I think if I gave someone one of these cookies, and asked them to guess at the ingredients, I'd get answers like butter, flour and chocolate. Well all of those would be wrong. The truth is, these passover-friendly and gluten-free cookies have just three basic ingredients: egg whites, cocoa powder and confectioners sugar.
The cookies are super-rich, with an intense chocolate flavor that isn't muted by any other ingredients. They also get nice, shiny cracked tops, which make a nice presentation. Plus, they're practically fat free!
Now, I wouldn't go as far as saying these would replace a flour, chocolate and butter-filled cookie, but they are a more than adequate substitute. They also keep fairly well - stored in an airtight container for up to a week. You can also add chopped nuts or chocolate chips to these to spice them up a little.
Tip of the Day: Even if you don't love coffee (like me), adding a touch of it to chocolate desserts helps to bring out the chocolate flavor, without tasting overwhelmingly like coffee.
Recipe: (adapted from King Arthur Flour)
2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder or instant coffee
1 cup cocoa powder
3 large egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla
In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, coffee and cocoa until combined.
Add in the egg whites and vanilla and mix until just combined - don't overbeat.
Drop the dough by rounded teaspoons on to a parchment-paper lined baking sheet.
Bake on 350 F for 9 to 13 minutes until the tops are shiny and crackly. If the centers appear darker than the rest of the cookie, return them for a couple more minutes.