Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Where I go a little nuts over nut butter...

espresso almond butter chocolate chip cookies
I have this irrational fear that once I discover something good...a new restaurant, shop, food...it will go away.  We'll be sitting in a new-to-us restaurant, loving the food and the atmosphere, and I'll start analyzing..."does it seem a little slow in here for a Saturday night?," "shouldn't we have had a longer wait?," "do people even know about this place?"  Immediately, I'm worried that my new favorite restaurant will close.

vanilla espresso almond butter
When I found this line of nut butters at my grocery store, I fell in love.  This Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter became a staple in my diet.  Spoonful for breakfast?  Sounds good.  Two spoonfuls for a snack?  Yes, please.

You know you have a problem when every spoon in your house is in the dishwasher and there has been not one bowl of cereal or soup consumed all day.

So last week, what do I see in the clearance section of my grocery store?!?  These nut butters!!!  Initially, my heart leapt.  Nut butters aren't cheap.  Then, the reality dawned on me...my grocery store wasn't going to carry them anymore.

I did what any sensible person would do.  I bought them. ALL.  To drown my sorrows, I decided to make cookies with them.

espresso almond butter chocolate chip cookies

These espresso almond butter chocolate chip cookies are a bit sandy in texture, have a nice coffee and almond flavor, and a big hit of chocolate from bittersweet chocolate chips.

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Espresso Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup (one half-stick) salted butter, cut into chunks
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1 cup vanilla espresso almond butter
1 bag bittersweet chocolate chips

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

With an electric mixer, beat together the shortening, butter, and brown sugar.  Beat in the eggs.

In a small bowl, stir together the extracts and espresso powder.  Add to the mixing bowl and beat until incorporated.  Mix in the almond butter until well combined.

Stir in the flour mixture and chocolate chips.

Use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop to dollop the dough onto the prepared cookies sheets. Press with the bottom of a juice glass (dipped in flour) to flatten, or leave rounded. Bake for 10-11 minutes, until done.
espresso almond butter chocolate chip cookies

Cool on the sheets for 1-2 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

espresso almond butter chocolate chip cookies
Looking for some vanilla espresso almond butter to try at home?  If your grocery store doesn't carry it, I found it on Amazon, and also directly from the company's website.


16 comments:

  1. These look so yummy!

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  3. I want one of those cookies!

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  4. I can literally taste these in my mouth! I can't even handle it. Oh my goodness. LOVE this recipe.

    Sammi Sunshine
    A Food Blog

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  5. Espresso Almond Butter! Sounds amazing! I would be so sad if my grocery stopped carrying it too!

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  6. I love almond butter, but it's so expensive! Luckily, you can get it online! Vanilla espresso almond butter sounds like it needs to get in mah belly! So do these cookies, while we're at it!

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  7. Tempting me so early in the morning...

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  8. I always tell Trader Joe's that they can tell what items will be discontinued by looking at my shopping list. I have the same fear that when I like something it will go away. Why do I have this fear, you ask? Because it happens to me all the time! I like to call these my "first world problems" ;) I love almond butter because I peanuts do not agree with me. Great alternative.

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  9. You put ESPRESSO in them?
    You're my long-lost twin!!
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  10. I could go crazy over these cookies, so delicious!

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  11. Ooooooo...these would be DANGEROUS in my house. YUM!!!

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  12. Not an irrational fear...I have it all of the time - if I like a TV show it's guaranteed to be cancelled (especially if it's on a Fox channel or affiliate) If I like a specific brand of jeans - the stores will stop carrying them - if I like a certain food - either the restaurant will close or they will take it off the menu.....thanks for this recipe - it looks good - I'll see if I can find this line of nut butter...sigh

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  13. Bridget,
    I would have bought them all and gone back the next day to see if they put out some more the next day. :-) You can't have too much of an item that's going to be discontinued. BTW - your cookies look yummy.
    Annamaria

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  15. Wow, that's some fancy nut butter. :) Like the addition of espresso powder, that really is the secret ingredient in a lot of recipes.

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  16. This is the cookie version of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor I ate gallons of as a child: Jamoca-almond fudge! MMMMMMM........

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