Do Unto Others & COOKIES!

This one is for my Ma. She requested a baked goods recipe a few weeks ago and I finally got some time to bake something. Which, I might add, is one of the things that I make an effort to do as often as possible since it is something I highly enjoy doing, and as we know, it is important to do things for yourself. In this case it benefits many, something I believe that many of you will find to be the case with anything you do "for yourself".

Which brings me to the topic of this post. Yes, make time for yourself. Yes, put your needs first. But in doing so, never treat anyone less than they deserve. And no one deserves to be treated any less than you desire to be treated. The Golden Rule shines through; do unto others as you would have them do unto you. And just because someone else does not follow that rule does not give you a justified reason to do the same. In fact, it should give you more reason to treat them with the same amount of respect and compassion as you'd desire. It will likely bring them closer to a wholesome state of being. It's a lot like paying it forward (great movie, by the way!).

It's part of the reason I chose to do this recipe. My mother is one of the most caring and selfless people I know; willing to do and help anyone who needs it. So it is my pleasure to deliver my version of The Food Lover's Primal Palate's Double Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies in honor of her. As a chocolate lover, I know she will appreciate it, and I hope you will to!

Double Dark Chocolate Cookies with Almonds
The Food
- 1 cup coconut flour, sifted
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 4oz dark chocolate bar, broken into small chunks
- 1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate morsels
- 1/2 cup almonds, chopped

The Prep
Preheat oven to 325
Measure out one cup of coconut flour, then sift
Melt coconut oil and honey in microwave for about 30-45 seconds (if middle of summer, can probably skip this step)
Break up chocolate bar with meat mallet, rolling pin, or any heavy beating tool of your preference
Measure out 1/2 cup almonds, then chop

The Method
Beat eggs, oil, honey, vanilla, and salt with an electric mixer on medium low for about 30 seconds
Mix in cocoa powder and beat on low for about 10 seconds, then medium low for about 30 seconds
Before being flattened
Add in coconut flour and beat on medium low for about 20 seconds, scrape down the sides, then beat until everything is nice and mixed together, about 30 more seconds
Mix in chocolate bar, chips, and almonds
Drop about 1 1/2 tbs onto a lined cookie sheet (I use a Slipat, you could also use parchment paper) **the batter was super sticky (considering it's July and hot as Haiti, it might not be so bad in the cooler months) so I used a spatula in one hand to scrap the batter out of the tablespoon in the other hand**
Flattened with glass
Form cookie into cookie shape (they do not spread like regular cookies) **again, since the batter was so sticky, I dipped a glass in water to flatten the cookies on the sheet. Worked like a charm! Just dip the glass between each cookie, wiping any batter off that transfers**
Bake for about 16 minutes; cookies will give very slightly when pressed in the center
Cool on rack

Fresh out of the oven!

Unflattened cookies on left, flattened cookies on right.
Both delicious :)
Enjoy :)

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