Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Chocolate Flourless Cookies

I follow this wonderful cooking blog but as wonderful as her dishes look, I have never made one.  I think that they "feel" too complicated for me.  I have an intimidation factor when it comes to baking that there are certain things that I have decided are too hard.  I don't know where I got this imaginary line in the flour (so to speak) but I am going to blame it on my mom.  I did most of my baking in middle school home ec and with my mom.  These weren't incredibly complicated recipes but my mom liked to use the old reliable ones over and over (kind of like I am).

I am afraid of meringue.  I made it once in middle school for a Baked Alaska (ice cream pie with meringue top) but I was totally stressed about it.  I decided when I saw this recipe that I better get over it!!! I pulled out all the ingredients.

First, I chopped the dark chocolate bars to make sure that I had enough before I started.  It took two 3 oz bars to make a cup so make sure you count enough.  In case you see the chocolate chips off to the left, those were my bribe for my son because he wanted to eat the other chocolate :)  Not a great recipe if you get getting help from a little one because he wanted to taste everything. 

I put all of the chocolate pieces in a glass measuring cup.  I put it in microwave for 30 seconds.  Then stirred it around.  I put it in for another 30 seconds (this was while I was doing all the other steps so it sat in the microwave for a little bit).  Out came this yummy liquid chocolate goodness!

I separated the egg white and yolk.  I would have taken a picture but my hands were full!!  I don't know how you separate eggs but I learned to do it in the egg shell so I moved it back and forth and got all of the white that I could.  I added it and the sugar to the mixing bowl with the wire whisk.

I didn't think that it had stiff peaks but I mixed and mixed and mixed so I figured that it was okay.  I added the cocoa powder and corn starch and mixed a little more.  It looked a little like frosting.

Then I folded in the liquid chocolate mixture which had cooled a little bit but was still liquid. Then it looked like some kind of crazy mess.

Then I put it by spoonful into the powdered sugar.  Please note that this will be really sticky so be prepared.  If you roll it in the the sugar or throw a little on top, it will make it a little easier to handle.  The sugar really helps to make them not sticky.

They are really cute when they are all rolled in powdered sugar.  Aren't they??

I put them on the cookie sheets. Spread apart because I wasn't sure how they were going to stretch out.

They don't really move at all so feel free to put a few more on the cookie sheet.  Once they come out, they look a lot the same except there are some cracks in the surface.

I couldn't help but try one when it hot and gooey.  Check out this gooey fluffy center!!!  The outside was a little crispy and the inside was heaven! 

I made small cookies and larger cookies because I didn't know exactly how they would cook so I wanted to try them all.  They both taste the same so I would probably get the most cookies out and make smaller cookies next so that there were more cookies to eat.  I also think that they might be good rolled in coconut.  So many ideas!!  This recipe isn't the most frugal with the two chocolate bars.  The brand that I bought were normally $5 each but I got them on sale and with a super double coupon for $1.50.  I know that I wouldn't have spent over $10 on cookies but for just over $3, they were worth the try!  If you get a good deal on chocolate, pull out this recipe and make them!!

I highly recommend the recipe and I hope that you try it soon!!!  Check it out below and check out the original website to check her yummy picture!

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

1 cup of chopped bittersweet or dark chocolate
2 egg whites
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
1 tbsp corn starch
Dash of salt

powdered sugar for rolling (optional)

Whisk the egg white and sugar until you have a stiff meringue (I used my kitchen aid mixer whisk attachment). Combine cocoa powder and cornstarch.  Mix this into the meringue. 
Melt the chocolate in a glass container in 30 second increments, stirring in between (or melt in double boiler).  Gently fold in the melted chocolate into meringue mixture.

Form into small balls (Beware they are sticky).  Roll in the powdered sugar.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes or until start to crack on the outside.  Let cool and eat... if you are patient enough :)

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