Magic Cookie Cake + Saturday Links

January 31, 2015

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Life is funny. We like to think we know what we want, until it is given to us, and then it turns into “normal” and we desire something new. Does this happen to you often too? Maybe some things are exempt. Such as an ice cream cone, a trip to Disney Land, or a good night’s rest. I’ve never experience one of those and had my desire for it depleted. However, I sit here in front of you now, after writing my last post about the mountains, craving the coast. Missing California and it’s humid air, colorful plants, and big blue ocean. It’s hard for me to digest the thought of us living five minutes from the beach in sunny southern California just a little over three months ago. Now here I am in the place I was longing to be, at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I really do like parts about being here, the job opportunities this move has given us, and think that Colorado has some beautiful places. I do not think that we are in the best area for our happiness to thrive, not being “downtown” or “city” people, but that we could get there in time. Possibly. There is a long list of qualms I have with California that drove me away, but of course being here I can only think of the parts I truly loved. Such would be the circumstance if I were still living on that southern coast, dreaming of cold and the mountains. I now understand better the lack of perfection any physical place will possess. I’m not sure what to do with that knowledge now, though. But somehow life turns out better than I could have planned no matter where we go, so I’m going to keep going along for the ride with my best friend at my hip. Life is such an adventure, and there is something amazing and beautiful to focus on with each new day. That never changes.

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Oh, and another thing that should have been added to the list of things that my desire for never lessens, magic cookie cake. Is it a cake? A cookie? A magic bar? I like to think it is the best of all three crammed into one disk of perfection. It’s my favorite dark chocolate chunk almond cookie, baked as a cake, and topped with toppings reminiscent of the super ooey gooey indulgent magic bar my mom used to make with that super-sweet-makes-your-teeth-fall-out-of-your-head Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk. Except this is not only vegan, it’s gluten free and made without processed sugar (minus the bit in the dark chocolate). I happily eat a slice of this with a cold glass of almond milk feeling zero guilt and all my teeth stay in tact. The flavor is incredible, you won’t miss the teeth rotting stuff. The coconut oil and almond flour give is a dense consistency with a perfect, buttery crumb. If I could I would top everything with coconut, macadamia nuts, and chocolate. So I did it here and hello MAGIC. Below is this easy recipe for you to whip up as well as some links I just found to be super fantastic this week. Hope you have a stellar weekend!

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Makes one 6-inch cookie cake. Serves 4 to 5.

1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup coconut oil melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups almond flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate

1/4 cup dried coconut ribbons
1/4 cup macadamia nuts chopped
a few squares of dark chocolate chopped

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a six inch cake pan with parchment paper, set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the liquid coconut oil, maple syrup, almond butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Mix together with a fork until they all come together. Then sprinkle on top the almond flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix well with the fork once more until it starts to form a dough. Add the chopped dark chocolate at this time and mix well. Transfer the dough to the lined cake pan and press in evenly with your fingers. Sprinkle the coconut ribbons, chopped macadamia nuts, and chopped dark chocolate on top of the cookie (in that order) slightly mounding in the center if you’d like (or you can do it evenly across, up to you!). Place the cookie cake in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove and let fully cool before removing from the cake pan. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature. Best if eaten within 3 to 4 days.


Love this quote.

Scott and I need more waffle hash browns in our lives (mostly Scott).

THIS might be a solution to my never-happy-in-the-same-place problems.

I could give a hoot about the super bowl – but might pay attention for like 2 minutes if these soft pretzels were witting in front of me.

I want to make this chocolate macadamia mousse and put it on evvvverything.

Really inspired by this magazine and their new cookbook collaboration!

Get lost in the best random fact feed ever.

-Happy weekend!


  • Reply sherri January 31, 2015 at 8:36 am

    OMG…this is looking for TOO good to be legal! I think I’d consume the whole thing…

    • Reply Faring Well January 31, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Haha thank you! It is seriously unreal. Best to bake it with a friend or I can see accidentally eating it all (which wouldn’t feel good… haha thats a lot of almonds!!)

  • Reply Amy | Sobremesa January 31, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Jessie! I can’t wait to try this and experience the magic; it looks SO tasty. I am in the midst of a possible move and job change myself, and I couldn’t agree more with what you said above. I keep asking myself, is it the right move? Will I be happy with the decision? But I think your quote sums it up perfectly…all this wondering means we’re making intelligent choices and growing from them, right? Oh and thanks for spreading the pretzel love :) I hope you’re having a great weekend! xx Amy

    • Reply Faring Well February 1, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Amy thank you so much! It is SO tasty, I hope you get to make it soon. And that’s exciting about the change/move, I hear you on wondering all those same things! We tend to move without jobs – so congrats on having one, and for possibly taking the leap. What would life be without wonder! That quote is pretty dead on isn’t it? And you’re so welcome for the pretzel love, thank you for creating those beauties! Hope you are having a great weekend too!! <3

  • Reply Jodi January 31, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Those forks! I love them! And can I get one on those adorable homes on wheels too please? I totally forgot about the magic of magic bars until this post, and now it’s all I can think about. This cake is coming out of my kitchen soon. I’ll keep you in the loop about my magic powers. Keep smiling lady xx

    • Reply Faring Well February 1, 2015 at 8:21 am

      Haha thanks about the forks! West Elm knows how to make em ;). And right?! Scott was like “can you really drive that thing around??” I like to think so. Good luck on those magic powers, prepare yourself!! :)

  • Reply Izzy February 1, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Gorgeous photographs Jessie!

  • Reply Kathryn February 1, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Your first line = YES! All the time. The grass always seems greener, even when we think we have what we want. I’m trying to focus more about what I have than what I’m missing, otherwise I feel like I’m just wasting my life away on what could be or has been rather than is. Also, we all need a little bit more magic in our lives. <3 this.

    • Reply Faring Well February 1, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Right?! It so does. And thank you, that is great advice. I’m trying to do the same as well. It’s crazy when you stop and look at all you have! Especially magic cookie cake ;) (okay there are way greater things but still, never hurts!)

  • Reply Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen February 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I just found your blog, and my goodness everything looks good!

    I can definitely relate to what you were saying in this post. I have a habit of building things up in my mind and then being disappointed. So I’m trying to learn how to go through life without any expectations or assumptions.

    • Reply Faring Well February 1, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you so much Chelsea! I really appreciate it :). And I hear you, its good to have hopes and dreams but not let them become idols and take our attention from the amazingness of the present moment!

  • Reply Maria G. February 1, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    This looks so good and it’s all-natural too! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply lisa February 2, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Jessie, your pictures are awesome. All of them, so lovely taken. All the best, Lisa

    • Reply Faring Well February 2, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Lisa you are the sweetest thank you!!!

  • Reply Lindsey February 2, 2015 at 6:18 am

    i can totally relate to what you wrote about living somewhere where you’re not exactly sure it’s the best thing for you, but has so many opportunities. my husband and i often talk about moving out of brooklyn to lead a quieter life in the ‘burbs or closer to the ocean. so many things to weigh, like careers and certain conveniences. but it is totally true, that if you have your best friend by your side all is well and bright! and you’re killing (in the best way) with this magical cake! making it asap! <3

    • Reply Faring Well February 2, 2015 at 11:25 am

      You really can relate! So many things to weight, especially job wise. I hope some clarity is brought to you and your man on what to do, or that you are able to just go for it and see what happens **fingers crossed** (that seems to be Scott and I’s approach – ha!). Isn’t it the best knowing that truth though, that as long as we have our best friend by our side we know its going to be okay. How oozing with awesomeness is that. So happy that you have that gift too. And ahhh thank you about the cake! That means a ton!! I hope you get to make it soon and really really love it <3

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens February 2, 2015 at 7:29 am

    This magic cookie cake sounds unreal. Kinda like… magic. Saying I’m excited to try this doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about magic cookie cakes! Hope you had a fantastic weekend, Jessie!

    • Reply Faring Well February 2, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Aw thank you Genevieve! I hope you had an awesome weekend too!! And that you get to make this cake soon, love your excitement!!

  • Reply Caitlin February 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    i know exactly how you feel. such yearning, but for what? i’m still searching, as well.

    • Reply Faring Well February 2, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      Its crazy how many of us feel this way. thankful for this online space to connect and grow with one another!

  • Reply Faith VanderMolen February 2, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I’m so glad I found your blog! I follow the same diet as you (plant-based, with the occasional raw honey) and have just scoured all of your recipes. You are such a talented photographer and I’m excited to follow along! This Magic Cookie Cake looks amazing!

    • Reply Faring Well February 2, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      That is so awesome Faith! Thank you so much! I’m excited for you to follow along too, really super appreciate it :)

  • Reply dishing up the dirt February 2, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    I was literally eating avocado toast with dukkah when I stumbled upon your lovely blog! How have I missed you before? And cheers to avocado toast and dukkah! Can’t wait to whip up some of your recipes. This cookie cake sounds amazing.

    • Reply Faring Well February 3, 2015 at 7:54 am

      That is awesome! Thanks so so much :) hope you get to make this lil cake soon, it is one of my new faves!

  • Reply Emily @ Life on Food February 5, 2015 at 4:30 am

    One gigantic cookie. This is packed full of all things wonderful. Maybe a special Valentine’s Day treat!?!?!

    • Reply Faring Well February 5, 2015 at 10:54 am

      DO IT! Valentines Day treat, every day treat, whatever you call it be sure to make and enjoy it ;)

  • Reply June Burns February 5, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Now that is my kind of cookie! Looks amazing :)

  • Reply Becca February 8, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I’m hoping for a snow day right now so I can make this amazing looking recipe!! Also, where did you find your silverware? (or should I say gold-ware..) It’s so lovely!

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Aw thanks Becca!! And West Elm :)

  • Reply Marianne March 2, 2015 at 3:41 am

    I tried this recipe some time ago, but unfortuately I failed. It wouldn’t rise and all I was left with was a big flat cookie.. All I did differently was to replace the almond flour with “ground almonds” and the almond butter with peanut butter. What do you think I did wrong??

    • Reply Faring Well March 2, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Oh no! So sad. I’m sorry. Since I’ve had several people write me who have made this and had it turn out perfect it makes me think maybe something was wrong with your ingredients.. Was is almond flour (finely ground blanched almonds) or almond meal (ground almonds with the skins still on, a little coarser)? I can see almond meal making it too dense and keeping it from rising. However, the batter should be pretty thick and you should have to press it down into the dish. I’m interested to know what the dough’s consistency was for you (maybe a measurement was off? or a step was done out of order?)

  • Reply Anna-Lynn September 16, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I can’t tolerate almonds but have found that I can sub GF oat flour in some recipes for almond flour/meal. Do you think that would work with this recipe?

    • Reply Faring Well September 17, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Its worth a try but I cannot say that I’ve tried any other flours with this recipe so I can’t say for certain – if you do give it a try though I would love to hear how it goes! <3

    • Reply Shivani February 1, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Hiya, did you have any success with the oat flour? I’m thinking of doing the same.

  • Reply DEBRA September 16, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Hello, the photo of the dark chocolate squares in the bowl looks like there is nuts included in the squares. They actually look like Dove chocolate bar pieces I had once seen. Anyway, I don’t know a thing about dark chocolate (cooking type or candy bar type). Would you give me a lead/brand name to buy. Would like to make it this weekend for a family gathering. Thank you!

    • Reply Faring Well September 17, 2015 at 8:12 am

      Hi Debra! The chocolate used here is my favorite dark chocolate bar you see broken into squares and then chopped into pieces. It’s the 55% dark chocolate bar by Chocolove – one of my favorite brands! Hope you get to make and enjoy this treat this weekend, its one of my faves! <3

  • Reply Boone October 20, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    I attempted this cake the other day. Alas it was the most desiccant thing I have ever consumed. The only thing I omitted was the vanilla which shouldn’t have made any difference in terms of moisture. What did I do wrong?! I sadly threw out the whole thing. I really want to try this cake, but it is expensive to make. Am I to add eggs, more oil or almond butter, what? Please help me.

    • Reply Faring Well October 21, 2015 at 7:07 am

      Oh no! I, and several of my readers and family members, have made this recipe on repeat – and it always turns out perfect! I would think maybe one of your measuring devices was off possibly? I’m so sorry, the measurements here really should leave you with the perfect cake. I wouldn’t add any more liquid or oil of any kind, but maybe give it a new try with different measuring tools? I’m very sorry you had to throw it out, that makes my cookie cake loving heart so sad! Hope it turns out better another time in the future <3

  • Reply Boone October 21, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    How is the batter suppose to resemble and feel prior to placing it in the pan to bake? Is it suppose to crumble slightly, greatly; resemble/feel wet sand or like a pie dough; look like a brownie batter; et cetera? Mine was very crumbly as the texture of sand, as if there wasn’t enough liquid. I pressed it into the pan and baked it, careful to watch it and see if there would be any changes. It never rose as suspected. Any other tips? I shall examine my measuring equipment. :D

    • Reply Faring Well October 28, 2015 at 8:52 am

      It is suppose to be thick but sticky – I would probably recommend adding all the ingredients to the bowl minus the almond flour, and then mixing the flour in a 1/4 cup at a time until it resembles the right consistency! This might help get it to turn out for you, again so sorry you had a rough time!

  • Reply Boone October 24, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Addendum: Was your almond butter oily? My almond butter had only one ingredient: almonds. There was no added oils, sugars, et cetera. Could that have been a factor?

    • Reply Faring Well October 28, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Hey! Yes, mine was like yours, just almonds! I responded with a suggestion above that I think will help! Hope you can enjoy it again soon.

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