Gluten isn’ fair. Neither are carbs. I’m kinda sick of both robbing people of their glorious traditional baked goods. If you look at your family or friends, I am pretty sure someone in your circle is struggling with one or both.
My uncle Larry is the one in our family (that we currently know of) that suffers most with gluten issues. Every Thanksgiving in Mississippi, he brings his own gluten free cake and biscuit mixes to bake from while the rest of us get down on Big Mama’s homemade biscuits, cakes, and famous rolls. I feel for him.
The rest of us just may be afflicted with carb addiction. I have tried all types of diets in the past, especially low carb. These cookies help in both regards. First of all they are flourless; secondly they are sensational! The chewy texture is to die for. The chocolate is beyond intense.
The slight hint of orange zest really heightens the flavor of the cookies. You can never go wrong with citrus right? I had a combination of blood oranges and navels in my fridge but any will do for this cookie. I definitely added the blood orange flavor because their seasonal window will be gone before we know it. Without flour, the egg whites help to stiffen the batter and give it the structure of a cookie.
The results are completely decadent. You won’t miss a thing except the gluten and carbs of course.
- 2¼ cups confectioners' sugar
- ¾ cup dutch processed cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
- 3 large egg whites
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (make sure its gluten free)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Whisk together confectioner's sugar, cocoa powder, salt and orange zest in a medium sized bowl.
- Slowly whisk in egg whites and vanilla extract until combined. Continue folding the batter with a spatula. The mixture will get harder and harder to mix and will be quite thick. This is completely normal.
- Spoon tablespoons of batter on parchment lined baking sheet inch apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes then cool.
- Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and serve. I love them warm.