Chocolate Covered Almond & Coconut Cookies

Monday, May 27, 2013

You would think that my first post after such a long absence would be a tiny bit grander than chocolate cookies but let me tell you being away from my kitchen for as long as I have, has taken a toll on me as well as... my kitchen! 

Since I left for Athens, back in November, George has been using our kitchen to cook his meals. He is hardly a Master Chef but he can cook more or less your basic pasta, rice and meat dishes. In hindsight this was both a blessing and a curse... for me, that is, because for him it is definitely a blessing. I mean how many married men with full time jobs do you know who are comfortable enough in the kitchen to  be able to ask you over Skype "where do you keep the crock-pot because I'm in a mood for a pot roast this weekend" and don't end up in the ER with 3rd degree burns or food poisoning!!! So yes, I was able to leave him - almost guilt free - to his own devises, but now that I am back I have to work really hard to "reclaim" my kitchen from Chef George's "Reign of Change" !!

Everything and I mean everything has been completely rearranged, moved around and messed up. Ooops, sorry, I wanted to write mixed up but I cannot hide the truth! It has taken me 3 full days to clean and put everything back in order! But I am not complaining. Far from it! I am grateful that he has managed so well on his own for such a long time.  
My eagerness to get back to baking and blogging was such that the moment my kitchen started to resemble its old self I  wanted to bake something to celebrate my return home! I wanted something simple and these easy to make/ easier to eat chocolate bites fit the bill perfectly! They are gluten and dairy free but they hide it so well they got everyone who tried them fooled. I was really pleased with them and I think they are the perfect recipe for my humble comeback!
Chocolate Covered Almond & Coconut Cookies
Adapted from "Paleo Indulgencies" by Tammy Credicot
Servings: 50 cookies
150 gr almond flour
50 gr coconut flour
2 tablespoons arrowroot flour
25 gr cocoa powder
120 ml maple syrup
1 egg
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
60 ml coconut oil
200 gr dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine almond, coconut and arrowroot flours with the cocoa powder in a large bowl. Add the maple syrup, the egg and the vanilla extract and blend well. You can use a hand mixer to do this. Pour the coconut oil slowly in and bit until everything is combined.

Place the mixture into a large piece of plastic wrap and shape it like a log with a 5cm diameter. Wrap it very tightly and put it in the freezer for about 2 - 3 hours.

Before you remove the log from the freezer make sure that you have preheated your oven to 180C/350F degrees.

Now you have to slice the log to about 0.5cm thick slices. This is not very hard as long as the log is frozen so it has to be done quite fast. If you feel that the log is getting warm put back in the freezer for 20 minutes. Place the slices on baking sheets that you have lined with parchment paper and bake them for 12 - 14 minutes until the centres are firm and the edges start to brown a bit. When they are baked remove them from the baking sheets and let them cool completely on wire racks.

Melt the chocolate either in the microwave oven or by placing the pieces in a heatproof bowl that is sitting on top of pot of simmering water. Make sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl that contains the chocolate. Chocolate is very sensitive and the heat might burn it!. Stir smoothly until the chocolate melts completely then stir in the vanilla extract.

Remove the bowl from the heat  and then dip the cool cookies into the melted chocolate. You can use two forks to do this and you can scrap off any excess along the edge of the bowl. Lay the chocolate coated cookies on the parchment lined baking sheets and put them in the fridge until the chocolate sets. This can take from 30 minutes to 1 hour or more. When the chocolate is hard enough you can take them out of the fridge and enjoy them!

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1 comment:

  1. I love chocolate cookies. I wish I can bake.


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