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Best When Frozen Chocolate Cookies

I love chocolate. It is my thing. It is a treat I would never and could never give up. Naturally, these double chocolate cookies spoke my language and I decided Valentine's Day would be a perfect time to test them out. I made them and was not thrilled at all but reserved the leftovers in the freezer nonetheless. The next day, I gave the cookie another chance and it was soooo much better than when they were freshly made--which I did not like at all--but frozen, they became a totally different cookie that won me over. I hope they do the same for you.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cookies
Author The Cowgirl Gourmet thanks The Detoxinista for sharing this recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 12 dates pitted (1 cup)
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 chia or flax egg 1 tablespoon ground chia or flax seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks or chips I used part of a 72% organic dark chocolate bar and chopped it up or for a vegan alternative you can use Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.

  2. In a food processor, process the dates and pecans together until it becomes a crumbly texture.

  3. Add the cocoa powder, salt and baking soda.

  4. In a small bowl, add the vanilla, ground chia or flax and water and stir well to blend thoroughly. Add the chia/flax egg-vanilla mixture to the food processor and process until the batter is relatively smooth. It is going to be stickier than a traditional cookie dough.

  5. Add in the chips or chunks and pulse a few times to combine.

  6. Because these cookies do not spread much, you will need to shape each one.

    Scoop tablespoon-sized dollops of batter onto the cookie sheet and use your fingers to gently shape and flatten each cookie. It is helpful to keep your fingers wet as you shape the cookies so the dough does not stick to your hands.

  7. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are firm and you smell brownies cooking in the oven. Allow the cookies to cool on the sheet for 10 minutes and then place on a wire cookie rack to cool completely.

  8. Though these cookies are okay after baking, they are definitely best when placed in the freezer and enjoyed frozen. Trust me on this one, ok?