Soft, nutty almond meal cookies with bold eggnog flavor, and melty chunks of dark chocolate. Vegan, gluten-free and unlike any cookie you’ve ever tasted!
How do you feel about eggnog? It seems to be one of those holiday things that people either LOVE or find totally disgusting. I never understood how anyone could dislike it, but then again, if I had it my way, I’d eat my cereal with half and half. 😉 Rich, thick and creamy has never been something I turn down. In fact, in my, um…less healthy days, I could probably drink a carton of eggnog in one sitting. Okay, now that does actually gross me out now, but that’s how much I love it.
But don’t worry, if drinking eggnog isn’t your thing, these cookies have got you covered in the flavor department, without that creamy texture. They also use the soy nog. I’m usually not a big fan of soy anything, but I’m also a big fan of saving calories, and it really is the lightest one around. Not to mention, it means you can share it with all your vegan and lactose intolerant friends. Or keep them all to yourself, because you probably won’t want to share. That’s where using the lowest calorie eggnog comes in handy. 😉
If you’ve never had almond meal cookies, they are unlike any other cookie you will ever eat. It’s not one of those times where I’m gonna be like “I swear, it tastes exactly the same!” because it doesn’t, but not in a bad way, but in a totally unique, surprising kind of way. The almond meal gives them tons of texture without having huge chunks of nuts in your cookies. I hate that. I love nuts, but I don’t usually like them in my desserts. I like to save room for things I love more. Like chocolate, which these babies are loaded with.
Okay so about the chocolate…You want to use the good stuff. I mean, don’t spend a fortune, but don’t buy one from the check out stand. I always use a salted dark chocolate. It’s my favorite. I’m a 65-75% kinda girl. Some people love their 90%, and I don’t think that’s dessert, but if you like it, more power to you! Pretty much, just use what you like because you will be the one unable to keep your hands off these little gems. On second thought, maybe you should use something you hate…
A couple hints before you get started: Don’t worry if the dough seems really wet, and more like muffin batter. It will firm up a bit when it chills, but it still won’t be a traditional cookie dough. Use a scoop if you want your cookies to come out not looking like aliens. You can use a large spoon as well, but the scoop will yield much prettier and more even cookies. DO NOT try to roll them in your hands unless you like doughy fingers. Oh, and if you love these as much as I do, you have got to try this version using Baileys instead of eggnog!
Soft, nutty almond meal cookies with bold eggnog flavor, and melty chunks of dark chocolate. Vegan, gluten-free and unlike any cookie you've ever tasted!
- 3 cups almond meal
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- dash freshly ground nutmeg
- dash salt
- 1/2 cup soy nog (or light eggnog)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp rum extract
- 5 oz dark chocolate, chopped into chunks
- Line a large baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper. Set aside.In a medium bowl, whisk together almond meal, baking soda, cornstarch, brown sugar, nutmeg and salt. Add eggnog and extracts. Mix until well combined. Fold in dark chocolate. Cover and chill for 30-60 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350. Use a small cookie scoop to drop onto prepared baking pan. Bake until tops just begin to brown, about 11-14 minutes. Cool completely on cookie sheet. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf says
Honestly, I can’t remember the last time that I had eggnog and I’m not sure how I feel about it. But these cookies…seriously Ari, you are killing me with the cookies. We usually do a big holiday cookie baking and decorating party and I might have to change our whole plan because of your cookies!
Awwww yay!! Eggnog in cookies is totally different–it has the flavor, but it’s not overpowering, and you don’t get the texture that so many people dislike. It’s the best of both world’s. 😉
Angela @ Happy Fit Mama says
Major dislike of the ‘nog! But my parents are visiting for Christmas and my dad loves that stuff. I’ll be making these for him!
You might surprise yourself, Angela! You’ll have to taste one and let me know if I can make you a believer! 🙂
I LOATHE the nog too—but in my fan? Im so the minority.
Haha, yeah I seem to be the minority around these parts, but it really is so different in a cookie!
Kierston @candyfit says
I think I’ve only ever tried eggnog once. It’s not something I’m into. lol
I’d be interested to see what you thought if you tried it baked in something–it’s really such a different experience!
Jamie @ couchtoironwoman says
I’m not really big on drinking egg nog, but these do sound delicious! I love everything you create!
Thanks Jamie!! You always make my day!
I’ve made almond meal choc chip cookies before and I’m obsessed, that nutty flavour and chewy texture goes so well with chocolate. But eggnog? So creative! Would love to find some soy nog in the store, I’ll be on a hunt!
Me too!! Almond meal is such a unique baking ingredient, and I absolutely love it!
Julia | JuliasAlbum.com says
Beautiful cookies – love the use of eggnog! Eggnog+rum cocktail + these cookies = would be so yummy! I also love really dark chocolate so these would be right up my alley.
Now you’re speaking my language!
Melanie @ Nutritious Eats says
I wouldn’t drink a glass of egg nog but I do like it in cooking- so I would make these for sure. These look amazing!!
Yes–I mean, I love it in all ways, but it’s totally different to drink it than to bake with! Thanks Melanie!