Gooey Yummy Delicious Chocolate Christmas Cookies
- 2 cups almond meal flour
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¼ cup unsalted dry roasted macadamia nuts
- ¼ cup fresh raspberries
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 1 egg, beaten lightly
- ¼ cup eggnog, or almond milk “nog”
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup brown sugar (if you want your cookies to taste more traditionally sweet, add an extra ¼ cup)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, mix together almond meal, flour, salt, baking powder, and cocoa. In a smaller bowl, mix together the melted butter, eggnog, maple syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Add the liquids to the dry ingredients, stirring until well-combined. Stir in chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, and raspberries. Refrigerate dough for at least an hour. Once chilled, make small balls of dough and place onto an aluminum-foil or parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes.
Which of the following scenarios involving chocolate really happened?
- It is the holidays. You are at home, curled up by a fireplace, with the book The Night Before Christmas open and some half-eaten cookies nearby. You’ve spent the day playing outside in the snow, and you’re now warming up with the comfort of hot chocolate.
- It’s hundreds of years ago. An Italian conquistador in Mexico is offered hot cocoa but rejects it for over a year, thinking it seems like “a drink for pigs.” [http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/winter12/chocolate.cfm] When he finally tries it, it’s only because of a wine shortage. He thinks it’s bitter and is surprised that it doesn’t get him drunk. He’s pretty into hot cocoa after all.
- It’s 2014. A health website trying to show up in search engines reports on an Italian study that’s found that women who eat chocolate daily have better sex lives, just in time for Valentine’s Day. After minimal investigation, the article reveals itself to be the epitome of lazy health journalism; the study they claim is “recent” was actually published in 2006, and the conclusion of the study clearly says that once age was adjusted for in the data, chocolate consumption had an insignificant effect on libido. None of this changes the fact that people think chocolate is sexy and want to read articles about chocolate being sexy.
- It’s the second week of December. I decide to go truly insane, put on some Christmas jamz, and create a festive, colorful, healthy-ish Christmas cookie. I use all sorts of crazy ingredients: eggnog, fresh raspberries, some old macadamia nuts that my mom sent me home with. I just put it all in there!
If you said 2, 3, and 4, congratulations! They’re all correct, and you’re very knowledgeable about chocolate and probably the world in general. If you said 1, congratulations again! Your life is the stuff of Hallmark commercials.
I can’t say whether chocolate turns your mind to holidays and comfort, history, aphrodisiacs, or your suspicions about health reporting. I can say that it makes my life much better.
These cookies are light and cocoa-y, with the added benefit of having more real ingredients than traditional cookies. Enjoy!