Today is the third day of my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies and the third day of Christmas brings three French Hens. French Hens is a tough concept to work with when coming up with a cookie to bake, so I used a little creativity and looked at only the word French to come up with today's treat.
I bet you think I came up with a French pastry or a macaron, but actually the snowy French Alps came to mind and I am sharing a Snow Covered Chocolate Torte Cookie today.
These cookies are really decadent, but surprisingly easy to make. And for my gluten free friends, they don't even contain any flour.
If you don't have any chocolate chips, or your sweetie found where you stashed your chocolate chips and ate them all in the middle of the night, you can use a conversion for cocoa. I've used it and the cookies turned out amazing!
Just melt the following in a microwave and voila, 1 cup of melted semi-sweet chocolate chips: 6 tablespoons cocoa + 7 tablespoons sugar + 1/4 cup shortening
1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips
3 egg whites, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups of icing sugar, divided
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
1 tablespoon corn starch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two cookie trays with parchment paper.
2. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for about two minutes, stirring twice.
3. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Then beat in 1 cups of sugar. When a creamy marshmallowy mixture forms, add in another cups of sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt. Stir to combine.
4. Next stir in the melted chocolate, dough should be quite stiff.
5. Place remaining sugar in a separate bowl and scoop up balls of chocolate dough. Roll balls of dough in the powdered sugar and place on a cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
6. Bake cookies for about 10 minutes and then cool on sheets another 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to finish cooling.
Who would have thought that one cookie would be all you need? But these rich treats prove to me that less really can be more!