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If you follow along, you know that we’ve been on a remodeling adventure for the past month and a half. For about 4 weeks we were without a true kitchen as cabinets were refinished, and new counters, appliances, sinks, faucets and lighting were all added. I’m back in the kitchen now and loving again the sweet rhythms of cooking!

The work in our house continues though as two bathroom have been gutted and are undergoing a complete head-to-toe makeover. To give you a feel for the activity level around here, take this past Friday as an example –  moving through the house, performing as if choreographed, with their own specialized tools, were 2 carpenters, 2 drywallers, 2 electricians and 3 tile-setters (all at once). Add to that a couple of dogs (and me) and you see there’s no lack of good company.  How do we say thanks? Sometimes simply with cookies.

These are a take on the classic peanut butter cookie – BUT – with almond-butter & roasted almonds instead – and with whole grains like whole wheat, quinoa and millet flours. (Quinoa & millet flours both contribute to a softer texture and add much more protein than traditional wheat flour. If you don’t have access to the specialty flours or simply want to use all wheat, use 1½ cups whole wheat flour. These will not be quite as tender however…but don’t let that stop you!) There’s no added fat here, only that found in the almond butter. And (it was said) these are were absolutely delicious!

A few sweet & (sort of) healthful bites for the many helping hands…

Almond-Butter Cookies with dry-roasted Almonds

1 cup smooth almond butter (I use & love the roasted variety)

½ cup dark brown sugar, packed

½ cup granulated sugar (or substitute with coconut sugar)

¼ cup water

1 large egg

2 Tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon sea salt

¾ cup whole wheat flour

½ cup quinoa flour

¼ cup millet flour

2½ ounces (about ½ cup) slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line 1 or 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Spread slivered almonds over a cookie sheet and roast until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool a few minutes, then chop into medium fine pieces. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, measure out the whole wheat flour, millet flour, quinoa flour, salt and baking soda. Stir well to incorporate.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, if you have one: Cream together the almond butter, the 2 sugars, water, egg, honey, and vanilla and almond extracts until smooth. Add the dry ingredients, including chopped almonds. Mix until well-combined (but don’t over-beat.)

Drop dough onto the prepared baking sheets by the tablespoonful. Use the back of a fork dipped in flour to make indentations in a crosshatch pattern, flattening cookies to about 1/3-inch.  (Allow for at least 1-inch of space between flattened cookies because they will expand some upon baking.)

To ensure even browning, reverse the cookie sheets half way through the baking. Bake until very lightly browned, about 11 minutes.

Remove from the oven, allow to remain on the pan for a minute then transfer to a rack to cool (or directly to your mouth, as you’ll be tempted.)

(And thanks to all of you too, for continuing to show up even when I didn’t have much to offer.) 🙂

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50 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love any kind of nut cookie and I happen to have a brand new jar of almond butter. The aroma from these will soon be filling my house.

    June 18, 2012
    • I’m with you on nut cookies Joe! Hope you’ll let me know if you try and like.

      June 19, 2012
  2. I love peanut butter cookies and now here’s a fun new spin on a favorite! I’m so happy for you the kitchen is done.. I can hear the sigh of contentment all the way up here in Canada!!xoxo Smidge

    June 18, 2012
    • There’ve been a steady stream of deep contented sighs, Smidge. Feels as though I’m breathing fresh salty sea air! Ahhhhh…..xoxo

      June 19, 2012
  3. Lesley #

    Love the last image, there is really nothing that tastes as good as cold milk and a cookie 🙂

    June 18, 2012
    • Like being a kid again! 🙂

      June 19, 2012
  4. Mmmm – Cookies!!! Have a Great Day:)

    June 18, 2012
  5. I’ll always show up for you, Spree :D. These look great. Really glad you’re enjoying the new kitchen! Aren’t they very exciting?

    June 18, 2012
    • Aw Nick, thanks! 😀 feels a bit like moving into a new house, only better by twice!

      June 19, 2012
      • Haha, it did get me excited for the kitchen where I move in September – I’ve not looked at any flats yet, but I’m excited to cook in it already.

        June 19, 2012
  6. These sound great! I’ve never used quinoa flour and am very intrigued.

    June 18, 2012
    • In working out gluten-free recipes, quinoa flour is wonderful…but because it contains no gluten, it can’t be used on its own to replace wheat flour in risen breads or in pie crusts. But in most recipes using wheat flour (muffins, pancakes, cookies cakes etc) you can substitute up to 50%. 🙂

      June 19, 2012
  7. Ooh, so different, but familiar in a way. These sound delicious. Like Savory Simple, I’ve never had quinoa flour. I love the way you take fresh spins on oldies but goodies. And your photos are always so “ahhh.” xoxo

    June 18, 2012
    • Ahhh, thanks Ashley! xoxo

      June 19, 2012
  8. Mari Anna #


    June 18, 2012
  9. I’m not much of a baker but these here sound terrific. I haven’t even cooked quinoa yet, so, you can imagine my surprise to learn that it’s used to make flour. I had better get with the program. These cookies look too good to pass up.
    Glad to read that you’re back in the kitchen again. I hope it’s exactly the way you envisioned and that very soon you’ll be saying the same for the rest of your home. Welcome back!

    June 18, 2012
    • Have you noticed John, they’re making flour out of just about everything lately! ? 🙂 quinoa is an especially good one. Ancient, nutritious and easily digestible (especially nice for those poor souls who have trouble digesting wheat! Can you imagine your kitchen without wheat? Or cheese!)
      The kitchen’s just as I envisioned….I just didn’t quite imagine how good it would f e e l ! Thanks very much for your good wishes, John!

      June 19, 2012
  10. Lovely to see you back in the kitchen! I haven’t heard of almond butter before I’m wondering if I could make some up myself?

    June 19, 2012
    • Ahh thanks Claire! Do you like peanut butter? Then I highly recommend roasted almond butter! If you have a high-powered blender (such as a Vitamix) you CAN make your own. I’d be happy to share instructions if you’re interested. 🙂

      June 19, 2012
      • I hadn’t realised almond butter would be like peanut butter! Doh!! but now I do I’m all ears as hey say, so yes please!

        June 19, 2012
  11. How do you like your new updated kitchen? I know it is really inconvenient during renovation so I am glad you made yourself a very unique peanut butter cookie with quinoa flour to get you through the rough spots.

    June 19, 2012
    • Am really pretty crazy about this new kitchen. 🙂 I think what “got me through the rough spots” more than anything was realizing how lucky I was and saying thanks! 🙂

      June 19, 2012
  12. I know that you must be very happy to have your kitchen back, especially now that it is new and shiny. As long as you are used to the construction dust and workmen, it is nice to keep going with the remodeling. I’m sure the workers were happy with the delicious “thank you”.

    June 19, 2012
    • That’s what we figured Karen. We’re used to dust, let’s just stay in it. (also turns out to be less expensive to do it simultaneously.) Have you gone through a big renovation yourself? If so, do you ever once regret a day of it? I don’t imagine we ever will!

      June 19, 2012
      • Spree, I have had 11 homes over the years. My mother in law called us gypsies. I have only had 2 new homes. All the other homes were renovated and I don’t regret a minute of it.

        June 19, 2012
        • Oh you’re such a veteran! Might’ve been smart to consult you before we started! 🙂

          June 19, 2012
  13. These look wonderful! Good to see you back.

    June 19, 2012
    • Awfully good to “be back”! Thanks Greg!

      June 19, 2012
  14. Yum! I love almonds. These cookies are absolutely stunning.

    June 19, 2012
  15. Wow, what a nice twist on the traditional peanut butter cookie!

    June 19, 2012
  16. I made my own almond butter a couple of weeks ago and it is all gone now..This is an amazing excuse to make some more 🙂
    I hope the remodeling of the bathrooms and the kitchen will end soon

    June 19, 2012
    • Hi Sawsan, thanks for the comment about the almond butter! Sooo…you liked it eh? 🙂 Did you add oil as you made it? Did you use a high powered blender, or a grinder? If you liked (a lot!) the almond butter, you’ll like (a lot) these cookies! 🙂 And thank you too for your wishes around our remodel! So far so good…

      June 19, 2012
      • Hello Ani, the one I made was with chocolate almond butter with piperment and it was addictive, I added 1 tablespoon of oil for 2 cups of almonds and made it in the food processor.
        I really can’t wait to try these

        June 19, 2012
        • mmm Sawsan, I completely get the addiction! And very good to know that you can make almond butter in the processor! Thanks!

          June 19, 2012
  17. I wish you were here to say thanks haha!
    The cookies look really delicious and if they have almond butter I imiagine they are amazing!
    I’ll give it a try with my mom, probably next week, and I’ll let you know how they came out 🙂

    June 19, 2012
    • I would so love to pay you a visit Pablo, with almond butter cookies in hand! Saying gracias gracias para tu hospitalidad! (You see, I have to make up Spanish words when in doubt!) 🙂

      July 24, 2012
  18. I’ll have to try these… I hope your crew could truly appreciate they weren’t “just” peanut butter cookies. Maybe you can tell them to check out your blog! Enjoy your new space…

    June 20, 2012
    • Wendy, thanks for the suggestion! I’m enjoying my space SO much, but have another 10 days or so with construction going on in bathrooms. The house is NEARLY ours! Can barely wait!

      July 24, 2012
  19. I´m quite good at DIY (just about to embark on a similar project) so if I come round with my little tool kit…will you make me some too?!

    June 21, 2012
    • If you promise to wear one of your Chic Chica sundresses with your tool belt, I will keep you in cookies all day, all night!

      July 24, 2012
  20. I keep checking my mailbox, and these have yet to appear. Weird…

    June 21, 2012
    • Is your mail carrier looking a bit pudgy around the middle,wearing a blessed-out grin?

      July 24, 2012
  21. Deb schneider #

    Double blessings going on – wonderful craftsmen getting spree’s wonderful (& healthy) cookies :). So very happy for you!

    June 23, 2012
  22. I like peanut butter cookies — I’ll bet I would love these, too.

    July 5, 2012

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