Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies
- 2 ½ cups pecan (or walnut) halves
- 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
- ½ cup plus 3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 egg whites (at room temperature)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
– Position oven racks to the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat oven to 350º.
– Toast nut halves on a baking sheet until golden and fragrant, about 9 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop.
– Lower oven temperature to 320º. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
– In a large bowl, whisk together confectioner’s sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Stir in chopped nuts. Add egg whites one at a time, and the vanilla, whisking in between each addition until batter is just moistened (over beating will make the batter too stiff).
– Drop batter by spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets to make 12 evenly spaced mounds. Bake until tops are lightly cracked and glossy, about 15 minutes. Slide cookies – parchment and all – onto wire racks to cool completely.
The meringuey texture of these delightfully chewy cookies comes from the use of egg whites in place of flour, making them ideal for Passover.