Monday, April 29, 2013

How-Dark-Can-You-Go Chocolate Cookies

The combination of final test, 30 more unread (yet) BORING chapters, the low blood pressure, and the sinusitis is DEADLY. I wish for steak but no steak would wanna come to momma. I got my period this afternoon and that only added up to my already pounding headache. That explains the mood swings and the endless need to munch something. But then again, mood swings and excessive munching are legal when you’re a mom.

Anyhow, I don’t easily take medication to ease my headache. I prefer to eat something hot like a piece of toast slathered with Sambal so hot it can make a grown man cry or a cup of joe to relieve the pain. Sadly I ran out of Sambal so coffee it was. Then I realized I had no snack whatsoever to accompany my coffee. How undignified!

So I went to the kitchen with the coals burning hot in my heart over a puny yet urgent matter, turned on the oven, and started making a batch of chocolate cookie dough to calm my nerves.

Do I wanna measure the ingredients in grams? Duh!

Do I wanna use the mixer? In your dream!

Do I wanna wash tons of dishes after baking it? Heck no!

So let’s not do those!

Makes 7 cookies
2 Egg whites
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup icing sugar
A pinch of salt
A handful of dark chocolate chips
A handful of your favorite nuts, sliced or chopped
Marshmallows (optional but delicious)

Mix ‘Em All!
-Preheat the oven and set for 175C
-Mix the egg whites, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt. 
-Add the chocolate chips and nuts. I use almonds.
-Spoon them on the baking sheet.
-Add the marshmallow, if using.
-Freeze them while waiting for the oven to reach 175C
-Bake for 13-14 min.

I love that it takes less than 30 minutes to have fresh cookies. I also love that I literally use no fat and yolk. I promise you won't be missing the butter and the yolk here. That, my friend.. is perfection.

For those of you who love dark chocolate, then it is the cookie for you. It has a subtle sweetness yet too subtle I might just call it shy. It's rich yet it doesn't leave you with a heavy bloated feeling. But if you have a very, very, very sweet tooth, you can find the recipe at Fifteen Spatulas. 

The fact that this recipe only yields seven cookies also makes sure that you'll have enough happiness for one jolly afternoon. Good for the heart, good for the waist. Personally, I prefer to bake any sweet treats just enough to last for three days at the most because they taste better if consumed within that time span.

Have it warm and you'll be rewarded with a soft and chewy cookie. Have it cooled then you will have a delectable crispy edged cookie. Either way, you can have it anyway you like.

Try this at home. Bake it for your kids, your spouse, when it rains, when you're feeling blue, when you need to pamper yourself, or just bake it for the love of baking.


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