Flourless Chocolate Mint Cookies

by kitchenarian on December 2, 2011

Hellooo? Remember me? I hope so. I took an unintentional break; a little thing called life swept me away for a bit, but I am back in the kitchen.

While so much has been going on, not too much of it is newsworthy; just life stuff. You know how it is. Sous Chef returned from Europe a few weeks ago and I have enjoyed so much having her at home. She will be home all through the holidays before returning to school in January. She has lots of wonderful stories about her semester abroad, but I will let her tell you about all that. I am sure she will be baking and blogging soon!

Recently while perusing some foodie blogs, I saw these cookies and I just had to make them. I had made some flourless oatmeal peanut butter cookies a while back that were so delicious. My first reaction after baking these was disappointment because my cookies did not look like the cookies in the picture that inspired me, but they were delicious and disappeared around here in very short order! They are made with egg whites and I think I whipped the egg whites too much so they were a bit like chocolate meringue cookies with a chewy, chocolate center. That can’t be bad, can it? I will definitely make them again and try to perfect them the second go around, but they were too delicious not to share! The recipe is adapted from Recipe Girl.

When I decided to make these cookies, I envisioned mint chips instead of chocolate and I was certain that I would be able to find them at the store easily. Well, not really. I went to several stores and then happened upon one bag of Nestle’s Limited Edition Dark Chocolate and Mint chips. I snatched them up. Since then, I have looked everywhere and can’t seem to find any more bags.

I didn’t realize they were so limited; it’s probably because they are so amazingly delicious! Nestle did not ask me to tell you that, they don’t even know who I am or that I bought a bag of their delicious limited edition chocolate and mint chips. However, if I knew Mr. Nestle, I would ask him to make lots of bags of these chips so you can buy them and put them in your cookies too! Moving on to the recipe…

Ingredients:

3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 to 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate and mint chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with silpat. In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Next, whisk in the vanilla and 2 egg whites. Don’t whip the egg whites! Beat just until the batter is moistened. You’re looking for a brownie-like, thick and fudgy batter. If it seems too thick, add another egg white– then a 4th one if it still seems too thick. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Scoop the batter by the tablespoon onto the prepared baking sheets. Leave enough space between each cookie for them to spread. Bake for 10 -12 minutes, until the tops appear glossy and the cookies are lightly cracked. You need to let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet before moving them off to a cooling rack or airtight cookie container. Makes about 2 to 3 dozen cookies.

Kitchenarian Notes: This is one of those discretionary recipes when it comes to the egg whites. Three seems to be the magic number of egg whites to add, but it all depends on the size of your eggs. If you add too many egg whites, these cookies will spread out way too thin. Remember to keep the batter thick and fudgy. And remember, don’t beat the egg whites!

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Patty December 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I would love these cookies, anything baked with mint and chocolate I can’t resist! Welcome back, I’m glad you made cookies!

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Parsley Sage December 2, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I want some of those mint chocolate chips! Gold mine πŸ™‚ I’d bake loads of the yummy cookies πŸ™‚ Buzzed!

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Chris December 2, 2011 at 10:29 pm

These cookies sound fantastic! Gluten-free cookies make me happy!!! I’m going to have to give them a shot!

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Kim Bee December 3, 2011 at 12:34 am

Great cookies. I love chocolate and mint together. My son was considering going abroad to school. I think he’s finally decided to just travel to another province. Going to be hard but such a great experience.

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kitchenarian December 3, 2011 at 8:50 am

It’s only hard on the Moms!! I am so glad Sous Chef had the opportunity to travel and study. Hope your son enjoys it.

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Esther December 3, 2011 at 12:46 am

SO glad you are back:) I always look for these mint chocolate chips and have a hard time finding them. Hope they will be more available this season.

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kitchenarian December 3, 2011 at 8:48 am

Well if you find them you let me know. I want five bags…make that ten!

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easyfoodsmith December 3, 2011 at 6:07 am

I have heard of flourless cakes but never flourless cookies…lovely combinations in there. Bookmarked…and buzzed πŸ™‚
http://www.easyfoodsmith.blogspot.com/

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Emily @ Life on Food December 3, 2011 at 7:17 am

Doesn’t it stink when you find something so great and then never find it again. Those chips are a fantastic idea. I hope you find them again. I think the cookies sound delicious! Perfect for the holiday.

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JL goes Vegan December 3, 2011 at 7:42 am

So happy to see your post pop in my Reader! Enjoy your time with Sous Chef! πŸ™‚

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kitchenarian December 3, 2011 at 8:51 am

Thanks JL. πŸ™‚

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Carolyn December 3, 2011 at 8:41 am

I love this variation on this recipe. I ‘ve seen these flourless cookies before, but the mint chips are such a great twist! And life swept you away…Oh, I know how that goes!

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Boulder Locavore December 3, 2011 at 9:20 am

Have missed you! Glad to see you and with such a delish recipe. Have not seen these chocolate chips; how clever. Hope you are enjoying your daughter. Time moves so quickly. Happy Holidays! Toni

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen December 3, 2011 at 9:51 am

Welcome back!!! {Hugs}

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Cassie December 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Welcome back. Glad you had fun with your daughter. These cookies sound fabulous…I must try to find those dark mint chips!

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Fresh and Foodie December 5, 2011 at 10:46 am

YES! I am totally lovin’ these. I’ve never seen those mint chips before, but what an awesome idea!

Your new blog design looks great, too.

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 5, 2011 at 11:42 am

I think if I buy one more baking related thing the Mr is going to twitch. Do you think you could add a little mint extract to the batter and use chocolate chips for the same effect?

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Amy at Gastronome Tart December 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Yea! Glad to have you back! These cookies look absolutely fabulous too!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts December 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I love mint and chocolate. My Holiday baking list is getting really long, and now I want to add these too it!!

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Irena December 9, 2011 at 2:57 am

Yeee, so happy that you’re back. Love your blog and recipes, cookies look lovely as always:)

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Kita December 11, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Your timing was perfect because I swear two minutes before you posted this I was starting to worry about you! I was going to put the call out on Twitter if anyone had talked to you and poof! Twitter magic. I need some Monday muffins!

These cookies sound great. I love chocolate and mint together. And flourless. Ill have to give that a whirl! My no bake cookies didn’t turn out last time when I tried them.

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Chris December 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm

These chips are wonderful & I stockpile them when I find them….Hershey makes a version of them as well that are even more difficult to find but wonderful!!!! Good luck finding them!!

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