Grain-Free Almond Butter Cookies

I love to bake cookies.  I find it oddly therapeutic.  Something about the mixing and the rolling the dough in my hands.  So, while we’ve given up wheat, I’m not ready to give up cookies.  Ria loves to help stir and to roll the dough balls.  Her balls are a little deflated and not very circular, but she loves them just the same.  And you know what?  I can’t always tell the different when they come out of the oven.  When I put the chocolate chunks on each cookie so would point to the one that needed it’s chocolate next.  “This one! aaand this one! aaaaand this one!”  I love baking with this kid.

These cookies are very simple and are grain and peanut free.  They taste a lot like classic peanut butter cookies but are a bit less chewy (unless you eat them still warm from the oven, which is the best!).  You could do chocolate chips easily, but I didn’t have any in the house.  I’ll do some more experimenting and see if I can do a honey version, but for now I used organic cane sugar, so I feel okay about it 🙂

1 cup almond butter (I prefer smooth)
1 egg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 a bar of dark chocolate (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix all ingredients thoroughly.  I always use my hands, then I know there’s no weird lumpy bits.  Make into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart.  These are fairly spready cookies, so give them some breathing room.  If using chocolate, chop it into decent chunks (little slivers just melt away and get lost.  It’s a waste of chocolate, frankly.) and press a piece into each cookie ball.  Bake in your 350 oven for about 10 minutes.  Keep a close eye as they tend to brown quickly.  Try to keep toddler from burning fingers because she’s so excited to eat her cookie!

Also, I hadn’t intended to feed these to the baby (I try to avoid sugar before one), but Ria’s on a sharing kick these days (only with food, heaven forbid you try and get her to share a train) and I keep catching Sunny crawling around with bits of food.  There are cookie crumbs all over my house, I guess I should go sweep those up!