Chocolate Walnut Cookies

4 Aug

These gigantic cookies are extremely easy and extremely yummy. A friend compared them to a cookie-shaped brownie and I think that’s pretty accurate. It’s amazing that only a few simple ingredients made these monsters. I was hesitant due to the lack of butter in the recipe (which is its own food group in my world), but they’re fantastic and I didn’t even miss my dear dairy.

Chocolate Walnut Cookies
makes 12/adapted from this recipe

Here’s what I used:

  • 2 3/4 cups chopped walnuts
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg whites (at room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Here’s what I did:

  1. Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for about 8 minutes – let cool.
  2. Mix the sugar and cocoa in the bowl of an electric mixer (or a large mixing bowl).
  3. Add the cooled walnuts.
  4. On medium speed, blend in the egg whites and vanilla until just combined.
  5. Drop batter on parchment lined baking sheets (makes a dozen).
  6. Bake at 320 degrees for about 13 minutes.
  7. Cool completely before you go anywhere with them! I made the mistake of shoving them into a bag to transport and they didn’t like that one bit. They still tasted great but didn’t look so hot.
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