Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 7 to 10 minutes Ready In: 40 minutes Yield: 1½ dozen

Some might say it's impossible to make a great batch of chocolate chip cookies without butter. I disagree. These cookies are completely dairy-free and one of the easiest cookie recipes to make.

Ingredients: 2 cups (184 g) sifted fine-ground blanched almond flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt ? cup (80 ml) raw honey ¼ cup (60 ml) melted coconut oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 large egg, room temperature 1 cup (7 ounces/200 g) chocolate chips

Directions: 1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats; set aside. (Note: If you're working with one baking sheet, allow to completely cool between batches.) 2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir together using a fork until well combined. 3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, combine the honey, coconut oil, vanilla, and egg. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Add the honey mixture to the almond flour mixture and beat on low speed until combined. 4. Stir in chocolate chips. Use a small cookie scoop to transfer the dough evenly onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches (5 cm) apart or 9 cookies per baking sheet. If using one baking sheet, keep remaining uncooked dough refrigerated until ready to bake. 5. Bake each sheet separately on the middle rack at 350°F (177°C) for 7 to 10 minutes or until the tops and edges are lightly browned. Once the cookies are done, remove the parchment or baking mat from the baking sheet and let cookies cool slightly before using a spatula to transfer them to a cooling rack. Store covered at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Notes: Make the cookie dough now and bake later! Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, shape it into a log, then throw it in the freezer. When the cookie urge strikes, remove from the freezer and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes, cut into ¾-inch (2-cm)-thick slices and bake a few cookies at a time or the entire batch.

Recipe Courtesy of Julie Bauer

Amber Erisman Kitchen Assistant Surfas Culinary District, Orange County ambere@surfasonline.com (714) 453-COOK x740 (714)640-8888 - fax

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