Thursday, March 17, 2011

No Flour Chewy Chocolate Cookies

When my son had Autism, he was on the Gluten Free Casin Free (no flour, no dairy) diet. I searched high and low for recipes for sweets I could make him. Most of the recipes available subsituted real flour with rice flour. If you have ever used rice flour you know it is heavy and makes your baked goods flat. So we ate flat cookies and flat cake. Now, with Celiacs disease becoming more well known, the flour free recipes are pouring out. My son no longer is Autistic (thank the good Lord for that) but I still make the occasional flour free cookies. The recipes are so good nowadays, why not? These cookies are no exception. They remind me of brownies- chewy and chocolately. And very easy to make. You'll never miss the flour!

No Flour Chewy Chocolate Cookies

1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 tsps. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
2 egg whites
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted if desired

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Mix sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. Gradually add egg whites and stir with a spoon until the mixture forms a dough. If the mixture is not thick enough to form into balls, add more powdered sugar and cocoa (I added about 3/4 cup more mixed). Add the nuts and mix well.

Form dough into tablespoon sized balls. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 16 to 19 minutes or until the cookies are glossy and crackled. Remove and cool. Makes about 15 cookies.
This recipe is easy to double.

"The path I travel is lit by those who came before me, and it will shine brighter for those who follow me"
-Autism quote, unknown author


CountryDew said...

Those sound good and relatively easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

If these are as good as they look they are really yummy. It's amazing what recipes they come up with for stuff today that we never heard of years ago. I am posting an old, old recipe tomorrow. First time it was ever heard of was 1875 and this is one I highly recommend like that one cake you made from my recipe. It is called Woodford Pudding and it has a sauce. It is not really pudding but a kind of spongy cake and the sauce is to die for. I could totally eat the sauce with a spoon. Have a good weekend.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

That sounds so good, Southernlady! I love old recipes. I have two from Colonial Virginia framed in my kitchen. They called them reciepts instead of recipes.

I'll have to try your recipe. I'm heading over to your blog now to take a look.

Hope your weekend is great, too!

Jamie Ferraioli said...

Those look soooo good. And wow, I actually have all of the ingredients on hand! I might have to make these my cookie project this weekend!

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Jamie, let me know how they turn out for you. I hope you enjoy them!

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

I think I have those ingredients too. They'd be good to let Kelly make when she's bugging me to bake something and we don't have any ingredients in the house. We usually have all that. And there's nothing better than a chewy cookie!

I didn't know you could cure autism. That's wonderful! How? I have a friend who's child has autism.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Kelly might really like these cookies. They are really good!

My son had mild autism (PDD) so I'm not sure what we tried would cure most autistic kids, but it does help them progress.

My son had 15 hours a week of wraparound services, the GF/CF diet (which I think helped a LOT), a doctor at the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh who specializes in autism, and we also did speech and occupational therapy. I also took him to a special program once a week for 3 hours that helped him learn to socialize. It was a crazy schedule but we were desparate to help him so we did whatever we could.

If your friend has any questions, let her know I'd be more than willing to share what I know and my experiences. I will pray for her child. Autism is an awful thing to cope with.

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

I'll tell her. One of our blog buddies also has an autistic son but he is grown now. She'll probably pop over here soon and see this.