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what’s in that bowl

Sorry to leave you hanging for over 24hrs with what was in the mystery bowl yesterday.  So many of you guessed, but no one was exactly right.


  • cookie dough dip

  • cookie dough

  • chocolate chip peanut butter

  • cookie dough hummus

  • cookie dough looking stuff

  • gooey deliciousness

It is in fact, gooey deliciousness.

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To be a little more specific…

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It’s cookie dough almond butter…

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…with chocolate chips!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Almond Butter

If just the name didn’t set of Pavlovian triggers, I don’t know what will!

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SECOND best nut butter, ever.  My best nut butter is still the maple cinnamon almond butter, but this comes extremely close.  I kid you not, it tastes like straight up raw cookie dough.  You definitely could use this as a dip, but it differs from the cookie dough dip recipes that are out there.

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The crunchy pieces of chocolate chips woven throughout are amazing.

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I developed this for my sis-in-law Natalie, who is currently preggo.  Her birthday was this past weekend, and she requested all foodie gifts.  That, I can do!  I made her this nut butter, Mama Pea’s chocolate cookie doughballs, and cinnamon toast crunch crackers.

Now what if you…crumbled up the crackers, and rolled them into the doughballs and then topped it with this nut butter?  Can you imagine???

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We have ourselves a winner, folks! [cheeseball alert]

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Almond Butter

  • 2c raw almonds

  • 2-3t pure cane sugar

  • 2-3t safflower oil [neutral flavor oil works best]

  • 1/4t salt

  • 2t vanilla bean paste [or extract]

  • 1/3t almond extract [key ingredient!!!]

  • 1/2c coarsely chopped dark chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

  2. Toast almonds until golden brown, turning 3-4 times, for about 12-18min total.  Watch carefully, so they don’t burn.

  3. Let cool 5min.

  4. Place in a heavy-duty food processor and turn on, scraping the bowl often to keep things moving.

  5. Process until it finally starts to butterize.  This took about 6-10min, approximately.

  6. Keep scraping and processing until smooth.  Be patient.  *If it’s been 10min and things still aren’t together, add 2t oil.

  7. Add in 2t sugar, salt, vanilla, and almond extract.  Process again until smooth.

  8. Taste and add more sugar if it’s not sweet enough, but remember the chopped chocolate will add a bit of sweetness as well.

  9. Once it’s nice and smooth, like the photo I show above in the food processor, empty into a bowl and put in the fridge for about 1hr, until room temperature.  The processed nut butter will likely be very warm.  If you mix the chocolate chips in at this point, they will melt.

  10. Once the nut butter has come to room temp, stir in the chocolate chips.

Taste tests are encouraged!

*Almond butter is the hardest to process into nut butter, so be patient.  I have an 11c Cuisinart food processor.  If you have a 7c, I would suggest cutting this recipe in half or at least by 1/4.  If using an 11c, do not increase the size of this recipe.

*I recommend using pure cane sugar, instead of a liquid sweetener like honey or maple here, because 1 – I didn’t want a honey/maple flavor 2 – They tend to make the nut butters extremely thick and sometimes turns it into a nasty thick dough.  The cane sugar combined perfectly.

*I’m keeping this nut butter in a glass jar on the counter.  I only refrigerate my nut butters with ground flax.  They’re usually only around for about 3 weeks before I finish them off, so I don’t find it necessary to refrigerate.  I’m not sure what food safety protocol technically is in this manner…but I’m still alive!  I keep them in the cupboard, but you definitely can store them in the fridge.

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If you don’t have a food processor, make friends with someone who does.  Pronto!


Reader Comments (115)

OH MY STARS you've done it. my head just exploded.

this looks perfect!!!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristina @ spabettie

If only you'd been around when I was pregnant... ;)

Brilliant Ashley. Pure brillance. :)

I agree with Heather, BRILLIANCE!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLee @ Fit Foodie Finds

Holy crap, woman! I. Need. This. Now. You are a genius!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristy @ KristyRuns

My birthday is next week - totally asking for a food processor! I'm not sure why I never registered for one when I got married - it may be because I wasn't into health foods at that time. Dang it!

This is brilliant.


March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

thank you my dear :) hehe

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The food processor is my most valued kitchen tool!!! Even more than my vita-mix!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

my husband and I were just talking about how I routinely eat almond butter for dessert. THIS is what I want to eat for dessert now!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren @ spiced plate

O.M.G. How is it that I just discovered your blog???? This looks amazing and will have to be made pronto.

p.s. I just bought some farro and amaranth b/c of you!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTamar

Genius! Saving this!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

Haha...thanks for saying hi! Hope you like the farro + amaranth!! :)

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Well that looks spectacular! Yum!!!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

Woohoo! I was close with my guess. Could this be anymore amazing? Combining to my two greatest loves: nuts & chocolate. It is genius!

Feel free to ship leftovers my way :)

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Looks delicious!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPB Addict

YES please!! I can't wait to make this. Last time I made one of your nut butter recipes, I couldn't stand the thought of wasting the almond butter that was left stuck to the food processor, so I added frozen bananas to the food processor to make banana soft serve just so I wouldn't waste the precious nut butter :)

Wow! That is genius. I am currently in almond butter heaven :)

I guessed cookie dough peanut butter - I was pretty darn close!!! This looks absolutely amazing. So decadent! !!!!!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yum! I should have known it was nut butter - you're the nut butter queen :D I reeeeeeaaaaly need to get myself some almonds because that looks amazing.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

Leftovers??? haha ;)

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

As said MANY a time, you just keep mastering the nut butter arts, and it keeps getting better! I can't keep up with all your brilliance, missy :) Just made your cocoa- nut almond butter, and all I can say is match made in heaven!
Hope you are well and the house ordeal goes well! :)

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNamaste Gurl

oh. my. yum. I'm drooling. I've been loving "faux" chocolate chip cookie doughs lately so this is on my "must make before I go absolutely crazy" list ;) did it again. I am ordering a new food processor tomorrow. this is just ridiculous to go this long without one. seriously, this recipe thrills me.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterclaire

ashley, shiz girl, you are the nut butter goddess!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura (Starloz)

I'm totally saving this for when I get pregnant again. This has pregnancy craving written all over it. :-)

This looks amazing. I'm pretty sure I could eat an entire bowl of this in one sitting.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa

I really don't think I could stop myself from eating that entire batch.

amazing! I just bookmarked this. I'm going to make a batch for my co-workers at lululemon!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDorry

I have all the ingredients!! I'm making this!

P.S. my parents are visiting Ft Collins this Friday and wanted to know what they should do while they are there for the day. Suggestions!?!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

Again another must try for me!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

So glad you liked that will definitely love this one too!! The house things are moving a long...thanks :)

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hehehehe..have fun with your new toy!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I will gladly accept that honor... ;)

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hahaa...nut butter OD!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It's not easy...

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That is a dangerous idea. :)

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh my heavens! I cannot quit drooling! This is why I shouldn't read blogs before bed!

This looks incredible. So incredible that I know I shouldn't make it because it will be gone in 5 minutes :)

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

I'm so excited to try this one!! You're sister-in-law is going to be in heaven!!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaleigh

So freakin' happy I just scored an 11 cup processor off Craigslist!!!!! :D

Ohmygosh! Cookie Dough Almond Butter!!! That sounds HEAVENLY!


I needed to comment again. 1) You are my new favorite blog. 2) I just made the Vanilla Cinnamon Farro Porridge for me and my boyfriend (doubled the recipe). Wasn't sure it would thicken because it looked like so much liquid. But it was perfect! I used the blender to grind the farro.

I feel like I need to catch up on so many of your amazing recipes now...

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTamar

this looks insanely delicious I must make it asap!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkate@ahealthypassion

Aw thanks!! You definitely started with one of the best recipes!!! :)

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

woohoooo nice find!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Um, that is amazing. you are a genius.

You are so right. The drool is pooling in my mouth.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

Good to know that you don't refrigerate your nut butters! Another incredible looking almond butter that I might have to try.

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