Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Flourless Almond Butter Cookies

What are your simple joys in life? I was on this subject during dinner the other day with a friend. It had been a stressful day with everyone studying for finals, and I was tired, frustrated, and hungry. But then, I had a delicious stir-fry with a good chat, and instantly felt much better. A good meal and some nice company after a tough day is just one of the many simple joys in life.

Considering everything that goes through a college student’s mind every day, it’s so easy to overlook the little things in life. Too often, we only look towards greater goals, and don’t pick up on the small successes everyday that make us smile that little bit more.

Sure achieving a long term goal feels great, but so does popping bubble wrap for hours on end, taking boots off after a long day of skiing, finally using the toilet after holding on for too long, being outside under the sun, itching a mosquito bite, spending carefree time with friends, enjoying a refreshing smoothie after a long run outdoors … and the list goes on.

I really hope you give this almond butter cookie recipe a try. These cookies are definitely a simple joy. With only five ingredients, you’d really have to quite the kitchen klutz to mess these up.


1 cup almond butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp vanilla extract
Whole almonds (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Use a tablespoon to scoop balls of the dough, and use your hands to form balls. Place on a lined baking sheet. Press an almond on top if desired. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. They will be soft when first out of the oven. Cool completely.

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