Nutritious and Delicious: Gluten-Free Chocolate Sparkle Cookies

Valentine’s Day may be over, but it’s never too late to get in the kitchen and play around with chocolate – especially since it’s now all on sale! Now, you may be thinking -“Hey, chocolate isn’t very nutritious!” – but this recipe gives a healthy spin to your typical desert.

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Often, consuming large amounts of gluten – a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley (yes, this includes beer!) – can cause havoc with your digestion, especially for those suffering from Celiac Disease. Limiting your intake of gluten can increase energy levels, lower fat and sugar consumption, and drive you to fill up on fresh and nutritious foods. Fun fact, decreasing gluten intake can also help alleviate symptoms of autism, according to researchers.
So, let’s get to the recipe, shall we?
These cookies are not only easy on your intenstines, but also on your food supply! They only need 5 ingredients – not including love.
1/2 pound (8 oz.) semisweet chocolate (the richer, the better, in my opinion)
3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
2 eggs
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup finely ground almonds – peanuts or hazelnuts work too!
Some sugar for rolling
Start off by melting the chocolate in the top of a double boiler set over, but not touching, simmering water. Stirring the chocolate as it heats helps with the melting process. Remove the melted chocolate from the heat and stir in the butter until melted.Watch out, it’s about to smell really good.
In another bowl, beat the eggs. Gradually add the sugar until ribbons form. Then, fold in the chocolate butter mixture. Gently stir in the nuts.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper – this is not construction paper, baking novices! That will catch on fire. Use a spoon, or as I prefer, an ice cream scoop, to form the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll the balls in granulated sugar and place on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Place in the oven and cook between 9 to 12 minutes. You may need to go longer if you made your cookies bigger.
And that’s it, folks! You will end up with deliciously soft bundles of sparkly love!
Until next time, peace, love, and chocolate!

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