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