Yield: 24 cookies. (One serving)
Prep Time: 25 min, Cook Time: 14 min (Eating time: 1 minute per 5 cookies, including chewing)
3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 to 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper (or silpat mats). If you use parchment paper, give it a light swoosh of nonstick spray.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together powdered sugar with cocoa powder and salt. Whisk in egg whites (start w/ just two) and vanilla extract and beat just until the batter is moistened. You’re looking for a brownie-like, thick and fudgy batter consistency. If it seems too thick, add another egg white– then a 4th one if it still seems too thick. Gently stir in chocolate chips (Sample the chips first to make sure they are really chocolate)
3. Spoon batter onto the prepared baking sheets in 12 evenly spaced mounds per cookie sheet. Bake about 14 minutes, until the tops are glossy and lightly cracked. Slide the parchment paper (with the cookies) onto wire racks. Let cookies cool completely (place in freezer to shorten cooling time), and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. (Your stomach is not airtight but if you eat them immediately you don’t have to worry about airtight . . . or 3 days)
*If you’re baking this as a “gluten-free” recipe, just make sure that the brand of chocolate chips you are using is gluten free.
*Let the cookies cool completely before you attempt to remove them from the mat or the parchment. They’re delicate, (for delicate, ahem, tastes) so gently peeling the paper away from the cookie works best. (or simply lick them off the parchment to save time)