Monday, January 11, 2010

Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookies

These cookies are scrumptiously light and chocolaty. Better yet, they’re flourless! In other words, they’re wheat-free (for me)—people who can’t eat gluten should make sure all of their ingredients are gluten-free.

This recipe is from Francois Payard.

2 ½ cups walnut halves

3 cups confectioner’s sugar

½ cup + 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder*

4 egg whites

1 tsp vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Finely chop walnuts and transfer to an unlined baking sheet. Toast in oven for about 9 minutes, until fragrant.

3. In a large bowl, combine sugar and cocoa.

4. Stir in walnuts.

5. Add egg whites and vanilla. Beat with a fork until batter is just moistened.

6. Drop dollops of batter onto parchment paper-lined cookie sheets.

7. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the tops of the cookies are lightly cracked and glossy.

*If possible, use organic or Fair Trade cocoa to prevent chocolate extinction.


  1. oh my.. these look SO good. I gave you guys a shout out on our new Stroller Strides blog:

    and am making these cookies & the bread if I get snowed in tomorrow! :)

  2. ok- we are officially snowed in- after 3+ hours of shoveling & no chance of getting out of our un-plowed neighborhood to go ski- I'm going for it! They'd better taste like yours look- hope there isn't a weird high-altitude change that I need.... hmmm I'll report back.

  3. Hey, do you cook only gluten free food? My little nephew was recently diagnosed with celiacs and I'm always looking to suggest a good gluten free site for my step-sister!

    Alexandra Barrett

  4. We cook mostly (like 95%) gluten-free. We don't eat any wheat, but we eat some spelt (not gluten-free). So sorry to hear about your nephew, but there are lots of yummy options now. These cookies will definitely make him happy.