February is heart health month. Valentine’s Day is of course all about matters of the heart. And who doesn’t love chocolate? These awesome cookies tie all of those together with a pretty little bow.
Several years ago, I participated in a research study which explored the effects of stress on care-givers of heart patients. It was called “The COOL HF Study.” One of our sessions was all about healthy food – not just for the patients, but for everyone concerned with heart-health. We were served an entire meal that we could enjoy with the patients we care for. Here is the recipe for the cookies we enjoyed as part of that meal. I hope you like them…
Chewy Chocolate Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 1/2 hours
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 large egg whites
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate chopped and melted (see Tip)
- Position rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
- Beat egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer until foamy, about 1 minute.
- Beat in granulated sugar in a slow, steady stream.
- Scrape down the sides, then beat in brown sugar 1 Tablespoon at a time.
- Beat until smooth, about 3 minutes.
- Beat in vanilla and melted chocolate.
- Stir in the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon.
- Drop the batter by tablespoonsful onto the prepared baking sheet, 1 1/2 inches apart.
- Bake the cookies until flat yet springy, with slightly cracked tops, 10 to 12 minutes.
- Cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Let the pan cool for a few minutes before baking another batch; replace parchment paper if torn or scorched.
Makes about 36 cookies.
Nutrition facts: Serving Size: 1 cookie; 68 calories; 1 g fat (1 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrate; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 26 mg sodium.
Tips: Help with melting chocolate – Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High for 1 minute. Stir well, then continue microwaving in 30- second increments on High until two-thirds of the chocolate has melted, stirring well after each heating. Remove the bowl and continue stirring until all the chocolate has melted. Cool for 5 minutes at room temperature.
Feel free to add 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts or 2/3 cup raisins or dried berries.
These cookies also freeze well! Layer them in a freezer safe container between sheets of wax paper; thaw 15 minutes at room temperature before serving.
Included in COOL Study participant materials, March, 2013. Revised for accuracy and clarity.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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