Crispy Chocolate Almond Cookies

Have you ever baked on impulse? Just because you needed a dessert, you decide to make a single cupcake, some cookies, or fallback on a foolproof trusted recipe? I have!

In fact I always do! Although permission to bake is heavily dependent on time of the day, daylight hours, people at home and oven occupancy, I try to take full advantage on those available bake-slots.

Do you recognize these cookies? Of course you do! Why, aren’t they on the header of my page? It was Hambie’s birthday and I wanted to bake her some portable goodies, so I could send it her way to Toronto! Initially, I started with a cornbread loaf but felt that the loaf alone was insufficient.

Layered cake? Nope. It will be destroyed on its way there. You know how I am with my cakes. I look out for their safe transportation as if my life depended on it. The thought of a pretty layered cake flying across the country already scares the hell out of me. But cookies…. Cookies are the perfect gift for sending your love from afar!

On a whim, I impulsively whipped up some chocolate cookies with crushed nuts. Due to the tragedy that surrounded hazelnuts, I went for crushed almonds / pistachios instead.

Initially, I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted the cookies to turn out. Classic thumbprints? Flat and crispy? Soft and chewy? I had no idea! I just wanted to bake some chocolate cookies!

Since I skipped the refrigeration of the dough, the cookies flattened after baking. Okay! Flat and crispy it is!!

Chocolate Almond Cookies

  • 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup  unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of crushed almonds / pistachios
  • 1/4 cup nutella / melted chocolate
  1. Combine flour, cocoa powder, and salt in small bowl.
  2. Beat butter, granulated sugar, cream and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until pale and fluffy.
  3. Gradually beat in flour mixture until just combined.
  4. Roll them into balls and roll into the crushed nuts. If the nuts doesn’t stick, a trick is to brush egg white on the dough and then roll them after. Since we want them to be flat and thin, we will skip the refrigeration for this recipe.
  5. Indent the middle and pipe nutella / melted chocolate in the middle.
  6. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  7. Pipe more chocolate / nutella if desired. Enjoy!

Speaking of impulse, I never considered myself impulsive aside from my baking tendencies. I plan a lot.. In fact, sometimes I think I over-plan and overanalyze. It’s out of character for me to be absolutely spontaneous with vacations and especially big purchases…

But…. Just on Friday, I forked out some of my savings to purchase an air ticket to Switzerland; I was leaving on a plane to Geneva in just 2 days! Whoa! Can you believe it? Yeah, I still can’t.

You might think I’m nuts. Heck, I think I’m nuts! I’m already going to Hawaii the week after, yet I decided on the trip on a whim! But visiting Europe has always been a dream! I’ve extensively traveled all around Asia, and some of North America. Yet, Europe is untouched territory. WHY?!

So yeah, I apologize for a slightly later entry than usual. I’m back from Europe now and am heading to Hawaii tomorrow! My next posts will be on Europe and her goodies! Stay tuned 🙂


61 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa says:

    Oh, I wish that I could globe-trot like you! Actually, I would just be happy if these cookies globe-trotted their way over to me! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Flat and crispy look fantastic! Great looking cookies. Enjoy your trip to Hawaii, I’m looking forward to the posts on Europe.

  3. Claudia says:

    The ideal travelling cookie. The photos make me want to grab one (or two or three) off the page. Cyberspace needs to get real.

  4. You’re so thoughtful Sam. I bet all your pals get pretty excited when they see a care package from their bestie, you!!! The biscuits look divine as always 🙂

  5. These almond cookies look like a piece of heaven!

  6. How good do they look? I would love to try some! My mouth is watering at the sight of them.

  7. Tandy says:

    I was wondering where you had been! I’m sure you had an awesome time and I look forward to hearing all about it 🙂

  8. I could happily devour these – they look amazing 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. rsmacaalay says:

    I do bake impulsively but mostly I use puff pastry as its so easy specially with the ready made pastry available I just choose my topping

  10. chilliliefde says:

    This looks so delicious! I will definitely give it a try!

  11. Courtney says:

    So exciting! Love the impulse trip! (and impulsive baker should be my new blog name, I’m thinking). 🙂 Love these cookies and happy travels.

  12. These look delicious! And looking forward to reading all about your European travels!:)

  13. Drizzled with Nuetella! Ahhh, yes, but were you really able to package these up? I would have had a hard time not sneaking a few here and there 😉

    Wonderful, let the wind blow you to new adventures. Safe travels!!

  14. I’m usually a chewy cookie gal, but these look great. Can’t wait to try them!

  15. foodjaunts says:

    These look simply fabulous! Especially with the use of nutella. And I can’t believe you just hopped on a plane to Europe! Double jealous since you’re about to leave for Hawaii

  16. sugaredpecan says:

    Sam, it is always the sweet tooth that makes me bake on impulse! These look delish!

  17. Simply Tia says:

    These cookies look fantastic!!!

    And please, pack me in your suitcase and take me with you to Switzerland and Hawaii. Seriously, you’re going to have a ball. I always believe people should spend money on experiences. Both sound like trips you’ll never forget! Have a great time!!!

  18. These do look like a tasty choice for sending to a friend. I am sure that Hambie was delighted with these, I know I would have been.
    Enjoy your travels, Hawaii makes for a great holiday and I am sure you have some wonderful memories from Europe!

  19. i’m definitely an impulse baker – sometimes i just get the urge to cook or bake + decide to whip something up right on the spot. =) these cookies look absolutely delicious + your pictures are just gorgeous!

  20. Caroline says:

    Pretty sure half of the time I bake it’s on impulse, ha! Mainly because I don’t need dozens of cookies or a huge cake sitting in my apartment…for only me/my roommate to eat. 😉 These cookies sound great. x

  21. Juliana says:

    Wow Sammie, these cookies look great, like the nuts and Nutella in these cookies…
    What? You mean, you just came back and are already heading out? Lucky you! Enjoy 🙂

  22. Carolyn Jung says:

    Cookies always make a lovely gift. And even better when they are chocolate. 😉

  23. You’re making all of us drool…not just because of those deliciously earth-shattering cookies, but also because of the wonderful escapades around the globe. Good for you for being spontaneous! 🙂

  24. Norma Chang says:

    Have a great time in Hawaii. Looking forward to reading about the goodies from Europe.

  25. must be full of nutty aroma, very tempting indeed!

  26. Lisa says:

    Visiting Europe has been a dream of mine for years..especially France..just for the food to start! I had opportunities, but always passed them over for tropical islands,…ack..what was I thinking? Well..I can’t wait to hear about and see photos from your trip! These cookies are killing a good way. I love all those crunchy almonds all over them!

  27. I have baked on impulse many many times!! These cookies look amazing. They are a perfect potable treat! Enjoy your travels!

  28. Karista says:

    These look absolutely delightful! Definitely keeping this in my cookie recipe repertoire. Delicious wishes!

  29. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I love the header image and these cookies look scrumptious. I’m too busy to make cookies with the kids lately. But almost summer break and hope to make these cookies then!

  30. Joanne says:

    Oh yes, mailing cookies is far more sensible than mailing cake. And these look so delicious that I’m sure she loved them!

  31. chefconnie says:

    What a lovely cookie and recipe. Now this is something I have to try.

  32. Sammie says:

    Thanks Lisa! I’m glad you like them. Hehe. 😀

  33. Sammie says:

    Thanks Carol!!

  34. Sammie says:

    Haha. Thanks Claudia! Yeah! Cookies are definitely best for traveling!

  35. Sammie says:

    Thanks! Yeah! I sent her a bunch of stuff and she said this was her favourite of them all! So that made me happy. 😀

  36. Sammie says:

    Awww! Thanks Asmita!

  37. Sammie says:

    Thanks Tandy!! I really admire that you were able to blog even while you were traveling!! That’s super amazing how you prepared all those drafts! Haha

  38. Sammie says:

    Hehe. Thanks Uru!

  39. Sammie says:

    yummy!! I can imagine all the delicious toppings you can go with! Yeah and you’re right! That would be fast and easy! 😀

  40. Sammie says:

    haha.. Thanks Amy!! Yeah! Sometimes I really have to control my baking urges when it’s 1am at night and everyone’s sleeping! lol

  41. Sammie says:

    Exactly!! Wow you’re roomie sounds so lucky! She probably gets to eat so many of your delicacies! 😀

  42. Sammie says:

    haha.. Thanks Juliana!! yeah. I’m a huge fan of nuts when it comes to baking! Just makes everything so much better!

  43. Sammie says:

    Exactly!! You’ve read my mind! haha

  44. Sammie says:

    Thank you!! haha.. yeah! Should post up those pictures soon!!

  45. Sammie says:

    Thanks Norma!! I’ll put them up soon! 🙂

  46. Sammie says:

    Thanks Jen!

  47. Sammie says:

    Thank you! I hope you like them!

  48. Sammie says:

    Haha.. That would be an awesome blog name! Thanks!

  49. Sammie says:

    Thanks Lorraine! I hope to have them up soon! haha

  50. Sammie says:

    hahah.. Thanks Sandra! Yeah! i definitely had a few pieces myself too. hehe..

  51. Sammie says:

    Thank you!! Yeah. I kinda love them both depending on my mood I guess! lol. But I do tend to lean towards the chewy!

  52. Sammie says:

    Haha.. Thanks FJ! Sorry for the late reply. It seemed like eternity since I went on my trip now! lol

  53. Sammie says:

    Exactly! Food was so amazing in Europe! But yeah, I’d have to say tropical islands are really beautiful too!! It’s always a hard decision! hehe.. Thanks Lis!

  54. Sammie says:

    Thanks so much!! Can’t believe my trip was already over! Month has passed so quickly and still have yet to blog about it! haha..

  55. Sammie says:

    Thanks Karista!! 🙂

  56. Sammie says:

    Thanks Nami! Yeah! Cookies require so little effort though! I only wish I could whip up those delicious dishes on your blog! 🙂

  57. Sammie says:

    Haha.. Thanks Joanne! Glad she did! 😀

  58. Sammie says:

    Thanks Connie! I hope you do! 🙂

  59. Sammie says:

    Thanks Sonia!! 🙂

  60. thehungrymum says:

    these are calling my name. I love pistachios in anything sweet!

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