Oct 28

Healthy Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Mondays need chocolate. 

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Especially this Monday since Halloween is only three days away.  Let’s talk about Halloween candy for a quick sec.  All time favorite will always be Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  Not the miniature ones that are tall with the small diameter, but the normal sized ones that are flat with the larger diameter.  Why are we talking about diameters? I hate math.  Except for the 10 minutes in calculus class where I first met my smokin’ hot fiance.  That part of math was nice, the rest was blah.


And I’m not even biased towards name brand Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  I’d gladly eat these or these or definitely these


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I didn’t dress up this year for Halloween.  I think it’s because at twenty-three I’m already old and boring.  I would have totally gone as Jesse Pinkman, except I don’t say “yo, bitch” enough.  Should work on that.  Speaking of Pinkman, have you seen this?  I want to do that workout (not so much the drinking game). 


There is a Halloween party next weekend I could attend, but the day after Halloween I’m already in Thanksgiving/Christmas mode.  I did carve pumpkins this year so that kind of makes up for not dressing up, right?


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So this weekend we worked on addressing and assembling wedding invitations.  Thank goodness for a mom who is capable of writing with a calligraphy pen.  I have zero calligraphy writing abilities.  The best part of the wedding invitations is the wax seal on each envelope.  For some reason it makes the entire invitation look all Harry Potter-esque.  And since every TV station seems to play Harry Potter around Christmas time (why is that?), the Harry Potter feel is completely fitting the winter wedding theme.

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This week Andrew and I are meeting with the wedding caterer for a tasting.  I tried my hardest to have Sweet Paris cater, but it just wasn’t working out.  It would have taken them an 1 1/2 to serve all my guests…and that’s just way too long to make someone wait for food. 

Speaking of food, sometimes when I look back through the pictures on my phone, I realize my life is an ode to chipotle, frozen yogurt, smashburger and toaster waffles. halp.

So all my life I’ve been a chewy, ooey, gooey cookie person.  Crunchy cookies and me just aren’t meant for each other.  But for whatever reason, this weekend a shortbread cookie sounded good to me, so here we are.  They’re kind of like crunchy brownies and would be completely perfect if you made them into biscottis.  Do it.   

Oh and last thing before I leave you alone.  Under NO circumstance do you try this dough (I did, it was terrible).  Bean flour doughs taste like the nastiest thing ever.  I still don’t understand how the cookies turn out. 

{That most likely made you want to try the dough.  But just don’t do it.  For serious, don’t.}   

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Healthy Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
Dry ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond flour
  2. 1 cup garbanzo bean flour
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, unsweetened
  5. 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
Wet ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup chocolate chips (dark or semi-sweet)
  2. 4 tablespoon Earth Balance, room temperature (could use butter)
  3. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  5. 2 tablespoons applesauce, unsweetened
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine almond flour, garbanzo bean flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every 20 seconds to keep them from burning. Add melted chocolate, room temperature Earth balance, vanilla extract, almond extract and applesauce into the dry ingredients. Combine until a dough is formed.
  2. Line a 5x9-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Press the dough into the loaf pan. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour (do not skip this step).
  3. Preheat the oven to 350F. Remove dough from the fridge and slice into 10 or 12 small squares. Place on to a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

24 comments on “Healthy Chocolate Shortbread Cookies”

  1. Ahh I have to try these. They look fantastic! Do you think I could swap out the garbanzo flour for something – like wheat flour, cornmeal (same consistency??) or just more almond meal? Or will that be a disaster….

    Also, feel free to send your mom over anytime she is bored. I have plenty over here that needs calligraphying (<—totally a word)!

    • Not sure about subbing the garbanzo bean flour for something else. I think it would be fine with wheat or almond flour. And I’ll check my mom’s schedule;)

  2. 1) Agreed: full-sized Reese’s are everything. Why the small ones?? The chocolate to filling ratio is SO OFF.
    2) I just went to Sweet Paris this weekend!!! After that doughnut at Pondicheri. Sadly, I was not blown away by my crepe :( But ugh that would make for SUCH CUTE wedding food!!
    3) Now I want to look back through my insta feed to see what it says about me. But I’m scared.
    4) YAY BEAN FLOUR!! I have a sack I need to use up. Make more things with it please :)

    • I really wanna try that Pondicheri place sometime. I’d never even heard of it but your insta picture made it look amazing.

      And what crepe did you get at Sweet Paris that was just meh?!!

      • Warning: I’ve thought several of the dishes I’ve had at Pondicheri were pretty bland. But the baked goods! Swoon. And the desi fries = super yum.

        I got the caprese one since I figured I should eat something dinner-like before Cloud 10 (have you been?? A-MAZING). It was like…pretty good but not mind-blowing. Perhaps because I don’t like truffle oil so I got it on the side and then didn’t eat it. Do you have any recommendations for next time?

    • I have not been to Cloud 10…I just spent like 20 minutes checking out their website and dying over their flavors! Marzipan?? Pumpkin & Cranberry?!

      And when I go to Sweet Paris, the super heavy crepes are my favorite haha. If I’m going savory, I love the Chicken Carbonara. And I feel like it’s hard to go wrong with any of the sweet ones.

      What flavors have you gotten from Cloud 10?!!!

  3. Could I make these with all Almond Flour?

  4. Really? The mini Reese’s were always my favorite of the two! For some reason I just could not get on board with the regular-sized ones. I loved all of the little crinkles on the top and how you could pop a whole one into your mouth. But… To be honest Reese’s in general would not be my first pick though. I much preferred dark chocolate Kit-Kats or something not quite so sugary/heavy. I’m crazy, I know.

    These sound excellent! I’ve never had chocolate shortbread cookies before. I didn’t even know they existed. I think if I were to make them I’d have to fill them with peanut butter now though… You’ve got pb on my mind from all of this talk of Reese’s! :)

    • I totally have been eating these topped with peanut butter haha!! The chocolate + pb combo is just too hard to resist. And I can agree with you on the Kit-Kat-love. I went through a Kit-Kat obsessed phase in high school!

  5. I’m so impressed you made HEALTHY shortbread cookies! Everytime I make them I wind up using eighteen pounds of butter and feeling guilty afterwards. Definitely going to give this one a try (and I know myself… I’ll never get away with NOT trying the dough! Thanks for the warning, though!)

    • I always HAVE to try the dough too. But really…pass on this one!!! And for a more traditionally sized shortbread cookie, you could always slice these thinner!

  6. 1) original sized Reese’s PB Cups for the freakin’ win.
    2) there’s no way I’ll be finding a soul mate in my calculus class, but we get to make waffles there, so I’m okay with it.
    3) my phone is an ode to oatmeal, bananas, and avocado toast
    4) I also like ooey gooey cookies usually, but these look fabbbbulous!

  7. Haha! This post is so adorable ;). Boy…I can’t remember the last time I had Reese’s pb cup. Mmm…
    I def like my cookies chewy as well. If I wanted crunchy, I would eat a cracker or something haha.
    Good luck with all the wedding planning!! And have fun ;).
    My husband and I actually got married in Ashton Gardens when it first opened up..that was awhile back.

    note to self: do not taste the dough! (I’ll have to keep reminding myself as my fingers may have a different agenda)

    • I’ve had several friends get married at Ashton Gardens! Such a pretty place! And now on to a more serious note…DON’T TRY THE DOUGH!! haha it’s soooo gross!

  8. this sounds like a great healthy recipe!

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