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The Annunciation and Flourless Chocolate Cookies

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Flourless Chocolate Cookies–sounds pretty decadent, doesn’t it? A sneaky way to eat a candy bar, right? You’ve probably had a slice of one of those flourless chocolate cakes that’s like the world’s biggest candy bar (and jammed full of fat) but defended your over the top indulgence by saying–“But it was just a slice of cake!” Yeah, right–and these are just a few cookies.

But guess what? These chocolate bombs are actually sort of skinny, and definitely not unhealthy. At less than 100 calories per cookie and hardly any fat, you can indulge to your heart’s content and your heart will be content (or at least not strained to breaking). So go ahead–dive into a little decadence, all the while knowing that you’re staying on the narrow path of good nutrition (we won’t tell anyone your secret).

And take a look at “The Annunciation.” This very short story is sort of like these cookies–around closing time at a local bar, it looks like Zach is headed down the path of decadence but actually finds a positive revelation in the midst of that debauchery. See what you think.

flourless chocolate cookies

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (about 3 ounces)

1 large egg white, at room temperature

2/3 cup + 1/4 cup powdered sugar, divided

3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon cornstarch

pinch of salt (about 1/8 tsp)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.

Place the bittersweet chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Melt on 50% power for 20 seconds. Remove the chocolate from the microwave and stir. Microwave the chocolate for another 20 seconds. Continue this until most of the chocolate is melted, careful not to burn the chocolate. Stir the chocolate together to melt the remaining morsels. Set chocolate aside.

Place the egg white in a clean bowl. Whisk until soft peaks form. (This will take about 2 minutes vigorously whisking by hand.) Gradually add 1/3 cup of the powdered sugar, and continue whisking until the sugar is incorporated.

sifting pic{See those lumps? That’s why we sift the dry ingredients!}

Sift 1/3 cup of powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt together. Add these dry ingredients to the egg white mixture and stir ingredients together. The cookie dough will become very thick. Add the melted bittersweet chocolate to egg white mixture and blend all ingredients together.

Place the remaining 1/4 cup powdered sugar in a bowl. Roll 1 tablespoon of cookie dough into a ball. Roll the ball of cookie dough in the powdered sugar, making sure to get a good coating of sugar all over the dough. Place on prepared cookie sheet.

Bake for about 10-11 minutes, or until the cookies flatten slightly and the tops begin to cracked. Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 6 cookies.

cookie bite

{Adapted from Picklee}

The Annunciation cover

The Annunciation, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

The Annunciation, text © Jeffrey Anderson

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2 responses »

  1. Less than 100 calories per cookie?! I need to make these pronto! They look so fudgy!

  2. Pingback: Bake Sale for Noah

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