Ready for something different in a Paleo Cookie? How does the combination of macadamia nuts, chocolate, and cinnamon sound? Yes, it is delicious and these Macadamia-Chocolate Paleo cookies are delicious proof!
Macadamia Butter Goodness
Rich and chocolaty with a hint of macadamia nut sweetness and cinnamon spice, these cookies from Nikki Young’s Paleo Sweets are easy to make and incredible to eat. I have gone on and on before about almond butter being the key to great Paleo cookies in other recipes, but my eyes have certainly been opened up to macadamia nut butter and other nut butters after reading and using Paleo Sweets. The smell of these cookies baking is amazing, and the taste is fantastic.
Recipe: Macadamia-Chocolate Paleo Cookies
Makes 14-16 cookies
- 1 cup almond meal/flour
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1-1/2 tbsp honey
- 2/3 cup macadamia nut butter
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Roll the cookie dough between two sheets of baking paper to a thickness slightly less than 1/4″. Use a cookie cutter or knife to make cookies and re-roll the dough as necessary to use all of it.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and place cookies with an inch space in between. Bake for 8-10 minutes and allow to cool before serving.
Paleo Cookie Cooking Tips
All ovens cook a little differently. You will have to watch these cookies as they cook to ensure that they do not get over done or burn. Since this recipe doesn’t use eggs, I leave these cookies slightly on the under-done side of the baking time. You want to bake them just long enough to hold together after they have cooled, so adjust your baking time accordingly. Allowing them to cool in the refrigerator isn’t necessary, but store them cold so that they keep for several days.
Keep in mind that these are cookies made with Paleo ingredients. You are using the macadamia nut butter and honey to bind the cookie together. The cookies will retain the size and shape that you make them before they go in the oven.
A General Word About All Paleo Cookies
Since first publishing this recipe, I received one scathing comment about how bad this recipe is. This person did not explain in detail why these cookies were so terrible to him/her, but they were clearly upset about the results. I feel that I should state that I have made this recipe 3 times and with the exception of the first try (where I over-cooked them) they have have been absolutely delicious.
If you are new to Paleo cooking, and particularly Paleo baked goods or desserts, you have to realize that no Paleo or Primal cookie recipe is going to taste like it was made by the Keebler elves. If you ate an Oreo yesterday and eat a Paleo cookie today while expecting a similar taste, you will be disappointed.
There is no white sugar or high fructose corn syrup in these recipes. It may take some time for your palette to become accustomed to the very subtle sweetness found in most of these recipes. If you really feel that you need more sweetness I suggest that you try adding another sweetener like Stevia, maple sugar, or Sugar in the Raw, but please give this recipe a shot as-is first.
SInce buying Paleo Sweets about a month ago I have made a half dozen recipes from the book. This is only 1 of 17 cookie recipes in the book. I wanted to spend some time baking some of the recipes before making a recommendation. This is the only dedicated Paleo dessert cookbook that I have found and it is well worth picking up. With 82 Paleo dessert recipes, a full complement of nut butter recipes, and 17 great Paleo cookie recipes, I highly recommend that you check out: Paleo Sweets by Nikki Young