These Cookies will Change Your Life

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A while back, I spent a few months living back in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. While there, I had a lot of free time, so I really tried to amp up my baking game.  Unfortunately, this resulted in little more than a few failed attempts to make dinner for my poor mother.

However, one thing I made ended up going really really well, and it was these Dark Chocolate Flourless cookies from picklee.com.  Best thing about these cookies? They’re only about 70 calories each! And so rich you don’t really need more than one. Unless you’re me and easily eat 10 at a time.  Self-restraint? …No thank you.

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (about 9 ounces)
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  •  2 cups powdered sugar, divided (plus 1/2 cup for cookie coating)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 large  baking sheets with nonstick spray. Set aside.
Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in glass bowl in microwave, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Set aside and let cool slightly.
Using electric mixer, beat whites in large bowl to soft peaks. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar. Continue beating until mixture resembles soft marshmallow cream.
Whisk 1 cup sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Then, on a low speed, add these dry ingredients into the marshmallow cream mixture.
Next, add remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips to lukewarm chocolate mixture (dough will become very stiff).
Add chocolate mixture to cream mixture and blend well.
Place remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar in bowl. Roll 1 rounded tablespoon dough into ball; roll in sugar, coating thickly. Place on prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 2 inches apart.
Bake until puffed and tops crack, about 10 minutes. Cool on sheets on rack 10 minutes.
Transfer to rack, cool.
Enjoy!
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