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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    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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