Frosted Apple Almond Butter Cookies

FrostedAlmondButterCookiestitle3An overcast, typically drizzly dray in Scotland. I walk out of the cold and into the warmth of my home. It smells like butter, warm hugs, autumn, sugar and spice. Cookies. IMG_1099IMG_1102The winter drags on, though it is interspersed with happy bursts of sunshine. Sometimes I think I live in a magical landscape, like a painting in Harry Potter: always the same hills are represented but their colours change constantly from purple to luscious green speckled with gold, and the clouds like balls of cotton seem to dance upon them from dawn till dusk. The other day I sat on my porch, while Mali gingerly tested the dewy grass, and I marvelled at it all. What a life. What a splendid, impossible life.IMG_1101IMG_1104These cookies. Warming, wonderful, delightful in their simplicity.  Like Scotland. Whatever the weather, whatever disappointments and setbacks the day may have brought along, at the end of the day, they will welcome you home and whisper to your heart: This too shall pass. Am I talking about the cookies now, or about Scotland? Who knows, who cares.

Take a bite. Welcome home.IMG_1122IMG_1109

Frosted Apple Walnut Cookies

  • Servings: makes 18-20 small cookies
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Dry ingredients:
150g (1 cup) spelt flour
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

Wet ingredients:
60ml (1/4 cup) melted coconut oil
3 tbsp maple syrup
75ml (1/3 cup) apple puree (or 1 grated apple)
2 tbsp runny almond butter (I used Meridian) + extra for frosting

18-20 almonds

Pre-heat the oven to 200º (400ºF). Line a large baking tray with baking parchment.

Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a second, smaller bowl whisk together the wet ingredients, save the extra almond butter for frosting.

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry. Get in there with your hands if you have to; it should be quite tough and pliable, not sticky.

Take about 1/2 tbsp of the dough and roll it into a little ball. Press it flat onto the baking tray. Repeat this until you have about 20 small flat disks.

Bake in the oven for 12-13 minutes. The edges should be slightly darker than the centre and look crisp, but not burnt. Cool on a wire rack. Resist temptation to eat straight away or burn your tongue and repent.

When the cookies are still a little warm drop about 1/2 tsp of runny almond butter on top of each cookie. (Do the math, that’s about 10 tsp, or about 3-4 tbsp.) Press an almond down in the middle. It’s ok to eat them now; they’ll be soft in the middle, crackly around the edges, and it will feel deliciously naughty.

What makes you feel like you’re coming home?

Love and cookies,
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18 thoughts on “Frosted Apple Almond Butter Cookies

  1. Yum, these look absolutely delicious!! Your presentation is wonderful, I’m getting hungry just looking at them! I just posted a recipe for healthy oatmeal raisin cookies, I’d love it if you checked it out! 🙂

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  2. These look so good!! I want to eat them all right now. 🙂 I guess I’ll have to make them sometime soon! (I was also unreasonably excited about the fact that I’ve had Meridian almond butter before, haha. I ate tons of it while I was backpacking in Scotland and it’s definitely some of the best almond butter I’ve tried!)

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    • It’s soooooo good, isn’t it?! I always eat half the jar as soon as I get home with the shopping, then have to restrain myself for the next few days, haha! I ate probably 5 of these cookies the same day I made them. I took the rest to work to share the calories – er, love, I mean.

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  3. (but not nearly as naughty as eating the first jar of nut butter with a spoon and having to go and buy another one that suffers the same fate and not being able to make these delicious cookies because otherwise you aren’t going to be able to fit through standard doorways any more… 😉 )

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  4. Lovely cookies and lovely post Clem. You always make me want to visit Scotland when you write about it! Strange as it sounds lentils and broccoli are foods which make me feel like I’m coming home. When I’ve been away for a while I start to crave simple, healthy food and lentils and broccoli are 2 favourites in that category 🙂

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  5. These look really pretty, just like I’m sure Scotland does 🙂 I think I’m going to try them, I kind of hate almond butter but maybe these cookies will change my mind? And I know some people who love it, so they’ll eat the whole batch if I decide I still can’t stand it.

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      • Pecan butter sounds yummy, and I always love a good peanut butter! I think my problem with almond butter is the texture, it’s thick but slimey while other nut butters tend to be sort of dry. Maybe? I don’t really know, but I like almonds in every other form, so I can’t be missing out on too much. And almond flour. I loooove almond flour 🙂

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