Soft and Crumbly Chocolate Chip Almond Cookies - delicious chocolate chip cookies with ground toasted almonds. Crumbly, non-chewy, sand-like, somewhat shortbread-like (but not completely) texture.
There are many cookie recipes with chocolate chips out there, and here I am, adding yet another one to the pile. There is nothing original in this simple chocolate chip almond cookie recipe here, and my key ingredients are simplicity and being able to make them fast. This is the recipe I turn to a lot lately, every time I crave for chocolate chip cookies and don't want to spend more than 10 minutes on preparation.
There are two things that make this recipe a little bit different from others: the resulting cookies are soft yet crumbly instead of chewy (I use colder butter that is not completely melted); and I use ground toasted almonds for additional flavor and texture.
After all Christmas cookie baking, I had a hard time switching to more chewy cookies, so I've applied a sort of shortbread approach to this recipe, using colder butter (yet without refrigerating or freezing the dough), plus I added ground almonds to the cookie dough. This allowed me to create a crumbly, non-chewy, sand-like, somewhat shortbread-like (but not completely) texture in these chocolate chip almond cookies that I really enjoy and so, it seems, does everybody else who tries this cookie.
I don't melt the butter to liquid or to the consistency that's very soft, like you would do for a regular chewy cookie. I let the butter melt at room temperature for about an hour or so, just until it is soft enough to be used with the mixer, but still a bit hard that you really have to work your mixer to blend it with sugar to achieve creamy consistency.
While I really like toasted almonds, ground and added to the cookie dough, they are quite optional. Another lovely variation of this cookie is omitting toasted almonds and instead adding coarsely chopped walnuts to the cookie dough at the same time you would add chocolate chips.
Grinding almonds in food processor:
Ground almonds are mixed into the cookie dough:
Cookie dough with ground almonds:
Mixing chocolate chips into cookie dough:
Chocolate chips are mixed into the cookie dough:
Soft and Crumbly Chocolate Chip Almond Cookies
- ½ cup almonds
- ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Spread almonds on a cookie sheet and toast for about 10-15 minutes to desired toastedness. Let them cool completely.
- In a food processor, grind toasted almonds until very finely ground, almost powder-like or very fine coarse-meal. Do not over-process, or you will end up with almond butter. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, using mixer, blend butter with brown sugar until creamy. (Note: The butter should not be melted: I usually take a stick of butter out of refrigerator and keep it at room temperature for about an hour). Because your butter is somewhat soft but not too soft, you might have some chunks of butter flying away while using the mixer, but eventually everything will be creamy.
- Add vanilla and an egg and continue beating until creamy again. Add finely ground almonds and mix to incorporate. Add baking powder, flour, and ⅛ teaspoon salt and beat on low speed for a minute, then on average speed for a couple of minutes until all dry ingredients are incorporated.
- Using spatula, fold chocolate chips into cookie batter.
- Place spoonfuls of cookie dough onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes at 350 F. Mid-time through baking, I like to pull the cookie sheet out and flatten the cookies with the butter knife: because the dough is made with colder butter, they don’t spread out as much, and flattening them out just a bit helps their appearance. Don’t flatten them out too much, though. Remove from oven and let cookies cool. The best texture that I like is achieved when cookies are bright brown on the bottom and not browned on top (baking 15 minutes exactly at 350 F). If cookies are undercooked and the color on the bottom is too light brown, they will be too soft.
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Hi if I wanted to use ready ground almonds, what amount of powder almond should I use?
These are are so delicious!!!! Light, crumbly, buttery and not too sweet.
Thank you for this awesome recipe...this will be a fav at our house for sure.
Simply yumm :)))
I added a heaping teaspoon of creamy peanutbutter ( cause I love peanutbutter lol ) , but I am sure it is heavenly without.
Inga, I am so happy you tried these cookies and enjoyed them! I bet the addition of such a small amount of peanut butter added a nice subtle peanut butter flavor - sounds delish!
A beautiful and simple recipe! I've been looking for non-chewy cookie to suit my taste for quite a while and now I've found it! Been making these cookies all the time when in needof a cookie fix! Thanks so much!
So glad that you liked this recipe! Almonds and chocolate go so well together, don't they?
Thank you for sharing this recipe, yummy. And makes a small enough amount.
Charise, you're welcome! I like small amounts of cookies because it's usually just for me and my husband and we like variety of cookies, so I usually don't make a whole bunch of the same type of cookie at a time. 🙂
Howdy and Hello from Germany,
How many cups are 1 Stick of Butter ?
Here in Germany we have only Butter Packets with 250g (8Oz ?!) ,so i have to convert it to Cups ....
Jan, I just went to the refrigerator, got a stick of butter and it says on it:
1 stick of butter = 113 grams.
1 stick of butter also equals 1/2 cup (US cup). I am not sure if German cups are the same cups as in the US but now I am curious to find out! 🙂
Hey Julia, Thank you for the fast response. I'm have a set of US Cups 😉
because hier in germany we don't use normally cups for cooking or backing, we use a scale for it,but I bake and cook only to U.S. recipes, so I had to buy a set cups...
Yes, that's what I thought - that in Europe people usually use a scale. But look how well equipped you are! 🙂 You have a set of US cups! 🙂
I used chopped apples instead of chocolate chips
Perfect cookies. Looks so tempting