If you’re a regular reader, you know these as the inspiration for my Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies (aka Nutella Cookies). If you follow me on Instagram, you know these as The Ugly Cookies. I had a couple days of playing with this recipe trying to make it more interesting and instead making them uglier and uglier. I get it Recipe. I’ll keep you nice and simple.
The original inspiration for these cookies actually came from a random day at the Children’s Discovery Museum. They had their Storyland exhibit up at the time, and I was sitting with Tiny Foodie on a big, fake powder puff while Aldwin chased after the Mini Foodie. I grabbed the first book I saw to pass some time, and it happened to be a cookbook accompaniment to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
So there I was reading recipes to my infant (“and then you add one egg! how fun!”) when I came to a recipe for Peanut Butter something or others. I don’t think they called them cookies. Anyway, they were only three ingredients – peanut butter, eggs, sugar. At that point the Mini Foodie had had enough of that room, so I had to put the book down before I could memorize the ratios and what to do.
It stuck in my mind, though. I just really loved the idea of making a cookie-like treat with nut butter, eggs and a sweetener. After a bit of experimenting, this is what I came up with – Three Ingredient Almond Butter Cookies.
I use almond butter, because I always have it on hand. Really. I have it on auto-delivery. I also went with coconut sugar as opposed to regular sugar for a couple reasons. Mostly, I just love the way coconut sugar tastes. It has a deeper, almost toasty flavor, similar to brown sugar, while not being quite as sweet. The bonus reason is that it’s not refined (it’s just dried out coconut sap), and supposedly retains some of the nutrients found in coconut palm. Really, it just tastes good to me.
You can probably substitute brown sugar if you don’t have coconut, but know that your results will probably be sweeter.
Also, I literally just realized that these are Paleo friendly. Woohoo for accidental Paleo treats!
Three Ingredient Almond Butter Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yield: about 12 cookies
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1 large egg
- Preheat oven to 350ºF
- Mix all ingredients until just combined. Do not over-mix or cookies will be chewy like taffy.
- Roll dough into one inch balls and place, evenly spaced, on a foil, parchment or baking mat lines cookie sheet.
- Using the tongs of a fork or the bottom of a glass, press down on the dough balls until they’re about 1 cm thick.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from the cookie sheet. Cookies will be soft but will become firmer as they cool.
- Don’t smash the dough balls before baking. You may need to increase the bake time.
So…would you give a mouse a cookie?