Just five ingredients and 12 minutes are needed to make these Flourless Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies! A flavour and texture lovers dream, these are gluten and dairy free and come with a paleo and vegan option!
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I totally should have named this week chocolate week.
Thursday- No Bake Black Bean Fudge Brownies
Today? Flourless Cookies. Flourless Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies.
When my friends at Blue Diamond sent me their brand new Sriracha almonds this month to create a recipe with it, I’m not going to lie- I was tempted to just pose with it and call the recipe ‘Almonds on Arman’ or ‘Spicy Arman’. I was even shameless to pose on toast and pop an almond in my mouth and call it ‘Arman on toast.’
I then told narcissistic Arman to shut up and focus on the star attraction- The Sriracha almonds.
My original idea using the almonds besides the aforementioned
genius ideas was to create a spicy pesto with it. Into the blender went half a canister of the almonds, basil and olive oil. I have no idea where my mind was but I went a little too crazy with the olive oil and suddenly instead of pesto, had made a pimped up olive oil.
No dice. I mean, I love olive oil mixed with my salads and I love dipping bread in it but this just made the olive oil look like the star attraction. No, olive oil. You go back in your jar.
It also meant I went back to the drawing board. Clearly my mind was still elsewhere as I polished off the rest of the canister before realising I still had a recipe to create with it.
Great. The way I was going, ‘Spicy Arman on toast’ was going to happen. I then remembered back to when the folk at Blue Diamond sent me their dark chocolate almonds and how I made an epic nut butter with it to use in these Tiramisu Cookies.
Bingo. Blend the Sriracha almonds to a butter and create a recipe from there.
However, the thought of chocolate would not leave my head (clearly- Have you been on this blog this week?!). I tasted the nut butter and wondered how it would work paired with chocolate. I mixed a little bit with my homemade paleo “nutella” (used in this recipe) and was blown away by how much it tasted like this delicious Mexican Hot chocolate pudding I tried at San Churros cafe in Melbourne.
Bingo. Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies would be made.
These Flourless Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies are a flavour AND texture lovers dream- Sweet, spicy, chewy and the best bit- After you blend the almonds, it requires just FOUR ingredients. That’s right, FOUR. Actually that wasn’t the best bit- The best bit is that they take 10 minutes in the oven. TEN minutes. I know some of you like a slightly crispier cookie so here is this- For a more crispy cookie, bake for an extra 2 minutes. The time difference (as lame as it might seem) is key between extra chewy to slightly crispy. Or you could be a goose like me and turn them to kale chip status by accident.
For my vegan, gluten free and paleo friends out there- I have you covered. I use Blue Diamonds whole natural almonds to make my standard almond butters and usually have that on hand. These cookies totally work with using them over the Sriracha ones- Just add the teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the batter and swap out the egg for a flax egg (a reader had success with a chia egg but I can’t vouch for that personally).
Make these flourless Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies and be grateful that you didn’t get ‘Spicy Arman on toast’.
Or maybe you did want that…..
- 2 cups homemade almond butter (I used Blue Diamond Sriracha almonds pulsed completely)*
- 2 cups coconut palm sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
- 2 large eggs, whisked**
- Cayenne pepper (optional)***
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a large baking tray or cookie sheet with baking powder and set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk the eggs until frothy. In a large mixing bowl, combine the homemade sriracha almond butter, coconut sugar, sifted cocoa powder and eggs. Mix very well until fully incorporated.
- Place golf ball sized cookie dough on the lined baking tray. Press down on each cookie gently with a fork. Sprinkle lightly with cayenne pepper if you want it extra spicy. Bake in the oven for 7-10 minutes, or until just firm. Remove from the oven (cookies should still be soft) and allow to cool completely on the tray. Cookies will firm up.
- * For a paleo or vegan option, use Blue Diamond Whole Natural almonds ground to a butter
- ** For a vegan version, use 2 flax eggs
- *** If you don't use sriracha almonds, add the cayenne pepper to the batter.
- Cookies are best left uncovered for 2-3 hours then kept in an airtight container.
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