These grain-free chocolate cookies are pretty awesome on their own…but taking them over the top by forming sandwiches with a little Nutella? Ohhh boy.
FYI, I’m about to get a liiiiiittle inappropriate. This post as an R rating. Have you ever played the game “kill, screw, or marry”? Like, “Oh, I’d kill Channing Tatum, screw Leonardo DiCaprio, and marry Ben Brad Pitt” (in case you were wondering). I have to say…these didn’t start out as Nutella-stuffed delights. No, they started out as dainty little paleo cookies that just happened to have double the rich chocolate. They would be cookies I’d marry for sure. Buuuuut I didn’t stop there. It was a sunny Friday afternoon, and I was feeling creative. So I eyed the jar of organic chocolate hazelnut spread in my fridge, leftover from the Valentine’s Day poptarts, and had an “ah-HA moment. TRIPLE the chocolate? YES YES YES. And these sandwich cookies were born. These are cookies you’d do dirty things for, although you may not be able to handle them more than once. Screw-worthy cookies, but maybe not marriage material. Too over-the-top.
Alright, I’ll get my head out of the (food) gutter and make this more of a respectable reading situation. On a completely different note, sometimes I enjoy paleo or raw treats over the “real” thing. Not even because I know it’s better for me, but I love the nuttiness that almond meal brings to paleo baked goods, and I go crazy for the use of dates in raw treats. On their own, these cookies are sweetened with only maple syrup and chocolate chips, and they really are delightful. Adding the Nutella and sandwiching two together? Well, they are no longer paleo (or particularly waist-friendly) but they certainly become one special treat. And they look so RICH and IMPRESSIVE. That’s my favorite kind of recipe – one that is easy to make, healthified (to the lamenting sighs of my boyfriend, the taste tester), and something that is really crowd-pleasing. And one that you can make dirty jokes to in your blog about. Anyone remember my “balls for all” reference? #newlow
But seriously, if you can spread jam on toast, you can make these cookies. Which I know is all of you. I even thought about turning these into mini ice cream sandwiches instead of the Nutella, which would be awesome for eating but much more difficult when photographing in the morning. Sigh, the woes of a food blogger. Anyways, I hope this recipe kicks off your weekend right with a little sweetness, and little chocolate, and definitely something kind of naughty ;).
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil, softened
- 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Nutella or another chocolate hazelnut spread
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients but the mini chocolate chips together
- Slowly fold in the mini chocolate chips
- On a greased baking sheet, form one-inch sized balls of the dough and press into a cookie shape. Aim for same-sized cookies
- Bake for 10-12 minutes
- Let cool completely
- Using a knife, spread Nutella on the flat side of one cookie, and then press another cookie to form a sandwich
- Repeat until you have 9 cookie sandwiches