Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dark Chocolate Cookies

When I first saw these on Pinterest, they had me at one glance!  But, I truly knew it was meant to be when I went to get out the ingredients and I had EXACTLY enough powdered sugar and just enough chocolate chips to make these!  We were meant for each other!  These are unlike any other cookie I have made.  I don't even have the words to express how I feel about these... they are divine, decadent, rich and heavenly!  They will satisfy a chocolate craving like this Double Chocolate Torte but with much less effort!  They have a little crunch on the outside but are soft and gooey on the inside! So there you have it, these just might be what you need for the love in your life for Valentine's day!

Dark Chocolate Cookies
(makes about 16-18 cookies)

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
3 large egg whites, room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 T corn starch
1/4 t salt

Preheat oven to 350. Spray two cookie sheets with cooking spray and set aside.  Melt one cup chocolate chips in the microwave or on your stove over low heat, until melted.  Cool slightly.

Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.  Gradually beat in one cup powdered sugar until mixture resembles soft marshmallow cream.  In another bowl whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt to blend.  On low speed, beat dry ingredients into egg whites mixture.  Stir in lukewarm melted chocolate and the last 1/2 cup chocolate chips. The dough will get very stiff.

Place 1/2 cup powdered sugar into a bowl.  Roll rounded Tablespoons of dough in powdered sugar and place on prepared cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake until the cookies puff up and cracks form on the tops, about 8-10 minutes.  Cool on sheets for 10 minutes and then remove to wire rack to cool.

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