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Gluten-free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

1 poundalmond meal made with unblanched almonds
1/2 teaspoonsalt
1/2 teaspoonbaking soda
1 teaspoonground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoonnutmeg, freshly grated
1-1/4 cup (2-1/2 sticks)unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Zest of one orange
2 teaspoonspure vanilla extract
1 cuplight or dark brown sugar, packed
1 cupsliced almonds, toasted (optional)
2 cupsdark chocolate chips or chunks
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Gluten-free Chocolate Chunk Cookies - Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Melt butter. Cool before using in step 4.

3. In medium bowl, combine dry ingredients: almond meal, salt, baking soda, cinnamon
and nutmeg. Stir or whisk together.

4. In another medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar and wet ingredients: melted
butter, orange zest and vanilla extract.

5. Pour wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix well with spoon or spatula.
Carefully stir in sliced almonds, if desired.

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Gluten-free Chocolate Chunk Cookies - Instructions Continued

6. Make dough balls with a one-tablespoon portion scoop. Mold dough around 2 chocolate
chips or chocolate chunks. Place dough balls one inch apart on parchment paper-lined
baking sheet. Flatten each ball slightly with fingers.

7. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are firm and light brown. Cool on cookie
sheet for a few minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely. Makes about
5 dozen cookies

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