These melt in your mouth almond chocolate chip shortbread cookies are meant to be shared! Tender gluten-free cookies dipped in luscious dark chocolate.
It’s the most delicious time of the year, packed with creative and festive treats! I’m a big fan of cookies. Each year I like to challenge my baking skills and step into my test kitchen for some cookie recipe development. Sounds tasty right?
This holiday season I mixed up a NEW irresistible cookie inspired by local California ingredients. Each nibble is sure to make your taste buds do a little happy dance. Let’s just say there’s some dipping involved, and it might even get a little messy. If you are ready for some fun, let’s go!
Ever since I was a little girl, I couldn’t resist buttery shortbread cookies. The simplicity of the ingredients combined in a mini dessert will always be classic. This chocolate chip cookie with almonds recipe is extra special because all the ingredients are from the Golden State.
California Inspired Ingredients
- Chocolate: Dark, milk, semi-sweet and white, whatever is your fancy you can find rich chocolates in California. Even though it may not originate from the state, there are some incredible chocolate makers you can visit to experience some indulgence. Being from the San Francisco Bay Area, it’s a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. I fondly remember visiting Ghirardelli Square to taste their delicious chocolate confections and always grabbing a big hot fudge sundae to end my visit. If you are in Southern California, you’ll have to stop by See’s Candies to grab a white and gold box filled with truffles, enrobed chocolates, and brittles.
- Almonds: Did you know that California’s top agricultural exported item and largest tree nut crop are almonds? In the past 30 years, the yield has increased four-fold. If you are ever doing a road trip tour of California, make sure to check out the half million acres of almond trees in the lush Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys. They are so versatile to enjoy whole as a snack or incorporated into recipes for extra crunch, or even as an almond meal flour for baking.
These cookies melt in your mouth and crumble into tiny pieces of bliss. The base is a combination of softened butter, sugar, flour, almond extract, salt and a touch of cinnamon.
I wanted to make sure that almost everyone could enjoy these cookies, so I made them with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking 1 to 1 Flour! The trick was to make sure that the flavor tastes similar to all-purpose wheat flour. Trust me. You would never know the difference unless someone told you.
Baking with Gluten-Free Flour
Gluten free flour options have come a long way regarding matching the taste and texture of wheat flour. Whether you have dietary reasons for choosing gluten free flours or just looking for an alternative, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour is a great option for your baking needs!
- The flour formula yields a terrific taste and texture that doesn’t require custom recipes or more specialty ingredients added.
- This flour combines finely ground brown rice flour, sweet white rice flour, whole grain sorghum flour, potato starch, and tapioca flour with a touch of xanthan gum.
- The protein in the sorghum flour helps give baked goods an almost wheat-like texture and aids in browning, for those times you need a perfectly golden brown chocolate chip cookies like this shortbread recipe!
These cookies are so yummy freshly baked from the oven and enjoyed “naked.” You could also take it to the next level and dip it into some super dark velvety chocolate. If you do go the decadent route, make sure to added a little more chopped nuts and a sprinkle of sea salt if you have it on hand. Drool!
If you are looking for something tasty to bring to your next holiday party or give away as edible gifts, definitely wrap these almond chocolate chip shortbread cookies up in a beautiful package and share. Putting a smile on your loved one’s face is a sure thing!
Every state has something that truly makes it unique, so I’ve teamed up with other 50 talented food bloggers from around the USA to celebrate diversity in cookie form!
Make sure to visit the United States of Cookies website for the most drool-worthy recipes that will get you excited to fire up your oven and throw on an apron! When you’re ready to start your mixers, make sure use this Bob’s Red Mill coupon to get your ready.
Which state are you from and what ingredients are unique to your area? Did you find the cookie from your roots made by the other fabulous food bloggers? I’d love to hear what cookie was chosen from your state in the comments section!
What are some gluten free flour alternatives?
If you are looking for gluten free flour alternatives, there are many options available on the market. You can either buy a pre-blended flour mixture that has been formulated and tested to be a close replacement or create your own! Some substitutes for wheat include arrowroot, corn, potato, buckwheat, tapioca, beans, amaranth, flax meal, millet, quinoa, sorghum, coconut and ground nuts (almond or hazelnut). Many gluten-free products are a combination of a few flours with a stabilizer (starches or gums) to achieve similar textures to wheat flour in baked products.
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