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Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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almond butter cookies 9yToday is a special day.  Well, I’d like to think so at least.  Today is my 26th birthday!  Each year that my birthday rolls around, I become more and more surprised and amazed that I am as old as I am.  I do not feel 26.  Granted, I do not really think that I look 26 either.  I am still getting the “are you a college student?” question.  If they only knew that I actually work with college students.  But none the less, I have reached the point where I am sometimes carded and sometimes not (I still think its crazy when I am not), and where all of my friends are getting married and having babies.  It looks like I am, in fact, an adult.

almond butter cookiesSo far I have decided that getting older really isn’t so bad.  I am sure my views on this may change later in life, but so far it is treating me well.  I think (or at least hope) that my 26th year of life will treat me very well.  My favorite and lucky number for as long as I can remember has always been the number 26.  That has to be a good sign, right?  I feel like this is just bound to be a good year.

almond butter cookies 8yIf you hadn’t noticed, it is pretty rare that I post dessert recipes.  I have the breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes down, but in all honesty, I am just not much of a baker.  Sharing a dinner recipe for my birthday didn’t really seem very fitting though, you know?  So I sucked it up and got my booty into the kitchen to do some baking.  I adapted my Salted Nut Roll Cookie recipe and created another delicious batch of nut butter cookies.  What better way to celebrate a birthday than with baked goods?  Next time I just need to find someone to do the baking part for me… I also want to mention that you can share get well cookie baskets to anyone or to your loved one’s door or to the hospital.

almond butter cookies 7yAlmond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Makes approximately 16-18 cookies


1/2 cup whole wheat pasty flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of fine sea salt
1 cup creamy roasted almond butter (mine only contained roasted almonds)
1/4 cup + 1 TB unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3-4 TB vegan chocolate chunks, chopped (I used Enjoy Life brand)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Combine all dry ingredients (except chocolate chunks) in a large bowl and mix well.

3. Stir in wet ingredients until combined.

4. Add chocolate chunks and incorporate into the dough.

5. Refrigerate the dough for at least one hour.

6. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls.

7. Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until just golden brown.

almond butter cookies 5I like to under-bake my cookies a bit so that they are extra soft and chewy.  And since these do not contain eggs, you can totally get away with that.

almond butter cookies 6I ended up with a couple of plates full of cookies.  Oh yes, there were more than just these three.

almond butter cookies 2But I made a special larger and thicker cookie for myself.  That is what happens when you have enough cookie dough left over for one and a half to two cookies.  It just makes sense to combine it and make one extra large cookie, right?  Go big or go home.

almond butter cookies 4Is there anything better than cutting into a warm cookie fresh out of the oven?

almond butter cookies 3Oh, that’s right.  Actually eating it is the best part!

P.S. These cookies are definitely co-worker approved.  This batch was gone in 24 hours.  I think they may have liked them? 😉

What treat did you make/eat on your last birthday?

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  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles March 24, 2014, 5:33 am
    Happy birthday!!!!!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:24 pm
      Thanks so much, Meredith!
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine March 24, 2014, 6:21 am
    We have very similar recipes today! Great minds think alike ;) I hope you have a very happy birthday! Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...Dark Chocolate-Almond CookiesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:27 pm
      We sure do!! And we typed very similar comments to one another about it, I see. We are awesome! ;)
  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat March 24, 2014, 8:18 am
    Oh my! These cookies are totally up my alley! They look amazing! Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have an awesome day!! Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted...One-Year BlogiversaryMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:28 pm
      Thank you SO much, Holly!! :)
  • Lizz March 24, 2014, 8:29 am
    Happy birthday! Last year my partner custom ordered a Farm Sanctuary birthday cake for me from our favorite local vegan bakery. It was adorable. :) Lizz recently posted...March 2014 Vegan Recipe Round-up: Thinking Spring!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:29 pm
      That sounds AWESOME! My co-worker made me vegan carrot cake cupcakes last year. They were to die for!
  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. March 24, 2014, 8:40 am
    Happy birthday, girlie! Definitely hope it's going to be a great year for you. And no... I don't think there's anything better than biting into a warm, oozy, gooey chocolate chip cookie. These look fantastic!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:29 pm
      Thanks so much, Amanda! And how great that these are made with AB and not PB, right? ;)
  • Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants March 24, 2014, 9:19 am
    Happy Birthday!! And these are the perfect birthday treat. Like, I want them now. At 9:15 in the morning :) I turned 27 this weekend and also still get carded almost all the time. And when flying home a couple weeks ago, I was asked if I am still a student. Hopefully that means we will look 30 when we are 40!! Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants recently posted...{Vegan} Chocolate Chip Magic BarsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:47 pm
      Yes, now and then I find it offensive when people think I look so young...but I keep telling myself that I will appreciate that someday! ;)
  • Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog March 24, 2014, 10:05 am
    Happy Birthday! These cookies look delicious - what a wonderful b-day treat :-) Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog recently posted...If I Lived the Way I Run…My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:30 pm
      Thank you so much, Jamie!! :)
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes March 24, 2014, 10:24 am
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you have a great day. And these cookies look amazing. :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:30 pm
      Thank you Katie!!! :)
  • Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon March 24, 2014, 10:48 am
    Happy birthday Hannah!!! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with healthy treats like these cookies. I need to get on some almond butter cookies after seeing them on your blog and Becky's. Maybe today you can trash them up with mashed banana frosting, perhaps? xo Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon recently posted...What I Ate {#12}My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:31 pm
      That sounds heavenly!!! The nut butter/banana/chocolate combo is fantastic, for sure!
  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies March 24, 2014, 11:32 am
    Happy birthday! Glad you're posting such a tasty looking cookie recipe -- sometimes I worry with your ultra-healthy WIAW posts that you never indulge in a cookie or two ;-) PS I'm jealous that you age so gracefully! Every birthday arrives with me kicking and screaming. Prove to me that 26 is all right before I get there this year!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:33 pm
      Haha, oh no...indulgences are a must! Just wait until you see my "Treat Yourself Tuesday" post tomorrow ;) The way I look at it, I am going to get old no matter what so I might as well accept it. Maybe when I turn 30 I won't be so accepting.
  • Ang @ Nutty for Life March 24, 2014, 11:58 am
    Under-baking cookies = yes. Totally. Amazing. These look so good! Anything almond butter I am just obsessed with lately, though. Ang @ Nutty for Life recently posted...A Random but Marvelous Monday [MIMM #27]My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:33 pm
      You and me both!! I cannot get enough of it!
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness March 24, 2014, 1:09 pm
    Happy, happy birthday! These cookies look like the perfect birthday treat, especially slightly undercooked and gooey!! Nicole @ FruitnFitness recently posted...BoxOff Giveaway!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:34 pm
      They were seriously fantastic. And of course they are the best when they are a bit undercooked and warm!
  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate March 24, 2014, 1:13 pm
    Happy Birthday!! Those look sooo yummy. Enjoy your special day!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:35 pm
      Thank you so much Katie! :)
  • Danica @ It's Progression March 24, 2014, 2:32 pm
    Happy Birthday!!! And this recipe looks delicious - I hope you're enjoying a special dessert to celebrate your day! Danica @ It's Progression recently posted...scenes from the weekend 3.24.14My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 4:10 pm
      Thanks so much Danica! And yes, I had cake over the weekend to celebrate :)
  • Ashley March 24, 2014, 2:45 pm
    Happy happy birthday!!! These almond butter cookies sound like the perfect way to celebrate! Just wait until you get to 29 and you get super excited when someone cards you : ) haha Ahh the fun of being almost 30! Ashley recently posted...Chard and Lentil Vegetable SoupMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 4:11 pm
      Haha, so true!! I will have that to look forward to! ;)
  • Lucie March 24, 2014, 3:30 pm
    Happy Birthday Hannah!! Wishing you a fabulous day! And trust me - getting older isn't all that bad, actually it's pretty good (from a 10 years older reader!! :-)) The cookies look,so soft an
    • Lucie March 24, 2014, 3:32 pm
      And warm I wanted to say! :-)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 4:12 pm
      Thank you, Lucie!! And yes, when I see those around me getting older I normally think, "that doesn't seem so bad!" ;)
  • Mollie @Sprinkles of Life March 24, 2014, 3:31 pm
    Happy birthday, Hannah!! These look amazing! Mollie @Sprinkles of Life recently posted...Kaydin's 7th BirthdayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 4:13 pm
      Thank you Mollie!! :)
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien March 24, 2014, 5:32 pm
    Happy happy happy birthday, pretty lady!!! These cookies look just perfect :) Have the best day!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 7:13 pm
      Thank you SO much, Alexis! :)
  • Meredith March 24, 2014, 5:51 pm
    Happy birthday Hannah! Can't wait to try these cookies. Eggless cookies are the best because I also prefer my cookies on the doughy side! Enjoy your day :) Meredith recently posted...Friday ConfessionsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 7:14 pm
      Thank you Meredith! And aren't they?? This recipe is totally safe for eating the dough raw, too!
  • Dana @ Dana's B.S. March 24, 2014, 8:49 pm
    Happy Birthday! I love your attitude. There really isn't much wrong with aging. I also look very young (sometimes I get asked if I'm in high school - especially funny because my husband teaches at a high school...not how we met, haha). My guess is that the lack of carding comes from laziness rather than they think you are of age. Dana @ Dana's B.S. recently posted...A New RoutineMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 25, 2014, 1:39 pm
      Haha, that most definitely could play a role in it. That may come back to get them someday if they sell to someone underage. That is the former grocery cashier in me talking ;)
  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes March 24, 2014, 9:33 pm
    I guess great minds think alike - our recipes were very similar today! LOL Love it! Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes recently posted...Gluten Free Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies + a GIVEAWAY!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 25, 2014, 1:39 pm
      So weird, huh? Becky at Olives 'n Wine had a similar recipe too!
  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes March 24, 2014, 9:33 pm
    p.s. happy birthday!!! Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes recently posted...Gluten Free Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies + a GIVEAWAY!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 25, 2014, 1:45 pm
      Thank you!!
  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe March 25, 2014, 12:24 am
    Can't beat a good cookie! And I totally feel more virtuous when eating vegan cookies for some reason. I'll take a dozen please and thank you! Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe recently posted...Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana & Cookie Chunk Ice CreamMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 25, 2014, 1:54 pm
      Haha, I hear you! We can pretend they are healthier, right? ;)
  • Jessie March 25, 2014, 4:33 am
    I know I'm a day late, but Happy Birthday Hannah! I hope you had a marvelous day! You deserve all the happiness in the world my dear friend xoxo
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 25, 2014, 1:55 pm
      Thank you so much, Jessie!! That was really sweet :)
  • Megan @ The Skinny-Life March 25, 2014, 6:18 pm
    Happy Birthday! I really love chocolate chip cookies. Yummy!!! Megan @ The Skinny-Life recently posted...Comment on Spring into Your Fitness & Health by GiGi EatsMy Profile
  • Em @ Love A Latte March 26, 2014, 12:30 pm
    Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a great day! These cookies are going on my must-make list for sure :)

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