Thursday, September 29, 2011
12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies...Chocolate Pecan Chewies
Chocolate Pecan Chewies
1 lb powdered sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
3 cups pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped (walnuts are fine, too)
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and toast pecans for 10-15 minutes; remove, allow to cool, and coarsely chop.
Lower temp to 320 degrees.
Line cookie sheets with parchment.
In a large bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, pecans, and salt; set aside.
In a small bowl, beat egg whites and vanilla together, then pour into powdered sugar mixture, mixing
just until the batter is moistened (do not overbeat or it will stiffen and your cookies will not spread).
Portion batter onto prepared baking sheets, being careful not to overcrowd.
I used a small cookie scoop, but you can certainly make them bigger.
Bake ntil the tops are glossy and lightly cracked, about 14-16 minutes.
Let cookies cool completely before removing from parchment paper.
Store in an airtight container.