Flourless Double Chocolate Cookies –

Flourless Double Chocolate CookiesIt would seem we’re on a chocolate trend here on Eating With The Hoffmans (sounds like a pretty good trend, if you ask me!). These cookies are a chocolate lovers dream. If you’re not big on chocolate then you’ll probably just want to ignore this post. But seriously, who doesn’t like chocolate?

I was sold on this recipe when I first saw flourless. With my gluten allergy, I often have to find blends of flours to substitute for wheat and that’s not always easy to do. In other words, a flourless recipe is my kind of deal!

The simplicity of this recipe seems a little strange at first. Even stranger is the consistency of the “dough” when you’re done mixing it all up. Not your average cookie dough, that’s for sure.

In the end, the best way to describe these is a brownie meringue. They’re light an airy like a merignue, but a bit gooey in the middle and chewy on the corners like a brownie. All in all, they’re pretty amazing.

Ingredients:
3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened Hershey’s dark chocolate cocoa powder
1/8 tsp. salt
2 to 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups 60% cocoa chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Set aside two baking sheets with silpat mats or parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar with cocoa powder and salt.
Whisk in the vanilla and egg whites starting with just two.
Beat just until the batter is moistened. You’re looking for a brownie-like, thick and fudgy batter consistency. If it seems too thick, add another egg white– then a 4th one if it still seems too thick.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Scoop the batter by the tablespoon full onto the prepared baking sheets. Leave enough space between each cookie for them to spread.
Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the tops are glossy and lightly cracked.
Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Yield: 30 cookies

Dark Chocolate Mocha Truffles –

IMG_0662eIs it redundant to say Dark Chocolate Mocha? How do you convey that these delightful things are both coffee filled and a complete daily dose of rich dark chocolaty goodness? Hmm… I’ll think on that. In the mean time, do you know I’ve made four batches of these in the past month? No, we haven’t split all four batches between the five of us; we share! Some went out as Christmas presents, others to get-togethers with friends.  People just can’t seem to get enough… and for good reason! These things are addicting!

I must say the thought of making your own truffles seems rather daunting at first. The task itself isn’t all that complex, but it can be a bit laborious. However, add a friend or family member to help you out and the job seems considerably easier.

Ingredients:
2 (12oz) pkgs. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 (8oz) cream cheese
3 T. instant coffee granules
2 tsp. water
1 lb. dark chocolate

Directions:
Melt chips in microwave, stopping to stir every minute. Beat in next 3 ingredients. Cool in fridge for half an hour. Roll into teaspoon size balls. Let the balls sit in the fridge for another half hour to harden. Melt 1 lb. of dark chocolate and dip balls into chocolate. Cool and decorate as you like.

These should keep in the refrigerator for a little over a week. They keep well in the freezer also, though they probably won’t be around long enough for you to be concerned about that! 😉

-Rachel

Here we are!

“You guys should seriously start a restaurant.”

We’ve heard that a lot. As one person put it, “the Hoffmans know how to do food.” But a restaurant is quite the leap and with our crazy busy life what are we supposed to do? Start a blog, of course! So here we are, taking our favorite recipes from our table to yours. Ready for an adventure? We sure are!

-The Hoffmans