This recipe makes 12 thick cookies.
2 1/2 cups of almond meal (Trader Joe's)
1/4 tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt
1/3 cup of honey
2 tbsp of vanilla
1 whole bar of 85% cacao chocolate, chopped (I used Valrhona Le Noir Extra Amer from Trader Joe's. Another good option is the Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Lover's Bar, also 85% cacao.)
3/4 cup of coconut butter (Artisana Raw Coconut Butter from Whole Foods) It's pricey but good. See also: The health benefits and uses of coconut butter.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Soften the coconut butter in the microwave if it's not already in a peanut butter-like consistency. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and then flatten them in your hands into a cookie shape and put on a greased cookie sheet. Unlike regular cookies these will not rise and spread into a flat cookie. Whatever shape you put them into the oven is how they come out. Bake at 350 for 11-13 minutes or until the cookies start to brown around the edges.
These cookies are delicious but dense. If a cookie can be hearty, these cookies are just that. This is the meatloaf of cookies. Seriously, all you need is one and you'll be satisfied. Or, you could make the cookies smaller and more bite size and stretch the recipe a little further. Although, making the cookies bite size might leave you inclined to eat more of them.