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Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

The BEST Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk CookiesAlmond Butter Chocolate Chunk 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.

Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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.

Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Recipe

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!

Best Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

How to Make Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies:

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.

Making Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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.

How to Make Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup creamy almond butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped almond ( or sliced almonds)
  • 4 ounce bar of chocolate, chopped
  • Sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  2. 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.
  3. Slowly mix the flour mixture in with the butter mixture. Mix in the almonds and chocolate.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for several minutes before moving.

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Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe

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81 Responses to “Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies”

  1. Blog is the New Blackposted March 10, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Love the idea of using AB here!


  2. soniaposted March 10, 2011 at 6:49 am

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


  3. The Food Houndposted March 10, 2011 at 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!!


  4. Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Growposted March 10, 2011 at 7:13 am

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


  5. Steve @ HPDposted March 10, 2011 at 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.”



  6. Bethanyposted March 10, 2011 at 7:43 am

    i adore almond butter! :)


  7. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted March 10, 2011 at 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.


  8. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted March 10, 2011 at 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!


  9. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagelsposted March 10, 2011 at 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. :)


  10. Pachecopattyposted March 10, 2011 at 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;-)


  11. carolinaheartstringsposted March 10, 2011 at 11:02 am

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


  12. Aprilposted March 10, 2011 at 11:46 am

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


  13. Emily @Cleanlinessposted March 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Suddenly I am starving.

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


  14. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Tableposted March 10, 2011 at 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.


  15. Loriposted March 10, 2011 at 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.


  16. Claudiaposted March 10, 2011 at 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.


  17. RavieNomNomsposted March 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

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


  18. Angie's Recipesposted March 10, 2011 at 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.


  19. The Cilantropistposted March 10, 2011 at 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!


  20. CLAIREposted March 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    these look PERFECT!


  21. Fresh and Foodieposted March 10, 2011 at 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!


  22. Lot-O-Chocposted March 10, 2011 at 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?!


  23. Belinda @zomppaposted March 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm

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


  24. Lora @cakeduchessposted March 10, 2011 at 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:)


  25. Steve @ HPDposted March 10, 2011 at 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!


  26. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchenposted March 10, 2011 at 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!


  27. Lizposted March 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    These sound fabulous (and look fabulous!)~


  28. Malliposted March 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm

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


  29. Chef Dennisposted March 10, 2011 at 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!


  30. Magic of Spiceposted March 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm

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


  31. Geniposted March 10, 2011 at 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!


  32. OurEyes EatFirstposted March 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm

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

    Jas at http://OurEyesEatFirst.blogspot.com


  33. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish)posted March 10, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Love the idea of using almond butter! :)


  34. Lawyer Loves Lunchposted March 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm

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


  35. Dmarieposted March 10, 2011 at 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!


  36. 5 Star Foodieposted March 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm

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


  37. Aldyposted March 10, 2011 at 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 :)



  38. Kate @ Diethood.composted March 10, 2011 at 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!


  39. The Farmers Wifeposted March 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm

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


  40. Eileenposted March 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm

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


  41. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchenposted March 10, 2011 at 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!! :)


  42. A little bit of everythingposted March 10, 2011 at 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 :)


  43. Hester aka The Chef Docposted March 10, 2011 at 11:33 pm

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


  44. Jill Colonnaposted March 11, 2011 at 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!


  45. elle marieposted March 11, 2011 at 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.


  46. Cherineposted March 11, 2011 at 5:30 am

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


  47. Shannonposted March 11, 2011 at 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!!


  48. pamposted March 11, 2011 at 8:15 am

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


  49. Evan @swEEtsposted March 11, 2011 at 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!


  50. Christina of Form V Artisanposted March 11, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Oooo Nice!! I like you.


  51. Susiposted March 11, 2011 at 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)


  52. shabunamposted March 11, 2011 at 1:14 pm

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


  53. lynnposted March 11, 2011 at 1:14 pm

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


  54. Katie@Cozydeliciousposted March 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm

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


  55. Kankanaposted March 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm

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


  56. Kitaposted March 11, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Loving this recipe! Sounds amazing and looks great :)


  57. Saraposted March 11, 2011 at 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?!


  58. fooddreamerposted March 12, 2011 at 6:58 am

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


  59. Meganposted March 12, 2011 at 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!


  60. torviewtorontoposted March 12, 2011 at 10:41 am

    looks delicious lovely pictures


  61. Katerinaposted March 12, 2011 at 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!


  62. Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)posted March 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Those cookies look amazing!! :D


  63. Suzanneposted March 12, 2011 at 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!



  64. Monetposted March 13, 2011 at 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!


  65. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted March 14, 2011 at 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 ;-)


  66. briarroseposted March 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm

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


  67. Stellaposted March 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm

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


  68. Tiffanyposted March 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm

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


  69. Apicius' Apprenticeposted March 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm

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


  70. Cookin' Canuckposted March 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm

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


  71. Amy | She Wears Many Hatsposted March 24, 2011 at 5:34 am

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


  72. Deebaposted April 1, 2011 at 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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  74. Courtneyposted September 26, 2011 at 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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  76. wholisticposted October 19, 2011 at 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.


  77. Annaposted October 21, 2011 at 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.


  78. Candyposted October 23, 2011 at 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!


  79. Sharonposted February 7, 2012 at 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”


  80. Sueposted June 1, 2012 at 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!


  81. Ordinary Bloggerposted August 24, 2014 at 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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