Sunday, September 11, 2011

Almond Butter Cookies

I whipped up these cookies using only a few ingredients, with one of my favorite things as the star - almond butter. They are particularly great because they're just sweet enough for a treat but also healthy enough to be a great snack. I would even bring these along with me on a hike or trail run. As an added bonus, they're gluten free since I made them with oat flour instead of whole wheat flour. You can find oat flour at almost every supermarket (I bought mine at Trader Joe's), or make it yourself by putting some rolled oats in a food processor and running it until it resembles a coarse flour. To add some extra interest (and texture), I rolled these cookies in chopped sliced almonds before baking. The agave nectar and almond butter combination does lead these to leak out a little bit of stickiness while they're baking - don't worry about this, it actually creates a nice caramelized bottom. I was also able to fit all of these onto one baking sheet since they don't expand much when baking, which makes these quick enough to make even on a weeknight.

Almond Butter Cookies
Makes 16-18 cookies

Active Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time: 10-12 minutes

1 c. creamy almond butter
1 egg
3/4 c. oat flour
1/2 c. cane sugar
1/4 c. agave nectar
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. fine grain sea salt
1/2 to 3/4 c. sliced almonds, chopped

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and put in the fridge for 30 minutes (you can also leave them in there longer if need be). Remove from the fridge, roll the dough into about 1-1 1/2'' balls, then flatten slightly with your hands, and roll in the chopped sliced almonds. Transfer to a baking sheet and cook for 10-12 minutes. Let cool for at least a few minutes on the baking sheet to set, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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