Almond Joy Shortbread Cookies

My favorite candy is homemade candy! An easy Almond Joy Shortbread Cookie recipe at FitCakery.com

I’ve been doing some thinking, and I’ve come to a conclusion.

Chocolate and coconut go REALLY well together!

I mean, right?  But that was actually only one of my conclusions – it was the one that distracted me (in a really tasty way) from a more important thought I had first.

Delicious, gluten, grain, and dairy-free Almond Joy Shortbread Cookies are perfect to make and share! | FitCakery.com

I love to bake… because I enjoy creating something that makes other people happy on so many levels.  As I was giving away a bunch of these Almond Joy Shortbread Cookies to a cycling class I just taught (oh, my gosh, they totally love treats after class!) I had this feeling they were so well-appreciated for more than the obvious tasty-factor.

I hadn’t stopped to think about it in depth before, but it’s really true.

My favorite candy is homemade candy! An easy Almond Joy Shortbread Cookie recipe at FitCakery.com

Think with me, a moment. 

A cookie can be visually pleasing, like a tiny work of art made of sweetness. 

A cookie can be physically satisfying, making your brain do a little serotonin-dance when you take a bite. 

A cookie can be emotionally there for you, like the great boyfriend you wish you had  (just kidding, these cookies are great and all buut…) emotionally fulfilling in the fact that someone took the time to make something for YOU!

Delicious, gluten, grain, and dairy-free Almond Joy Shortbread Cookies are perfect to make and share! | FitCakery.com

And I take selfish pleasure in making other people goodies for those reasons.  Is that possible?  To selfishly want to make other people happy?  Yeah, sounds about right to me. 

Anyway.  Back to that first (second) conclusion I came to.  These cookies are extra delicious because of chocolate and coconut.  If I won some kind of award for these cookies, I’d thank those leading stars. 

P.S. Even though these are so easy to make, they’re going to please any chocolate or coconut lover as they’re: A) gluten & grain-free.  B) dairy-free (using coconut oil).  C) pretty low in carbs for a cookie/candy (5 net g).  And D) so SO tasty.

My favorite candy is homemade candy! An easy Almond Joy Shortbread Cookie recipe at FitCakery.com

Almond Joy Shortbread Cookies

gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free {makes 20 cookie bars}

Ingredients:

Shortbread:

  • 1 T. ground flax seed
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • ½ c. almond flour
  • ¼ c. (2 oz) room temp. coconut oil (or cold butter)
  • 2 T. (1 oz) egg whites (2 large egg whites)
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt

Almond Joy Topping

  • 1 c. dark chocolate chips
  • 1 T. coconut oil
  • 1/3 c. shredded coconut (sweetened usually tastes best for candy-making)
  • ¼ c. chopped blanched almonds

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat an 8 x 8” pan with cooking spray.

Using a food processor or a bowl and a pastry blender, combine the shortbread ingredients until no lumps of coconut oil (or butter) are left.

Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the cookie is just slightly browned and baked through.  Allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing into 20 rectangles.

Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a double boiler or in the microwave.  If you use the microwave, put the chips in a glass bowl and put them in for 20 seconds at a time, stirring well in between each to avoid burning the chocolate. 

When the chocolate is fully melted, add the shredded coconut and almonds, and mix to combine.

Spread out the shortbread bars on a pan covered in wax paper.  Spread about 1 T. of the Almond Joy mixture on each cookie.  Place the pan in the freezer for no more than 10 minutes or in the refrigerator for up to an hour to harden the chocolate.

Immediately eat one/ and share a bunch, too! (Sharing is caring, after all!)

Store in a covered container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Makes 20 cookies

Nutrition per cookie: 105 calories; 8 g fat (6 g saturated); 7 g carbs; 2 g fiber; 2 g protein

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