Double Chocolate Espresso Almond Cookies

Double Chocolate Espresso Almond Cookies

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What could be more perfect than chocolate? Hmmmmm.....espresso with chocolate! Those two flavors compliment each other so perfectly. To make it even more scrumptious...a little almond flavor from almond flour to further enhance them. The almond flour gives an amazing nutty flavor, texture and moisture to these cookies. It's shocking that they are oil-free and dairy-free, they are truly the best cookies I've ever made.

These vegan cookies are pillowy, soft and chewy cookies, like you'll find in a bakery. These have become the most popular cookies among family and friends. Considering none of them are vegan, I'd say that's saying a lot!

Update: See my more recent post and better photos of these Vegan Double Chocolate Espresso Almond Cookies here!

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Double Chocolate Espresso Almond Cookies

15 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao chocolate powder (a more authentic chocolate taste)
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground espresso powder (use a quality strong espresso like Illy-it makes a difference-I love Illy the best)
  • 1 teaspoon Madagascar bourbon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons applesauce, leveled off (sub the 2 Tbsp with oil for a richer cookie)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup dairy free chocolate chunks, not chips, chunks will give more of a bakery/gourmet feel (I use Enjoy Life brand)
  • Optional: Evaporated sprinkling sugar for the tops

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees and line 2 dark metal sheet pans with parchment paper, not foil. These will bake better on dark metal pans, than aluminum.
  2. Add the first 8 ingredients (almond flour through to the baking powder) to a large bowl through a strainer (to catch any lumps) and whisk very well. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. In a separate small bowl or mug, combine the espresso with the wet ingredients (applesauce, lemon juice and vanilla). Now, add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until all incorporated and a sticky dough forms. It will seem to dry at first, but trust me, keep stirring and pressing the dough with the back of the spoon until it is thick, wet and sticky.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls using a melon scooper or large spoon. A scooper will give more even shapes, but totally not necessary. Do not spread out or flatten the dough. Top with sprinkling sugar if desired for a decorate look. Bake the first pan on the middle rack for 10 minutes. Let them cool on the pan for 10 minutes and transfer to cool completely on a rack. Bake the 2nd pan while the 1st pan is cooling.
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  2. Your cookies look just stunning & heavenly too! :) I must make them soon! ;) MMMMMMMM!
  3. Thank you so much!! They are all eaten up now, lol! Yes, please do and I hope you like them and let me know :)
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  5. Oh wow, thank you so much! I'm honored especially being my blog is less than a month old! I will work on those responses and post! Thank you so much girl! :)
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  6. Thanks a million! You made my day! :)
  7. [...] Double Chocolate Espresso Almond Cookies-Vegan (thehealthyflavor.com) [...]
  8. [...] Double Chocolate Espresso Almond Cookies-Vegan (thehealthyflavor.com) [...]
  9. Ooh yes, like Tiramisu! YUM! They look and sound delicious!
    • Thank you Vegan Sparkles!! They've been a huge hit...I think I've made 7 batches now of them in the last week lol! And yes,aaahhh Tiramisu just happens to be my favorite dessert on the planet!!! Thank you for your sweet comment :)
  10. I have made your lovely cookes & theyr ocked! :) thanks again!
  11. I mean: They rocked!
  12. Oh thanks so much Sophie33!! So glad you enjoyed them and thank you for trying them! :) I need to make your strawberry spread this week..mmmmmm :)
  13. erika
    THANK YOU! :)
  14. [...] I like these better than my double chocolate espresso cookies…they are my new favorite! I ate 2 before I even took my [...]
  15. Thank you so much Erika over at http://goodcleanfood.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/garden-fresh-sweet-potato-chili-with-creamy-polenta/ for that wonderful recognition of this recipe!! :)
  16. [...] recently made my Double Chocolate Espresso Almond Cookies for my friend Lesli. She really loved them and mentioned they would be really good with cherries [...]
  17. These look so delicious! And I love the edge of bourbon vanilla and applesauce! Wonderful!!
    • Thank you so much!! That Bourbon vanilla has such an amazing flavor and smell, so much better than regular vanilla! :)
  18. Anonymous
    My husband just LOVES these cookies. I have to rpomise to keep a batch around at all times. It is his after dinner treat and he usually can't stop at one.
    • Oh thank you so much for that feedback! I really appreciate that. Funny you mentioned your husband...I just made a batch myself because my husband is obsessed with them! Thanks again :)
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  20. [...] it all turned out. We all had a great time! Enjoy the pics! I made my maple vanilla cupcakes and double chocolate espresso cookies. The maple syrup gives the cupcakes a different depth of sweetness than just all regular sugar, as [...]
  21. [...] They are extremely addictive. These are the thin, crispy type of cookies…the opposite of my double chocolate espresso cookies. These are the EASIEST and fastest cookies to prepare as well. Seriously..only took me about 5 [...]
  22. [...] I like these better than my double chocolate espresso cookies…they are my new [...]
  23. [...] Seriously….is there anything better than dark chocolate and espresso?! My friends seem to agree with me too, because they all seriously love my Double Chocolate Espresso Almond Cookies. [...]
  24. Lovely blog! These cookies look amazing. Chocolate and espresso are two of my favorite ingredients, especially when the word 'double' appears in front of them!
    • Haha thank you Saskia! If you like chocolate and espresso, check out my new post Dark Chocolate Espresso Biscotti! They are rich in chocolate flavor!! http://thehealthyflavor.com/2012/10/31/virtual-vegan-potluck-dish-dark-chocolate-espresso-biscotti-tower/
  25. I am saving this along with several other recipes that you have authored. I am making a vegan cookie gift for a friend, I have a great (actually incredible) chocolate cake recipe from an Aussie blog. I love these.
    • Ooh share that chocolate cake recipe! Please! Thank you! These have been a hit, even with my followers making them. We are a little obsessed with them here haha! :)
  26. Brandi, are these the double chocolate espresso cookies you mentioned??? I need to bake these!
    • Yes, Alice!! They are my most requested cookie among friends (and the Supersized chocolate chip ones)! If you make them, I definitely recommend using chocolate chunks as I did and not just chips, and grind your almonds (more moisture). I'm sure you'd love them or my chocolate chip ones :)
  27. Thanks for all the tips Brandi.Love this recipe. I've never tasted an espresso cookie before. Next Chinese New Year, I'm gonna bake my own using your amazing recipes! 很高兴认识你 (Great to know you!) :-)
    • Thank you Danny! Sorry I just got this message! I hope you enjoy this. It is my most popular cookie recipe with friends! :)
  28. [...] Adapted from The Healthy Flavor. [...]
  29. I made these cookies yesterday morning for a reception at my church's Carol Sing. I made one batch, tasted the cookie and immediately made more, because I knew that they would be a hit! Sure enough, they were eaten all up, and a friend sent me a Facebook request first thing this morning for the recipe! The best cookie ever. Thanks!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Haha, love it! Back-to-back batches and "best cookie ever" is what I love to hear! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave wonderful feedback!
  30. Hi Brandi, Can you please tell me which of your cookie recipes do not need to be refrigerated? I am making them for xmas gift baskets. Thanks
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Christine! Pretty much any of them are fine at room temperature. The only ones I can think of that I refrigerate is the Iced Oatmeal Cookies and that is only to originally set the icing but if left out for awhile at room temp, the icing hardens anyways. Just make sure to use the lite coconut milk I recommend. I typically don't keep cookies in the fridge, but moreso muffins. Hope that helps!

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