Monday, December 9, 2013

Chocolate Cookies Two Ways

As an alternative to pumpkin pie, I brought 2 versions of double chocolate cookies to our Thanksgiving.  Both were naturally gluten free as they didn't call for flour.  I couldn't resist sneaking in some pumpkin caramel to one batch which really gave the cookies a deep flavor with mild spice to balance the chocolate upon chocolate!  They were such a huge hit, I made another batch for our party later in the weekend!


First Batch:  Flourless Brownie Cookies
*Recipe adapted from Yammie's Gluten Freedom

1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup organic coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
1/3 cup pumpkin caramel

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mix together the butter and sugars. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Mix together the soda, salt, and cocoa and add to the wet ingredients, mixing until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and caramel.  Bake for 10-12 minutes then let rest on the pan for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.  







Second Batch:  Chewy Flourless Chocolate Cookies
*Recipe courtesy of Recipe Girl

3 cups powdered sugar

2/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 to 4 large egg whites, at room temperature 
(I used 3)
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper (or silpat mats).
In a large bowl, whisk together powdered sugar with cocoa powder and salt. Whisk in egg whites (start w/ just two) and vanilla extract and beat just until the batter is moistened. You're looking for a brownie-like, thick and fudgy batter consistency. If it seems too thick, add another egg white-- then a 4th one if it still seems too thick. Gently stir in chocolate chips.

Spoon batter onto the prepared baking sheets.  Bake about 14 minutes, until the tops are glossy and lightly cracked. Slide the parchment paper (with the cookies) onto wire racks. Let cookies cool completely, and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.




The best part?  The leftovers, which I turned into magical ice cream sandwiches!  Who knew it really is possible to gain 10 lbs in a weekend at home?!?!



Chewy gooey flourless cookie with java chip ice cream
Flourless brownie cookies with pumpkin caramel and vanilla ice cream

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