Monday, February 23, 2015

Chewy Chocolate Meringue Cookies


I know I shouldn't be baking again (after making this pizzelle recipe two days ago) but it's such a comforting thing to do when the snow is falling and you feel like warming the kitchen (and your stomach). Bathing suit season is still a few months away and these cookies are so rich tasting, one or two are enough to satisfy a sugar craving. Besides, I had lots of egg whites reserved in the freezer looking for a new home and I shared some of the cookies with a neighbor and other friends. So take that you extra calories! I hereby declare that making these was an altruistic deed. (That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.)
The recipe is from Cathy's blog, "Wives With Knives" and it's a keeper - easy to make, delicious and a crowd pleaser for any chocolate lover.
The batter contains no flour whatsoever, so they're also perfect for those who are gluten intolerant. It's an extremely thick and sticky batter as you can see from the spoon standing straight up in the bowl. 
 Use a couple of teaspoons to drop a bit onto a baking sheet. Leave some space between each of the "drops."
Don't try to remove them from a hot baking sheet or they'll stick. Have another baking sheet ready to go into the oven when the first one comes out. Then wait a few minutes until the first ones are cooled a bit and they're much easier to remove.
 Now pour yourself a glass of milk (or a bowl of vanilla ice cream) and sit back and enjoy these chewy, intensely chocolate-y cookies. And don't worry about trying on that bathing suit just yet. You've still got a couple of months to shed those extra pounds.

Chewy Chocolate Meringue Cookies
Ingredients
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup plus 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • optional ingredients: dried cranberries, dried cherries, toffee bits, or walnuts


Instructions

  1. Position 2 racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or use a Silpat silicone mat.
  2. Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in a bowl. Stir in chocolate chips. Add egg whites and vanilla; mix with a fork or electric mixer on medium until batter is just moistened. (Do not overbeat or batter will stiffen.)
  3. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets in evenly spaced mounds. Bake cookies until tops are lightly cracked and glossy, about 15 minutes. Cool briefly, then carefully remove from parchment paper with a spatula. Cookies may be soft and fragile so proceed carefully to lift cookies and place them on racks to cool. The cookies were difficult to remove from the cookie sheet right out of the oven, so let them cool and they'll be easier to remove. Repeat with remaining batter. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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12 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They look incredibly tempting!

Cheers,

Rosa

Kate said...

I can attest to how delicious these cookies are! Yum!

Stacey Snacks said...

I've been waiting for this recipe!
Thank you!

Marisa Franca @ Allourway said...

I am posting this on my healthy board -- egg whites - good for you; chocolate - good for you; I can't go wrong. Thank you for the recipe.

Lisa in Indy said...

Would using parchment paper ease with removing the cookies? They sound yummy! Thank you.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Lisa - no they are still hard to remove using parchment paper - until they cool down.

Proud Italian Cook said...

I'm adding walnuts, heaven help me!

Chiara Giglio said...

che golosità Linda, appena finisco la dieta li faccio !

AdriBarr said...

Well done! There is always a good reason to bake - to wit - all those egg whites taking up all that freezer space. I bet these are delicious. Wives with Knives, besides having about the best blog name around, has great terrific recipes.

sississima said...

un'infinita golosità!! Un abbraccio SILVIA

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Yummy! I'll be making these for my grandsons and daughter-in-law who all eat gluten free!

Claudia said...

Snow expected tomorrow. I have all the ingredients and think I will need chocolate. These are beauties.