With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I wanted to give you a little something sweet to share with that special someone. This is my new favorite cookie, not too sweet, a little nutty and full of chocolate goodness. The best part? They are about as healthy as you can get and still be a cookie. Don’t let whipping the egg whites scare you, this is a pretty foolproof method since you warm the egg whites and dissolve the sugar before whipping.
I do love the flavor of hazelnuts and chocolate together and I especially love these cookies since I don’t have to feel too bad about indulging in them. Actually I didn’t need to worry too much about eating too many since my son ate almost the entire batch once he tasted them.
- 4 large egg whites
- 1½ cups confectioners' sugar
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups of hazelnut meal
- 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium heatproof bowl, combine egg whites, sugar and a pinch of salt. Set bowl over a pot with 1 inch of simmering water (make sure that the bowl doesn't touch the water) and cook, whisking constantly, until warm to the touch, about 3 minutes. Remove bowl from the heat and using a stand mixer, beat the mixture on high until thick and glossy. Gently fold hazelnut meal into the egg whites.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spoon mixture into a pasty bag fitted with a ½-inch round top. Pipe 30 (1½-inch-round) mounds onto the baking sheets. Alternatively you drop the cookies by the tablespoon onto the baking sheets. Bake for 15-18 minutes until the surface of the meringues are dry to the touch.
- Meanwhile, place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set over the water bath that you used for the egg whites. Melt the chocolate stirring occasionally until smooth. Using a spoon drizzle the chocolate over the tops of the cookies and let cool until the chocolate is set.
I didn’t forget that I promised to share some of my favorite music with you as well, these are some of my favorite songs for bringing a tear to my eye and a longing to my heart. Listen to them while you bake up a batch of these cookies, I can’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon.