Monday, September 24, 2012

Deep Dark Chocolate Goodness

Sometimes, a girl's just gotta have some chocolate. Not just a chocolate chip cookie. Or even a brownie. Chocolate cake? Please. No. A girl's best friend is mega-ultra-rich chocolate goodness. Like this:

Ooey, gooey, fudgy, chocolate goodness. Oh, yes please! And with a name like this, how can you say no?

Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies
from Divine Baking

1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips, divided (I used semi-sweet)
3 large egg whites, room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Grease your baking sheets with cooking spray.

Melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips in glass bowl in the microwave at 20-second intervals until melty. It should be kind of thin, so if it isn't, add a tablespoon of oil to thin it out.

Now, beat the egg whites in large bowl until soft peaks form. It will take some time to get them to this point, so don't give up! Remember, though, you want the egg whites to be a little on the warmer side. It will make it easier for peaks to form.

Gradually beat in 1 cup of the powdered sugar. Continue whipping it until the mixture looks like marshmallow creme.

Already amazing.

Whisk 1 more cup of sugar, the cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in a medium bowl to blend to perfection.

On a lower speed, beat the dry ingredients into the meringue.

 Stir in the lukewarm chocolate and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. This is the epitome of chocolate goodness.

The dough should be stiff. If it's not, then put it in the fridge for 20 minutes or so.

Place 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl. Roll 1 rounded tablespoon dough into a ball. Feel free to be generous with your coating! As you can see, my dough wasn't stiff enough when I first started, so I used two spoons and rounded them after coating with the powdered sugar.

Place the cookies on the prepared sheet.

Bake these heaven-sent treats until they're puffed up and the tops crack, about 10 minutes.

This makes about 18 to 20 cookies. You probably can't eat more than two in one sitting. Even washing it down with milk. That's how rich and delicious they are! So enjoy! And if you baked them and loved them, leave me a comment!

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