Chocolate Flourless Cookies
Adapted from a Recipe by François Payard
flourless chocolate cookies on parchment paper
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: Baking, Chocolate, Comfort Food, Vegetarian
Servings: 50 cookies
Calories: 77kcal
Author: Chef Bill Collins

Ingredients

  • parchment paper
  • 2 ½ cups nuts, toasted and chopped (almonds, walnuts, and peanuts work well. It’s okay if you don’t toast them)
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 ½ cups plus 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • zest of two oranges (optional)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350°, and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Finely chop the nuts on a cutting board, or carefully pulse-chop them in a food processor. The nuts should be chopped small, but not reduced to dust.  Transfer to a separate large sheet pan, and toast until fragrant and a bit darker in color, about 7-9 minutes. Check the nuts every two minutes, and shake the pan, to make sure they don’t burn.  They can burn very quickly.  Let them cool to room temperature
  • Sift the sugar, cocoa, orange zest (optional) and salt into a bowl to remove any lumps and clumping. Whisk together to combine, and set aside until the walnuts have cooled
  • Stir in the nuts.   Add the egg whites and vanilla; combine with a wooden spoon until the batter is just moistened. Do not overbeat the batter, or it will stiffen
  • Drop batter by the teaspoonful, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Bake cookies until tops are lightly cracked and glossy, about 12-15 minutes
  • Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes, then  place them on cooling racks

Notes

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Makes approximately 40-50 cookies
NOTES: Unless you have a convection oven, you’ll have to bake these cookies one tray at a time.  Also, make sure you use the parchment paper, as the cookies will stick to the pan if you don’t.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Flourless Cookies
Amount per Serving
Calories
77
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.5
g
3
%
Trans Fat
 
0.001
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Sodium
 
28
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
96
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
10
g
3
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
0.1
IU
0
%
Calcium
 
23
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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