Sunday, December 25, 2011

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls

I discovered the "Cookie Ball" while devising a tasty paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe. As I tested each new recipe variant, I gauged the batter's spreadability with a "ball test": I'd leave one lump of cookie dough as a perfect ball and see how much it spread out in the oven on its own.

As it turns out, the cookie recipe I settled on barely spreads at all. This means that to get a traditional cookie shape, you need to flatten each cookie well with the palm of your hand before baking. But this also means that you can skip the flattening stage to make ball-shaped chocolate chip cookies! They come out of the oven slightly browned and cookie-liked on the outside while remaining soft and moist on the inside. They were popular: One friend started asking for me to make more spherical cookies just for her to enjoy.

These might look gigantic, but they are each about the size of a walnut.
The recipe can be found in my previous post: Delicious Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. The difference in the recipe is at the end: roll the dough into balls, each about the size of a walnut, and let them bake as-is instead of flattening before baking. Bake until golden brown, let cool, and eat. Note: If you substitute raw honey for the agave syrup that I call for in the recipe, the cookies do spread a small bit on their own.

They are best eaten the day of baking. I tried refrigerating a few and eating them several days later - the texture becomes more chewy throughout and less enjoyable.




Schultz Family said...

I just made these and my daughter was extremely skeptical as the dough was being made. She was sure she would hate them. I had us try them at the same time and you should have seen her face! She gobbled up 2 more cookies before they were cool on the plate! I'm so excited about this recipe! Since beginning a paleo lifestyle in January, I have been mourning my favorite snack. Not anymore! I did substitute coconut oil for the macadamia nut oil, and I melted it. Your recipe didn't say whether it was melted or not. Also my flour was the almond meal from Trader Joes and it was still great. The dough was gooey, so I should have added more flour, but I didn't read that til later...oops! All in all, a keeper recipe! Thanks so much!,

Anonymous said...

Thank you for testing recipes! Some of the recipes out there are seriously bad. Like some on Elana's Pantry and others that are so popular and have recipe books. Being healthy doesn't mean having poor taste and/or settling. It is the reverse of settling for disgusting junk food but spending more money. If I had to eat awful food like that all the time, I would revolt against my parents.

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