Today I am bringing you some of my three favourite foods. Chocolate, almonds and cookies, chocolate almond butter cookies to be precise. These cookies aren’t just any cookies, these cookies are inspired and dedicated to a dear blogging friend, Isabella King AKA Coriander Queen, who tragically lost her battle with cancer last month. Izzie was part of a close group of bloggers who I am honoured to call my friends. We bonded over our love of Bath, coriander and cookies. We sadly never got to meet in person, but we chatted so much online, I felt like I had known her for a lifetime. Her death shocked us all, and I know I speak for all of us when I say it was an honour to be even a small part of her life.
This community has been my rock since starting the blog, always happy to answer any questions, help guide me through the murky world of coding, SEO and analytics, and just generally there to have each others back. Some of us have met, some of us have yet to meet, but I still count them all as friends. Without these lovely folk, my blog wouldn’t be half the thing it is today.
On hearing the news of Izzie’s passing, we decided we’d like to all recreate a recipe, inspired by one of her many delicious treats, and pay tribute to her in some small way. No recipe is going to bring this magical lady back, but I like to think Izzie is kicking back, up in the sky somewhere, with a stash of chocolate almond butter cookies in hand, having a read through all of these posts dedicated to her, with a smile on her face. So here’s to you, Miss Coriander Queen, I hope you’re cooking up a storm up there. We miss you.
This recipe comes together quickly, and takes roughly 10 minutes to bake. Whip up a batch, grab yourself a flask of tea and go on an adventure. Grab life by the cookies folks. X
Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies
A cookie to pay tribute to one amazing lady.
- 3 tbs almond butter
- 1/4 cup / 60ml coconut blossom / brown rice syrup
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup spelt flour flour
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan rock salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup (small handful) cacao nibs
- ½ cup (small handful) dark chocolate minimum 85% cacao
Preheat oven to 175 C / Gas Mark 3.
Mix met ingredients in a bowl.
Fold in dry ingredients.
Stir in choc and cacao nibs.
Scoop a tablespoon of the dough and shape into balls, pressing down slightly and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 10–12 minutes.
These cookies are quite cakey in texture. Feel free to flatten them down more to have a thinner, crunchier cookie. I like mine soft.
Some of Izzie’s friends are running the Race for Life in Bath in July, if you’d like to make a donation to help fight cancer, you can do so here.
Below are all the memorial recipe links from our amazing blogging community. We miss you Izzie.
Easy 5 ingredient pesto tomato tart on Amuse Your Bouche (vegetarian)
Globe artichoke with balsamic dip on Natural Kitchen Adventures (vegan)
Cider, apple and sausage casserole on Farmersgirl Kitchen
Chocolate orange oat bars on Veggie Desserts (vegan)
Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies on Tin and Thyme (vegetarian)
Arancini (risotto balls) on Coffee & Vanilla (vegetarian)
Rich coffee cupcakes on BakingQueen74 (vegetarian)
Gingerbread cupcakes with orange buttercream on The Veg Space (vegan)
Marmalade and ginger loaf cake on The Crafty Larder (vegetarian)
Ginger and oat cookies on Kavey Eats (vegetarian)
Amatriciana pasta on Kitchen Sanctuary
Treacle tart on Patisserie Makes Perfect (vegetarian)
Crispy fried halloumi on Supper In The Suburbs (vegetarian)
Chocolate fridge cake on Jo’s Kitchen (vegetarian)
Eggless chocolate chip cookies on Simply Sensational Food (vegetarian)
Boozy decadent hot chocolate on Fab Food 4 All (vegetarian)
Easy no bake blackberry cheesecakes on Casa Costello (vegetarian)
Best coriander / cilantro recipes on Fuss Free Flavours (some vegetarian)
Easy gingerbread popcorn snack on Celery & Cupcakes (vegetarian)
Elderflower and vodka cocktail slush on The Hedgecombers (vegetarian)
Fruit flapjacks on The Petite Cook (vegan)
Roasted spiced pumpkin seeds on Hungry Healthy Happy (vegan)
Lemon drizzle loaf cake on Penne For Your Thoughts (vegetarian)
Chicken ramen on It’s Not Easy Being Greedy
Stuffed Nutella cookies on Munchies And Munchkins (vegetarian)
Easy Berry Compote on Eats Amazing (vegetarian)
Caipirinha on Lovely Appetite (vegetarian)
Garlic and Lime Coriander Prawns on Travels for Tatse (pesceaterian)
This post, and all the links featured above, are dedicated in loving memory to Isabella King. Who passed away in March 2017, aged just 29.