My best friend has been super in to decorating cakes and cookies lately, ever since she took the Wilton cake decorating classes. Because of that, she suggested that instead of exchanging gifts this Christmas, we exchange cookies. A cheaper and more delicious alternative to presents is fine by me, so I happily obliged! I wanted to try a few new cookie recipes for the occasion, and I decorated a plain white dollar store plate to dress up the gift (thank you, Pinterest!). These cookies, which were also found on Pinterest, were incredibly easy to make and very tasty. When they were still warm, right out of the oven, they tasted like gooey brownies.
1 1/2 cups Chocolate Chips, divided
3 Egg Whites, at room temperature (1 large egg white is about 33 grams, in case you had leftover egg whites in the fridge like me)
2 cups Powdered Sugar, divided, plus about 1/2 cup for dusting
1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tablespoon Cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon Salt
Spray 2 baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray. In a glass bowl, melt 1 cup of chocolate chips in the microwave in 2-30 second intervals, stirring between the intervals; cool slightly. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in 1 cup of the powdered sugar. Continue beating until the mixture is shiny and white. In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 cup of powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. On low speed, beat the dry mixture into the egg mixture until well blended. Mix in the slightly cooled melted chocolate, along with 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Place about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll 1 rounded tablespoon of dough into a ball, then roll it in the powdered sugar. Place the dough ball onto the prepared cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, until the cookies have puffed and the tops cracked. Cool the cookie sheets for about 10 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a rack to cool completely. Makes about 24 cookies.