Flourless Dark Chocolate Cookie Bites {Gluten Free}

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You are looking at a hockey champion. That’s right, my hockey team won our divisional championship last weekend! Considering we didn’t win a single game until January (season started in October), being division champs is HUGE feat for us. I couldn’t be prouder of my team, which is made up of the best group of ladies ever. I honestly don’t think we could have grown as a team as much as we did without the positivity and sportsmanship everyone exuded each game. Even the ones where we lost 10-0. Yes, that happened more than once!

Goal Diggers: ASHL Hockey Champs

 (I’m second from the left in the front row!)

I am on a month hiatus until our spring/summer hockey league starts. Not only will I miss the ladies I play with, I will also miss the exercise each Sunday. I have started a really awesome workout regime thanks to my teammate Danelle, who is also a personal trainer. For the first time in a few years, I’m actually enjoying going to the gym and working out with her. I have also found that when I get into a solid workout routine, my diet naturally gets better. It’s probably because when I’m laying on the floor in utter exhaustion, the last thing I want is for all that hard work to go to waste by eating terrible.  But don’t get me wrong – I still crave my favourites, including my beloved chocolate. That’s where these cookie bites come in. They are a healthier version of a dark chocolate cookie, but without all the guilt. They are not only flourless, but they are also made with egg whites and bittersweet/dark chocolate (which has less sugar). Not only do they totally fulfill my chocolate cravings with their delicious flavour, but they also have an amazing merengue-like texture with a fudge centre. Not bad for 80 calories a cookie bite!

You will need:

Ingredient List

1 cup (6 oz.) bittersweet/unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup (3 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 egg whites, room temperature
2.5 cups icing sugar, divided
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt

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 Using a double-boiler method, melt your 1 cup of bittersweet/unsweetened chocolate.

Set aside to cool slightly.

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In a medium bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, 1 cup icing sugar, salt and cornstarch.

Set aside.

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In the bowl of an electric mixer, place your eggs whites.

Beat egg whites with a whisk attachment on high speed until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes.

I find using a whisk attachment works best, but if you don’t have one, feel free to use a paddle attachment.

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Should look like above.

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Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in 1 cup of icing sugar.

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Increase speed and beat until combined and it resembled thickened marshmallow cream.

About 2 minutes.

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If using a whisk attachment, switch to a paddle attachment.

With your mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients you whisked together into the cream mixture until completely combined.

The dough should be stiff.

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Next, add your 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips to your slightly cooled bittersweet/unsweetened chocolate mixture and stir to combine.

Add this chocolate mixture to the stiff dough and mix well.

Your dough should still be quite stiff and a bit crumbly. If it isn’t, place in the fridge for 10 minutes.

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Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls.

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Place your last 1/2 cup of icing sugar into a medium bowl.

Roll your chocolate dough ball in the icing sugar, coating well.

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Place on a baking sheet lined with a non-stick mat or parchment paper.

Bake in a 350 degree fahrenheit oven for 10 minutes, until the dough balls puff up and the tops crack.

When I make these, the dough does not spread out very much, hence why they are called ‘bites’.

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Let cookie bites cool on the baking pan for 10 minutes.

Remove from pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

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These are so delicious.

Yummy crisp merengue-like shell with a fudge brownie texture inside.

A wonderful way to crush your chocolate cravings and not feel an ounce of guilt.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from: Picklee

2 comments

    • Claudia's Cookbook says:

      Haha! So true! Our first game is this Sunday. The league gives us a free nacho platter if our team doesn’t get any penalties. We are hoping for the best…and for nachos :)

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