Monday, March 25, 2013

Deep Dark Chocolate "Flourless" Cookies ..and Homemade Powdered Sugar ... ~N~ the Kitchen with Sweet Magnolias Farm

~ N ~ the Kitchen with Sweet Magnolias Farm
Well this week's, ~N~ the Kitchen, I must admit was a last minute thing .. as we've been rather busy here at the farmhouse this week, between work and everyday errands time just got away from us...
Well, I was having a chocolate craving, as I often do, and mentioned to Abbey that I sure could use something rich and chocolatety and  Abbey surprised me with these fabulous and most Divine Chocolate Cookies .. and if you are a serious chocolate lover like I am ..then you are going to absolutely melt in your shoes like I did.
I'm a self admitted chocolate lover .. When it comes to dessert I will always opt for something dark and chocolatey over anything else.
 So I have to say I was a bit skeptical when Abbey told me these were deep dark chocolate cookies and had gone on record by another blogger as divine... Chocolate desserts, whether bought or home baked don't always live up to the photos or recipes.  So many times I am very disappointed .... well not this time.  These were decadently chocolate from the first bite and I knew that minute  that these were truly divine and So Chocolatey Rich and Gooey delish!.... 
I became hooked at the first bite if you will .. LOL !
And these are "Flourless" .. gotta Love that ..
So for all you Chocolate Lovers out there .. this one's for you girls !
Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (about 9 ounces), divided
3 large egg whites, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar, divided
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
Should Make: Approx. 18 cookies
Prepare large cookie sheets with non stick spray or lightly grease. 
Preheat oven to 350°F.  Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in glass bowl in microwave, stirring twice, about 2 minutes.  Let Cool slightly.

 While your Chocolate is Melting in the Microwave this a great time to multi-task ( or do it before hand) mix all your dry ingredients together - Powdered Sugar  ( Be sure to only add 1 cup of the Powdered Sugar) into your dry ingredients mix. The other half will be used later.) Cocoa Powder, Corn Starch and Salt

 We used .. Hershey's Special Dark  A blend of Natural and Dutched Cocoas for our cocoa powder. We also used as always our Ghiradelli Semi-Sweet Choc. Chips instead of bittersweet since it's what we had on hand.

Now Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in large bowl to soft peaks.

Gradually beat in that 1 additional  cup of sugar we kept separate from the dry ingredients mix.  Continue beating until mixture resembles soft marshmallow crème.

 Next ... beat in the Dry Ingredients Mix...

 Stir in the Lukewarm Melted Chocolate and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips... And your Batter is ready...

 Next you will want to fill a small bowl with about 1/2 a cup of powered sugar. Then Roll your dough into rounded tablespoons and then roll in the powdered sugar until well coated
TIP: we ran out of Powdered Sugar and what do you know.. you can make your own. Simply add 1 cup of granulate sugar to your blender. Blend ( Pulse) until it turns to powder. Add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch per 1 cup of sugar.  We first turned the sugar to powder then added the cornstarch and pulsed a few times to mix. The homemade P.S. actually came out better than our store bought it sticks better .(The sugar crystals can scratch plastic, so consider carefully before making in a plastic blender or processor.) we used our plastic cup on our blender and didn't have this problem at all. ? But I saw others who warned of it so I just wanted to share in case.

The Place each cookie onto a prepared baking sheet approx. 2 inches apart .. just enough room to let them spread out while baking..

 Bake them approx. 10 minutes until they are puffed and cracked .. 
And here they are piping hot right out of the oven ....

This week we decided it was time to pair these with some of that Dulce de Leche Ice Cream I've been talking about in previous recipes .. so we hopped on down to the market ..O.k. we didn't hop .. but you know what I'm saying... and grabbed a pint...

These Cookies are seriously Gooey and Oh my Goodness Yummy !!!

So Here's to Chocolate .. and how it Makes a Girl just happy from the top of her head to the tips of her toes ... It can really turn a frown upside down in this old farmhouse...
I know some of you may not be chocolate lovers so be sure if you haven't already, to checkout our Lemon Whoopie Pies recipe HERE.
Thanks to Divine Baking for sharing this recipe

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