Double Chocolate Date and Almond Cookies

Double Chocolate Date and Almond CookiesA while back, Amber at The Tasty Alternative posted her Double Chocolate Hazelnut Coconut Cookies and I just about died and went to heaven! But the thing was, they reminded me of my favorite cookies from my childhood – something called Afghan biscuits.

I guess me and Afghans were always meant to be, given my love of chocolate. However since going gluten free (and refined sugar free) a few years ago, I haven’t made them, and they were fading into distant memory…..until I saw Amber’s cookies, which gave me an idea to try to make my own gluten-free version of Afghan biscuits! However I decided to jazz it up a little with chunks of dates and chocolate πŸ™‚

Double Chocolate Date and Almond Cookies

1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup arrowroot flour*
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
6 medjool dates, pitted and chopped into small pieces
2 oz dark (at least 70%) chocolate, chopped into small pieces
4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) honey
1/4 cup oil (I like to use 50:50 mix of butter and coconut oil but you could use one or the other)
1 egg

1. Gently melt the butter/coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat.
2.Β Combine the almond flour, arrowroot flour, cocoa powder and salt in a large bowl.
3.Β Mix in the dates and dark chocolate.
4. Mix in the honey, oil and the egg. The mixture gets thick and sticky, but make sure it is mixed well.
5. Form the mixture into balls of dough (no more than 1.5 inches diameter) and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
6. Flatten each ball into the shape of a cookie with the palm of your hand. I actually use a fork, dipped in a little arrowroot powder to prevent sticking, to flatten out each ball of dough.
7. Bake at 350F for 13-15 minutes.
Makes 20 cookies.

*I like to use arrowroot powder to soften the texture a little. Arrowroot is a starchy root (like tapioca), it is not a grain. You could replace the arrowroot with 1/2 cup tapioca starch (I have done this) or an additional 1/2 cup of almond flour if you don’t like the starch (although I haven’t actually tried this myself.)

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24 Comment

  1. Debbie, I am going to have to try these cookies! I have such a craving for chocolate now, this is one baking job that might happen right this minute…bye, bye, gotta run πŸ™‚

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      LOL. thanks Laureen! I crave chocolate too. Ate the last one of these yesterday….need to bake more πŸ™‚

  2. Amber says: Reply

    Hi Debbie,

    These are chocolicious! Oh my…you seriously have me drooling. I’ve been craving chocolate these days. And I just love your ingredients. Great job!! And thank you for the link love! πŸ™‚ How wonderful to make a favorite childhood treat!!

    I’m pinning these for sure!! Thank you for sharing with us on AFW.

    Have a great rest of your week Debbie. You are sending us that cool air (thank you Delta Breeze)!! It has been gorgeous this week!

    Hugs,.
    –Amber

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Well you gave me the best possible inspiration! Thanks for the pin πŸ™‚ Take care, Deb

  3. Hi, sweet friend! These cookies look wonderful! I was just posting my link-ups at the same time as you and saw these and had to know who created them! Yum! I’ll have to share these on FB page soon! Hope you’re having a SOUPer week! LOL!
    Blessings, Kelly

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Ha ha! I am having a SOUPer week, as usual πŸ™‚ Just left a comment on your luscious lemon bars because I spotted them as I was linking up!! So funny πŸ™‚

  4. Yum, these look delicious. I’m going to have to give them a try with just almond flour. I also keep meaning to try making my own chocolate chips. This just might give me the motivation!

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Oooh, homemade chocolate chips, I’d love to know how you do it! If you make these cookies, let me know how it works out with just almond flour (and what quantity you used)…then I can add a note to my recipe. Thanks Mindy!

  5. Oh wow. These look delicious! I love afghans too and have all the ingredients (except chocolate) to make these cookies so I’m going to give it a go. Thanks Debbie!

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Thanks Emma! These really do remind me of afghans….you could also ice them and add walnuts if you wanted!

      1. I’ve just pinned this recipe to remind me to try it. I’ve had it open on my browser all week and it keeps calling to me to get baking!

        1. Debbie says: Reply

          You better not ignore the call any longer! πŸ™‚

  6. Laura says: Reply

    I am featuring these delicious cookies this week on Allergy-Free Wednesdays πŸ™‚

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Wow, thanks Laura, that’s awesome! Much appreciated πŸ™‚

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  10. I know what I’m making today πŸ™‚

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      yummy, save some for me please! πŸ™‚

  11. What a super easy and simple recipe. I love when I find a gluten free recipe that doesn’t have 20 ingredients! I’ll have to give this a try.

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