I’ve been seeing these chocolate meringue-like cookies at Starbucks for weeks and telling myself No. But then came time to study for my OBGYN shelf, and as always, such effort seems to merit proper reward. Turns out, totally not worth paying the 2 dollars per cookie at Starbucks when they are so simple to make yourself! Unfortunately, while they were in the oven I happened to read a passage in my textbook on endometriomas and how the ovarian look like chocolate cysts. And suddenly, the cookie in my hand ceased to tempt me. The moral? Abstract minds are good for dieting.
Chocolate Brownie Cookies
Adapted from Bon Appetit
3 cups powdered sugar
¾ cup cocoa powder (I used dark chocolate)
1 tsp salt
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 tbsp cacao nibs, chopped
Heat oven to 350. Whisk powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a large bowl, then whisk in egg whites and egg. Fold in chocolate and cacao nibs. Spoon batter by tablespoon full onto parchment lined baking sheets, two inches apart.
Bake for 14-16 minutes, rotating the sheet once. Cool on pan placed on a rack. It will take a little while for them to firm up.
If one can forget how I likened these cookies to endometrial/ovarian masses—they make great Valentine cookies. Super sinful. And if you’re single, I’d imagine they substitute for a lover rather well. Happy Valentine’s Day!