Little dark truffley cookies. Really?! I think I have died and gone to heaven!
Before having to cut foods out, these were one of my favorite cookies. Dark chocolate…if it hasn’t been made abundantly clear yet…I LOVE IT!!. These cookies are like little dark truffles: dense and chewy with a dark chocolate flavor. While this certainly doesn’t qualify as health food, I am all about the simple pleasures in life every once in awhile. It took several tries, but I have finally tweaked this to work…let’s see what you think!!
- I like to use a high quality cocoa powder in all my recipes, I notice a very big difference. One of my favorite is Dagoba, however there are many good brands out there.
- If you are using stevia, I recommend NuNaturals Stevia…it does not have a noticeable aftertaste like many 1of the brands out there.
- 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 6 tablespoons Earth Balance Margarine (or butter) Coconut oil or palm shortening might work, just haven’t tested it yet.
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup unrefined sugar or palm sugar. For candida friendly, sub ½ cup xylitol and ¼ teaspoon liquid stevia, to taste.
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup gluten free oat flour (or any mixture of millet or brown rice)
- ½ cup tapioca flour
- 1 teaspoon guar gum
- OR: replace flours and gum w/: 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon grain free baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips, optional
- Optional: cocoa nibs or dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a glass bowl or measuring cup, melt the unsweetened chocolate, 1 cup chocolate chips, and the Earth Balance in the microwave. Start with about 90 seconds and then stir continuously until all pieces are melted and smooth. Be careful not to overheat the mixture, as the chocolate will seize and turn clumpy. Alternately, melt over low heat on the stove.
- Beat the eggs and sugar until thick and creamy, and pale yellow in color: about a minute or so.
- Add in the vanilla and melted chocolate mixture.
- Whisk the dry ingredients together, mix in.
- Add in remaining chocolate chips if desired.
- Batter should be very thick, add in additional tablespoons of flour (any of them) if necessary. (The dough should plop and have no movement when placed on the cookie sheet.)
- Form cookies with about a tablespoon of dough.
- Bake in a preheated oven for about 8-10 minutes until slightly firm. The cookies will firm up when they cool, and are much better if they are NOT over-cooked!
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