea of almond butter is awesome and cookies look crumbly and moist… Yum!!

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    Chef Dennis — March 10, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    hi Sommer
    can you believe I have never tried almond butter, I must be living under a rock. Those cookies look positively delicious, and you make me want to run out right now by a jar of almond butter just so I can make them!
    Feel free to feed me cookies anytime I look faint while were running the festival!
    Dennis

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    Magic of Spice — March 10, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

    With almond butter…wonderful! They look terrific and so moist :)

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    Geni — March 10, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    Oh yum! I’ve never been a huge fan of peanut butter cookies, but these sound absolutely delicious! I cannot wait to try them!

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    OurEyes EatFirst — March 10, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    thanks for sharing! love the use of the glasses to spread out the cookies : j

    Jas at http://OurEyesEatFirst.blogspot.com

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    Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) — March 10, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

    Love the idea of using almond butter! :)

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    Lawyer Loves Lunch — March 10, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

    These look delicious! And really, glamorous cookies are overrated! I’ll take a good ol’ fashioned cookie any day :)

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    Dmarie — March 10, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    you always bake and manage to get great pictures of the most amazing foods, Spicy. if I lived in Asheville, and you had a shop, I’d be broke!

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    Aldy — March 10, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    Oooo, What a great intro for these BEAUTIFUL cookies, Sommer. They look so delicate and delicious… I’ll have to try these babies :) And you right Cookies make everyone in this world SMILE.

    Beautiful shoots :)

    Aldy.

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    Kate @ Diethood.com — March 10, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

    Sommer, what are you doing to me? I gained 5 lbs. just imagining myself eating your cookies! Oh my goodness…look at all that deliciousness…I love it!

    Btw, almond Butter has been creeping up on PB around here, too! It’s so good!

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    5 Star Foodie — March 10, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    These cookies look wonderful, must be fantastic made with almond butter!

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    The Farmers Wife — March 10, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    Those look so decadent! I love the use of AB, what a great flavor combo these must have!

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    Eileen — March 10, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

    I’m with you – cookies, massages, and naps – top 3!

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    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — March 10, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    I am soooo loving this cookie! I bet the almond butter gives these cookies an amazing flavor. I can’t wait to give these a try! Yum!! :)

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    A little bit of everything — March 10, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

    I like peanut butter but i Love almond butter. your cookies sound divine. and yes, cookies, massage and nap are my top favorites too :)

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    Hester aka The Chef Doc — March 10, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    Mmm! Absolutely beautifulness! I love the simplicity of the cookie and I bet it just tastes scrumptious!

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    Jill Colonna — March 11, 2011 @ 3:47 am

    These cookies look just gorgeous. You are so funny: love the massage and nap comment! Here’s to a great weekend and plenty of the top 3 words for you!

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    elle marie — March 11, 2011 @ 3:51 am

    Totally agree.. food, esp that of cookies.. can mend many… this sounds so divine and rich and almond butter… my gosh.. that’s the best thing since sliced bread.

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    Cherine — March 11, 2011 @ 5:30 am

    Those must be addictive!! I’d love to have some right now with my cup of coffee!

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    Shannon — March 11, 2011 @ 7:15 am

    Wow! These look great. I love cookies too! I haven’t tried almond butter yet, but I’m thinking I really need to get some ASAP!!

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    pam — March 11, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    I bought a big jar of almond butter at Costco. Love it!

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    Evan @swEEts — March 11, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    I have some almond butter that I need to use and I think these are just the cookies for it :) They sound delicious and I love the idea of sprinkling salt on them!

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    Christina of Form V Artisan — March 11, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    Oooo Nice!! I like you.

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    Susi — March 11, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    Sommer, I’m actually one of those strange people that is not in love with peanut butter. However, I LOVE almond butter and could easily eat a half a jar (not that I have done that). These cookies appeal to me for several reasons, they are cookies, have chocolate and are made with almond butter. These definitely need to be printed out. :o)

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    shabunam — March 11, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    I haven’t tried almond butter yet , but now I have to , your cookies look droolworthy .

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    lynn — March 11, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    Yum! I can’t wait to get my hands on some almond butter!

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    Katie@Cozydelicious — March 11, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    Can I be a cookie ambassador too? I think you’re on to something there! These look wonderful – love almond butter!

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    Kankana — March 11, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    The cookies looks gorgeous and the idea of World peace through Cookie Ambassadorship! GENIUS !! I can take the job ;)

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    Kita — March 11, 2011 @ 6:09 pm

    Loving this recipe! Sounds amazing and looks great :)

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    Sara — March 11, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

    As I’m not American, I did not grow up with peanut butter and when I moved to the US I discovered that I actually despise it. Really, I don’t like it at all! I have to skip all great baking recipes because of that. Now you give me a recipe with almond butter and I’m so excited about it! Finally! I’m going to love this one…and of course…cookies…who doesn’t love them?!

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    fooddreamer — March 12, 2011 @ 6:58 am

    These cookies look so good, Sommer. I love the sub of almond butter here. It’s good stuff!

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    Megan — March 12, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    These look so yummy. You are right, just saying “cookies” is enough to make me look around wondering where some are stashed for a tasty treat. We actually had a “cookie emergency” last night and whipped up a quick batch of classic chocolate chip cookies. So yummy! I can’t wait to try these with almond butter, awesome combo!

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    torviewtoronto — March 12, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    looks delicious lovely pictures

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    Katerina — March 12, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    Massage is a good word, it is a great word. I wish I had a massage now that my back hurts! i can compromise with those cookies though!

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    Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) — March 12, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    Those cookies look amazing!! :D

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    Suzanne — March 12, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    Wow, these cookies look amazing and your right cookies are an ambassador! I’m having a link party and would love for your to come over and link up these beauties!
    http://www.you-made-that.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/strawberry-cupcakes.jpg

    Cheers,
    Suzanne

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    Monet — March 13, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    I actually think they look perfect, and I’m sure they taste even better. I love almond butter! Thanks for sharing your creativity in the kitchen! Your words, recipes and photos always bring a big smile to my face. Have a great Monday!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 14, 2011 @ 4:04 am

    I’m all for world peace through Cookie Ambassadorship, and to prove it I’m going to make cookies – lots of them – you know for the cause and all ;-)

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    briarrose — March 14, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    These look so good. The sea salt on the top is an awesome touch.

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    Stella — March 14, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    Ooh, these sound so rich with that almond butter (and more wholesome too)! Me wants a cookie;-)

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    Tiffany — March 14, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    I love almond butter in/on everything! I totally want to try these cookies!

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    Apicius' Apprentice — March 15, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    Oh Sommer… You’re going to get me in trouble with these <3

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    Cookin' Canuck — March 23, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    While we still use peanut butter, almond butter has definitely become our “butter” of choice. These cookies look fantastic!

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    Amy | She Wears Many Hats — March 24, 2011 @ 5:34 am

    These do look tasty! We had almond butter on hand a few times and it doesn’t last long.

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    Deeba — April 1, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

    Never heard of almond butter…and am in love with these cookies! Woke up feeling like a cookie monster this morning. Should give these a shot. They are fabulous!

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    Courtney — September 26, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    Delicious recipe. Thank you for sharing! I added pepitas instead of chopped almonds. Gave a nice color, crunch and a little added iron :) I will make these again and again!

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    wholistic — October 19, 2011 @ 6:30 am

    WOW! These pictures made me run to my pantry to get my Almondie’s almond butter! Will definitely make this later :) My kids would love to take this to school as their snack.

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    Anna — October 21, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    I just discovered your site via Twitter (and the giveaway). What great recipes! I have some almond butter I need to use and will try these soon.

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    Candy — October 23, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

    Great recipe! I made these today and they’re really wonderful! I addded about a 1/4 teaspoon almond extract just to kick it up a notch.

    Thanks for sharing this!

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    Sharon — February 7, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    I love the idea of the sea salt on top. In an effort to be more health conscious I cut back on the salt in the recipe and then pressed the tops of the balls of cookie dough in coarsely grated sea salt. Wow! To keep people from being shocked by the taste of the salt. I make sure that everyone who tries mine know they are called ” Salty Almond Cookies”

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    Sue — June 1, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    I had some almond butter that needed using up so I searched around and finally decided that this was the recipe I wanted to try. Bravo! These are great! I get anxious trying online recipes from sources I am not familiar with. Sometimes things turn out terribly. I will make these again. Thank you!

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    Ordinary Blogger — August 24, 2014 @ 8:21 pm

    These look amazing. My husband is allergic to peanut butter and I really miss pb cookies. These look like a great alternative.

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