I have a sketchy history with Halloween and costumes.
I remember one year in college my friend and I went to a Halloween party dressed as identical doctors…not even sexy nurses, just plain old scrubs-clad doctors with sneakers on our feet and our hair up in ponytails. It was basically our way of dressing up without really having to dress up, lol. (We were such party poopers, I know! But we did still enjoy the party.)
I’m still embarrassed by the last time I went trick-or-treating. I was in ninth grade (oh the shame! Yes, ninth grade, which is about three years too old for what I consider the last acceptable age to go trick-or-treating), and my best friend and her mother (who let’s face it, was a few fries short of a Happy Meal for encouraging her high school-aged daughter to go trick-or-treating!) convinced me that superhero costumes would be great and we should take pillowcases to collect candy in because we’d get so much. I was so embarrassed I remember wanting to put that stupid pillowcase over my head.
And I’ve seen a picture of me when I was about three or four, dressed in a pink princess dress with a very tall pointy pink hat that had a trail of fabric coming out of its pointed top. My mom insists that it was a princess hat, but to me it bears a very strong resemblance to a dunce cap. (Geez, right? I know it was the ‘80s, but come on, mom. It’s a good thing I was too young to really understand how ridiculous I looked, lol.)
So although I’m not exactly sure when the last time I dressed up for Halloween was, I am sure it was a really long time ago.
I still enjoy a Halloween party (just the kind where dressing up isn’t mandatory), passing out sweets to (appropriately aged) trick-or-treaters, and watching scary flicks. All the while eating something chocolately, of course, because what is Halloween if not a time for chocolate?
If I’m going to drown my sorrows from reminiscing about the ghosts of my Halloweens past, I might as well do it with chocolate. And bonus, these Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies are actually a pretty healthy way to get a chocolate fix.
Whip these cookies up and enjoy them no matter what your Halloween traditions are!
Happy Halloween, all!
- 4 oz (115 g) Chocoley Fair Trade Organic 65% Dark Chocolate
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons coconut sugar (or lightly packed light brown sugar)
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon powdered espresso dissolved in ½ teaspoon hot water
- ¾ cup (85 g) hazelnut meal
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅛ teaspoon fine salt
- Sea salt, for topping (I used fleur de sel)
- Preheat oven to 350F; line 1 large baking tray with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
- Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in a large bowl in the microwave or a double boiler.
- Stir in the coconut sugar and let the mixture cool slightly, then stir in the egg, vanilla extract, and dissolved espresso powder.
- Add the hazelnut meal, chia seeds, cocoa powder, baking powder, and ⅛ teaspoon salt and stir until smooth. Let the batter rest for 5 to 10 minutes (it will thicken).
- Use a 1 tablespoon-sized scoop to measure out the dough, leaving about ½ inch to 1 inch of space between each cookie. Top each cookie with a sprinkle of sea salt.
- Bake until the cookies are set along the outside but still a bit chewy in the center, about 6 to 8 minutes.
- Let the cookies cool completely on the cookie sheet before removing.
Disclosure: I received the chocolate that I used in this recipe for free from Chocoley. I did not receive compensation for this post and I was under no obligation to review the product; as always, opinions stated are my own.