Nutty Double Chocolate Cookies

These cookies happened because I have no self control around trail mix. You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. I don’t know how that bag of trail mix started disappearing so quickly. I swear it was just a handful here and a handful there. Trader Joe’s, you sure know how to make an addictively simple mix of almonds, cashews, and chocolate.

I knew something had to be done.

Trader Joe's Trail Mix

And then a friend called, because she was having a very bad day. And very bad days should be met with chocolate. That’s just a fact of life. And with that, these double chocolate cookies were born.

I had made a similar recipe back in my vegan days, without the trail mix, and using a flax egg. So if you do want to veganize these, you can. Just use a flax egg. I swear, it works. If you don’t know what a flax egg is, let me know, and I’ll do a whole post on it.

But let’s get back to these chocolate cookies.

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Nutty Double Chocolate Cookies
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Serves: 12
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt (plus sea salt for sprinkling)
  • 1 cup Trader Joe's almond/cashew/chocolate
  • OR
  • ⅓ cup almonds, ⅓ cup cashews, ⅓ cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate large bowl cream together oil, egg and sugar.
  4. Add the almond milk and vanilla, mix well.
  5. Fold in the dry ingredients in batches. When it starts to get too stiff to mix with a spatula, use your hands until a nice stiff dough forms.
  6. Add the chocolate chips and nuts and mix with your hands again.
  7. This will feel sort of like a cross between cookie dough and brownie batter.
  8. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and sprinkle with sea salt, if you're feeling fancy. You don't have to, but it does bring out the sweetness of the chocolate.
  9. Place on a greased cookie sheet about an inch apart. (Spray it with olive oil or non stick spray!! Otherwise they will stick!)
  10. Bake for 9 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes, then set them on a wire rack to cool completely.

These are pretty simple to make, as long as you grease your pan. I learned that one the hard way on the first batch. Learn from my mistakes, friends.

Then box them up and give them to your friends, so you don’t run the risk of eating the whole tray. That’s what I did.

And with that, I’m packing my bags and heading back to Ohio to see some friends and family. Stay tuned for some travel snacks, because I’ve packed some good ones!

Are you a trail mix addict?


  1. Trader Joes sells the best trail mix! My favorite is the raw trek mix. 🙂

  2. These sound insanely good!

  3. You and Vishnu would be best friends. I bought a huge bag of trail mix from Costco, showed him what a serving size looks like, and told him that this bag should last us a good 2 months. I think I bought it a month ago and 3/4 of it is already gone. 🙂

  4. I LOVE that trail mix from TJs! It’s soo good!

  5. I’m the same way with nut butter that you are with trail mix. In fact, I have to buy peanut flour (which isn’t as easy to just dip your finger in every 30 seconds) since it takes more preparation and you have to actually MAKE it into peanut butter. These cookies look yummy! Nothing better than the combination of dark chocolate & sea salt. Seriously. xo.

    • Hahaha ok if we’re being honest, I’m that way about nut butter, too 😉 And I love peanut flour!! I have to get PB2 because Trader Joe’s stopped selling it though!

  6. Flax egg? Please tell me more. Would this be a good substitute for someone allergic to eggs?

  7. These look so delicious! And I’m totally with you on TJ’s trail mix. You really can’t go wrong with that place.

  8. What are your plans for your weekend in Ohio? 🙂 Anything exciting or are you just visiting? Also, I love trail mix 🙂 It is a go-to snack for a day outside or a road trip!

  9. These sound SO good!! I have never heard of that trail mix from TJ’s, but you can bet that I am now going to be on the lookout for it! 😉

  10. These sound really yummy! I’m curious about the flax egg, I’ve heard of it before, but haven’t really looked into it….Ps. just found your blog recently and I love it!!

  11. YUM! If you top anything with sea salt, I am sure to like it, but if you put some salty trail mix in there too?!? Home Run my friend!

  12. Yum! These would be a perfect remedy for a bad day.

  13. I loooove trail mix! These cookies sound great and yes, can you please do a post on a flax egg because I don’t know what that is, but what Im imagining is not pretty.

  14. Oh my gosh – YUM!! Must try ASAP.

  15. Oh, I don’t think you’re kidding, because I KNOW. I CANNOT be left alone with trail mix, I can and will eat a giant bulk bag over the course of a few hours without thought.

  16. OH MY GOSH, I own all these ingredients! Even down to the TJ’s! Making them tonight for sure! Thanks, girl!

  17. What a great idea to use trail mix in cookies! I too have no self control around trail mix. So much so that I can’t purchase the premade kind. I make some at home with raw nuts and unsweetened cranberries, cherries and figs. That Trader Joes mix looks dangerous!

  18. I am SUCH a trail mix addict and those cookies look like they’d be crack to me. YUUUUM

  19. omg Im so addicted to trail mix. I could literally eat nothing but trail mix all day. i think maybe thats why I like road trips so much?! Because I get to just sit there and scream out country music while shoving fistfuls of trail mix in my mouth. Yep, pretty sure thats why!

  20. I cant keep the stuff in the house! There is an incredible one from Costco filled with fruit that I am addicted too. it has caused me to make trail mix cookies on a few occasions : )

  21. Trail mix addict, granola addict, cereal KILLER! Just when I think I’ve got my addictions and afflictions under control, I find myself standing in the pantry shoveling handfuls of crunchy goodness into my mouth! Lol I’ve seen that mix at TJ’s before, but I forbid myself to buy it. I also forbid myself from buying Puffins…but there was kinda maybe sort of a little sale on them at the store last week…oops? 😉

  22. Trail mix is one of those things that can quickly disappear…Whole Foods has a really tasty one that has almonds, dried cherries, pistachios…
    I limit trail mix as something for travel–it really is the perfect snack when on the road, stuck in airports, etc.

  23. Holy moley these look great!! I have always wanted to try making my own trail mix but haven’t been able to do it yet.

  24. i think i need to go and make some cookies 🙂

  25. Yum!! These really do look incredible.

  26. What the chocolate Liz? This sounds so FOOD-GASMIC 😉

  27. I seriously want to live with you…your food always looks insanely delicious!

  28. These look soooo YUMMY! There is help for your trail mix addiction…but I think this is one addiction you keep. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  29. I love how similar we can be. I often invent my sweet treat recipes because I have something I can’t stop eating, and I figure it is probably better to let others in on the joy of that (and keep myself away from it). I was having some issues with Bob’s Red Mill Apple Blueberry Granola, and thus, Yo-nola Bites were born. Or puppy chow made with Biscoff. Or brownies made with Reese’s chips…

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