Almond Butter Buttons- Guest Post with Smith Bites

by cakeduchess on February 23, 2011 · 52 comments

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Complicated cookies or simple cookies…I will take them all! I can’t get enough of cookies! These Almond Butter Buttons are simply divine and they are made with FOUR easy ingredients!! Yes, just four!

I’m over the moon with excitement to introduce to you my next guest poster: Debra from Smith Bites! Deb and I go way back. Not really that way back.  It certainly does feel like a really long time; we sort of just clicked. I found her incredible blog last summer. I fell in love with her Blueberry Buckle and the rest is baking history. Deb’s blog is gorgeous. Truly beautiful. She can make any thing and makes it look simple and delicious. Her photos are incredible. Sometimes her darling husband, The Professor, does a sweet guest post;  like his most recent gelato post.

Deb and I both drool over any thing Italian. She gets excited when I chat in Italian on Twitter. That makes me happy. What really makes me happy is that she worked on this post on the weekend of her birthday. A true friend that I’ve been blessed to have found through our mutual love of food.  
Deb claims to not be a baker. I am here to disprove that with some excellent baking examples of Deb’s. For example, her Cracked Pepper, Dried Cherry, and Chocolate Chunk Biscotti. Doesn’t that sound AMAZING? Or how about her Coconut Macaroons with Nutella? But here is where it all started, her Blueberry Buckle! My daughter wanted me to make one every day last summer after the first time I made it. It is a FABULOUS recipe!
If you don’t already know my gorgeous friend Deb and her equally gorgeous blog, you have to go and take a peak at Smith Bites. Thank you, Deb, for this delicious cookie recipe. Abby Dodge will sure be proud of what you did with her recipe Deb.SmileI’ve also gotten to know Abby Dodge a little through Twitter. She is a sweetheart and wrote the fantastic book: Desserts 4 Today. Super recipes all made with FOUR ingredients! There really is no excuse not to bake when you have her creative book.
Deb and I always say we will meet in person one day. Hopefully, there will be lots of these cookies and some good Italian espresso. I’m happy to introduce you to Deb and her Almond Butter Buttons:
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I am thrilled to be guest-posting here at Cake Duchess today; Lora and I have become great friends via twitter but I feel as if I’ve known her my whole life! I’ve been a fan of her blog for a while now – she found me first when she made one of The Professor’s favorite desserts and we’ve been fast friends since.  Turns out her husband’s family and my mother’s family are both from the Calabria region of Italy – how cool is that?!
I must confess that when Lora asked me to guest post I said yes immediately . . . and then I had a moment of clarity when I realized that she is an accomplished baker (I mean seriously, you’ve seen her desserts, right???) and I am soooo not a baker. I can follow a recipe, yes. But following a recipe and working with fondant, buttercream frostings, filled cupcakes or mastering the art of piping tips and bags is another thing entirely; and don’t even get me started on cutout cookies with the piping, flooding and coloring – Oy! Baking takes patience, following a recipe precisely . . . and that, my friends, is where we part company. I’m one of those cooks who adds a pinch of this and a dash of that, eyeballing measurements rather than exact amounts . . . but Desserts 4 Today by Abby Dodge, has turned me into a baker . . . I feel as if I can conquer anything . . . ok, so that’s me being a bit overzealous . . .
These Almond Butter Buttons started out as ‘Crunchy Peanut Butter Buttons’ and rank right up there at the top of The Professor’s favorite cookie list. I didn’t have any peanut butter in my pantry but I did have some almond butter; add sugar, soften butter, an egg and voila, a cookie is born (woo-hoo, look at me, I’m baking now – did you see that swap I made?!) Yep, no typo, there is no flour in this recipe and yet a tasty and delicious cookie is yours to be had in less than 30 minutes tops – even when you take the time to measure ingredients!

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ALMOND BUTTER BUTTONS
Slightly Adapted from Desserts 4 Today, Abby Dodge

INGREDIENTS:
¾ Cup Almond Butter
3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, room temperature
2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Large Egg
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METHOD:

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees; lines 2 cookies sheets with nonstick liners.
  2. Put the almond butter, butter and sugar in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until blended, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the egg. Beat on medium-low speed until just blended, about 1 minute.
  4. Drop the dough 1 tablespoonful at a time on the prepared cookie sheet about 1-1/2 inches apart. Bake until browned around the edges, 12 to 14 minutes. Set on a rack to cool completely. Serve immediately or cover and store at room temperature for up to 3 days. SMITH BITES NOTE: These will not last that long – especially if you have a Professor around who loves cookies!

ABBY’S SWITCH-INS: The original recipe calls for crunchy peanut butter and we switched-in the almond butter. In doing so, make sure you use the ‘pure’ almond butter without added sugar and/or other oils. You can also substitute creamy peanut butter.

Thank you, Deb, for your gorgeous guest post! I love your Almond Butter Buttons I’m imagining them smothered in Nutella or just simply dipped in my cappuccino.Winking smile

My darling friends…I will be back this weekend with another creation from the Duchess’ kitchen. I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things. Thank you for stopping by! Please say hi to Deb when you get a chance. Spend a little time at her blog; I’m sure you’ll find something delicious to try!!

{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

ravienomnoms February 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Oh man, those look mighty tasty!

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Wilde in the Kitchen February 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Such lovely looking cookies! I’m surprised with the fact that there is no flour! Great guest post!

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Katrina February 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Oh how I love a tasty cookie – and FOUR ingredients. Yes please! – Katrina

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foodwanderings February 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Stunning post and photography! Got my faves here, you Lora, Deb and Abby!! ALl your guest posts are so inspiring Lora!

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Savory Sweet Living February 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Gorgeous cookies! My husband loves butter cookies, will have to make these for him. Love that it only has four ingredients!

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Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow February 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm

They look amazing! I can’t believe they only have 4 ingredients! So easy and delicious!

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Lizzy February 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm

These cookies sound marvelous!!! So nice to meet you, Deb…now off to check out your blog :) Thanks, Lora, for the introduction~

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The Rowdy Chowgirl February 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I love how the blogosphere makes the world a little smaller and allows friendships to develop in spite of distance.

These cookies look simple enough that I MIGHT actually be able to pull them off…

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Sandra February 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Those cookies are picture perfect! Well done Lora on your guest..

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notyet100 February 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm

whts the substitute for almond butter,..?
cookies look delicious

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Roxan February 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm

These cookies look amazing… and I love almond butter! I have to make these too. I hope mine turn out as good – I wonder how she made them so perfectly shaped? My cookies never do.

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Lynn February 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm

These look delish! I am going to have to get some almond butter and make them! mmmm…

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sara @ CaffeIna February 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Simple cookies are my favorite and these buttons just look like the type of cookie that I could never get enough of!

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Dionne Baldwin February 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Hmmm…I’m very curious about these! I need to “experiment” and try these. Thank you for sharing these cookies with us!

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SMITH BITES February 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Lora ~ you are just a sweetie and i thank you so much for having me!!! xo

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Brian @ howtobaker February 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Boy am I a sucker for a good cookie and these look incredible! It’s amazing they only have 4 simple ingredients too.

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Elizabeth February 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm

These look delicious! They seem so delicate and crisp, I’m so curious what the texture is like with no flour. I have a huge Costco sized jar of almond butter in the fridge, I guess I’ll have to give these a try! Great guest post!

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A Thought For Food February 23, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I’m glad that Deb feels the same way about the healing power of cookies :-) What a great recipe!!! I’m going to have to try these out (both the original from Abby and the adapted version).

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Melody Fury // GourmetFury.com February 23, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Oh dear me I’m a sucker for all things almond. Cookie form? yes please! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

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Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen February 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I will most definitely be making these the second I’m home from work. I maaaay have to add some chocolate chips though :) Great guest post!!

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Sprinkled with Flour February 23, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Oh, these definitely sound like my kind of cookie! I love the texture and how buttery they look:)

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veggietestkitchen February 23, 2011 at 6:51 pm

wow, so there’s no flour? these look crazy good. i love thin cookies. thanks so much for sharing. cheers.

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Elizabeth Ann (Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box February 23, 2011 at 6:54 pm

These look amazing1 :-) thanks for sharing! :-)

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Barbara February 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Yum, Deb. Crispy and buttery!! And thanks for introducing me to your friend Lora…..

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Sandra February 23, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Wow no flour! These look amazing and would be so good with some hot chamomile tea. Great post.

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wenderly February 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm

How to have so many people I love all wrapped into one post!? And these cookies look spectacular!

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wenderly February 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm

P.S. Sorry, that should have been how *wonderful* to have so many people…

I got so excited that I couldn’t type correctly!

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Maria February 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Simple, but so divine!

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Happy When Not Hungry February 23, 2011 at 11:15 pm

These cookies look amazing! Great guest post Debra!

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Carolyn February 23, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Oh yum, great guest spot. Those cookies look so flat and crispy-chewy, my favourite kind of cookie!

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Kimberly (Unrivaledkitch) February 24, 2011 at 12:45 am

these look fantastic! I’ll have to keep them in mind for my baking in a hurry.

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Sara{OneTribeGourmet} February 24, 2011 at 12:49 am

Such lovely cookies! Great job Debra!

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Kate @ Diethood.com February 24, 2011 at 2:17 am

My goodness, these look perfect! I wish I could whip them up right now… I would if the little one wasn’t sleeping!
Great guest post!

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The Mom Chef February 24, 2011 at 2:57 am

Wow, thanks for introducing us to an incredible blogger. Those cookies look so very good. I would probably hyperventilate just smelling them as they cook. I love almond.

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Bridgett February 24, 2011 at 5:15 am

I wouldn’t be able to stop at just one. These look and sound divine. Nice to meet another blogger!

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Elin February 24, 2011 at 6:33 am

Lora…another great guest blogger. Thanks for the introduction.

Hi Debra, nice to meet you :)
These almond butter cookies looks great and with a cup of hot apple tea…hmmm yummyumm

Have a nice day Lora and Debra

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

Love the substitution of almond butter for peanut butter here Deb. That’s such a great idea, I’m going to have to try it with other nut butters as well. And Lora, I’m thinking Nutella is a prefect accompaniment to these as well!

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Raina February 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm

This cookie not only sounds delicous it looks great. I love the idea to use almond butter and that is has little ingredients. Thanks for sharing it:)

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Megan February 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I’ve yet to use almond butter but these cookies sound divine!

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A SPICY PERSPECTIVE February 24, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Brilliant, and no flour?!? I just recently made my peanut butter cookie recipe with almond butter just for kicks and giggles ans they were fantastic. This makes me so curious!

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Kudos Kitchen February 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm

What a neat and easy recipe. I must try this soon as I have almond butter in my fridge right now! Love it! This post was such fun to read. It’s so cool that you two became fast friends via twitter. Such a great post to read! Thanks for sharing.

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Feast on the Cheap February 24, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Oh yum. I love nutty cookies – my all-time faves are Chewy Salted Hazelnut Cookies, but it’s amazing that these buttons are totally sans flour.

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Sara @ Saucy Dipper February 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm

While I do like almond butter, peanut butter cookies are my weakness. Oh, the decisions. To substitute or not? And I agree, a cappuccino together with a cookie sounds awesome.

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Anonymous February 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I have never seen or heard of almond butter. Do all stores carry it and what section of the store would I find it?? Thanks so much. Kathy

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Amber | Bluebonnets and Brownies February 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm

These look absolutely divine! So crisp and crunch and perfect!

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels February 24, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I LOVE making cookies with almond butter and without flour! But you stole my heart when you added butter to yours. ;) look sooo good.

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whatsfordinneracrossstatelines February 24, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Love these Lora and Deb! I wouldn’t have any idea Deb wasn’t a baker, these look perfect. They look so crisp! I need these with my tea! Hope you both are having a wonderful week.
-Gina-

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marla February 25, 2011 at 12:54 am

These 4 ingredient cookies look awesome & I must get ahold of that book. Every recipe I have seen from it looks amazing! You gals a great pair – love the guest post.

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Monet February 25, 2011 at 4:45 am

Hi Lora…and Deb…two women that I just love :-) This is another great recipe from your guest bloggers, Lora! And I think the name is just adorable. I love buttons :-) Thanks for sharing, ladies.

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Magic of Spice February 25, 2011 at 5:58 am

Hi ladies…wow I love these cookies, they look so perfect and I sure amazingly delicious :)
Wishing you both a great weekend

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Cheryl and Adam February 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm

This is the four ingredient fix when the sweet-tooth is throbbing! They look delicious and the photos are stunning!

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Monica February 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Sometimes it’s the simplest ingredients that produce the greatest results. I was surprised not to see flour in these. A MUST TRY.

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