milk chocolate almond cookies (2)

Motivation. Sometimes I find it difficult to get motivated, especially in the summer. There are so many distractions from work – the sea air, crystal blue water, food and farm festivals, after-dinner walks, and of course, baking.
I rarely need motivation to bake. I often wish I did because I frequently bake too many desserts. Seriously, how many desserts can two people eat? I’ve taken to having my husband bring the sweet goodies into work because our freezer is over-flowing with cookies and cakes.
These cookies, however, aren’t going anywhere.
milk chocolate cookies
ocean
The other night I was craving milk chocolate. Since we had an 11 lb. bar of Callebaut just sitting there, I decided to play around with ingredients and conjured up this recipe. The interplay of almonds and milk chocolate fantastic. Not only are they delicious, they’re quick to make, freeze well and are great to pack for your next outdoor summer adventure.

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So, let me ask you: is distraction from work a bad thing in the summer? What do you do to get yourself motivated to tackle the challenges of the day? I’d love to know.

While you’re thinking about it, whip up a batch of these Milk Chocolate Almond Cookies. Who knows, you may find the act of baking something fresh, real and homemade…motivating.Milk Chocolate Almond Cookies

227 g butter
156 g sugar
110 g brown sugar
2 large eggs
300 g flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp almond extract
107 g slivered almonds, lightly toasted and cooled
155 g good quality milk chocolate, chopped into chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Sift dry ingredients and set aside.
Mix the butter with the sugars until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and almond extract.
Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until just blended.
Stir in the chocolate chips and the almonds. Bake at 375 for 11 minutes.
Bon appetit!
 
 
 

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52 Comments
  1. Oh, El. As wonderful as my summer in Berlin has been, the one thing I’ve been missing over here is a seriously fabulous cookie. These look perfect, and you know how I feel about almonds. As for motivation, I’m a fan of the old carrot-and-stick approach. I promise myself all kinds of rewards for tasks completed: a photo walk with a special film I’ve been saving, an extra long phone call with my best friend, or, yes, some time in the kitchen!

  2. The ocean water looks gorgeous and refreshing. I think summer distractions are okay. For those of us who live in cold climates we need to take advantage of the beach, the heat, the sunshine and the swimming, ice cream eating and staying out in the evening that comes with it. Then again, there are always summer projects that should get done. Find a balance and enjoy it all!

  3. I just stumbled across your blog and it’s so beautiful! I can’t wait to explore your gorgeous photographs and recipes!!! Yummy cookies!!

  4. It’s funny, today I just posted chocolate chip cookies. And now, everywhere are popping up posts and recipes of chocolate cookies!
    Now I’m getting hungry over cookies again. Have to steel me into the kitchen and eat one 😉
    Lovely photos!

  5. Thanks for the comments everyone. Keep ’em coming- they make my day!

    Confessions – I buy the bars in Montreal whenever we visit. You can also buy them at worldwidechocolate.com. Hope it helps!

  6. These look fabulous, El! Great post…and the site looks great. I really love baking with Callebaut and have to say, milk chocolate doesn’t get its day in the sun nearly enough.

    And motivation…to be honest, this summer I have the opposite problem. Too busy and not allowing myself to rest! I’d say to find the time you work best (morning, evening etc.) and then just let yourself slouch a bit during the off-time…so I’m a morning person and know that come 2 p.m. not a lot gets done. Then I don’t beat myself up over that 🙂

  7. You’ve made these delicious cookies look like a part of summer. Bring it on, distractions are what makes life so interesting. No set rule as to how to handle them because each distraction is unique.
    Mimi

  8. Somehow I missed this post!!! I need to have a chat with my feedburner about it!! GAH!

    in the meantime, just want to say, how yumm that looks and I am not even a cookie person much! 🙂

  9. These cookies sound so good and of course I have an 11 lb. slab of excellent chocolate laying about! I’m a bit distracted these days as well, but baking isn’t my diversion unfortunately. Wish I had a plate of these lovelies all to myself. Love your soothing summertime photos.

  10. I love the idea of almonds with milk chocolate. I’d gladly take any of your treats, any day. At the same time, I understand the struggle to give away treats because I just quit my job and my husband works in a tiny office.

  11. MMMMMMM,..Your cookies made with Belgian callebaut milk chocolate look the best!!

    I so much love these special cookies!

    kisses from Brussels to you!

  12. Baking distracts me ALL THE TIME! All the books around the place, all the recipes in my head, all the ideas of things I want to bake. I know what you mean about getting motivated. Not necessary with baking, but other things … well, I just list out what I need to do, and then I can get it done! LOL.

    I will have to give these cookies a go. I do love a simple cookie.

  13. I completely understand about getting motivated. Maybe baking isn’t a distraction if it’s something you love to do. You’re obviously good at it because those cookies are motivating me to eat!!! (and bake too:)

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  15. I wanna grab that milk chocolate piece from my screen. And some cookies too 🙂 Great recipe El. I have to try that chocolate, it’s the first I’ve heard of it.
    P.S. love the small changes you’ve made to the design of your blog.
    Magda

  16. Actually, these would be the perfect thing for me to take IN to work! My lab started up a little ‘cookie fund’ to basically pay me to bake them cookies and these definitely sound like ones they would like.

    And, um, can you please share that 11lb. bar of chocolate? 🙂

  17. Wow! This is a fantastic blog post. Warm, soothing, the gorgeous turquoise of the water… and these fabulous cookies. Yes, thank you, I think I will. And I have been feeling so summer lazy too…

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