Sunday, April 24, 2011

Pecan Fudge Cookies


In the weeks leading up to Passover I always search for new dessert recipes which are not only flourless but loaded with flavor.  This year I opted to try a flourless chocolate cookie recipe which was adapted from Francois Payard's Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookie.


These Pecan Fudge Cookies were a cinch to make with only 6 ingredients and a minimal number steps.  They were chewy, rich with chocolate flavor, and had a nice hint of saltiness not only from the actual salt, but also from the toasted pecans.  These cookies certainly passed my Passover test which I consider to be a recipe tasty enough to be made any other week of the year and not just during Passover!

Pecan Fudge Cookies
adapted from MAKE {AND} TAKE
(4 PointsPlus per serving)

Ingredients

3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup plus 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp fleur de sel (or another rich salt)
3 large room temperature egg whites
1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups toasted pecan pieces

Directions

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt. 

With the mixer on low, add the egg whites one at a time.  Add in the vanilla.   Mix on medium speed for 10-12 minutes, until the mixture becomes slightly thick.  It will be slightly thicker than brownie batter.  Stir in the toasted pecans by hand.

Place spoonfuls of the batter onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving plenty of space around them (I fit about 9 on each sheet).  Put the baking sheet in the oven and immediately lower the oven temperature to 320°F.  Bake for 16-18 minutes, until the outside of the cookies crack.  Cool on the cookie sheets on wire racks for 10 minutes.  Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.  I made 25 cookies with this recipe.  (1 serving = 1 cookie, 4 PointsPlus per serving)

4 comments:

  1. The batter alone sounds wonderful. This is also a nice gluten free recipe!

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  2. Pecan-Fudge sounds so divine :) And those look really chewy, chocolate-y and rich! Makings of an awesome cookie :) Thanks for sharing...

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  3. This recipe sounds yummy! Tweeted about it!

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  4. Mmm these look delicious and I love that you put the Points+ values on each recipe! I do the same on my blog :) Glad to be your newest follower!
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