Mexican Chocolate ChewiesMay 4th, 2012 | By Cecilia | Category: baking and desserts, blog, cook something
MEXICAN CHOCOLATE CHEWIES by Lisa Fain
Chocolate chewies are light, crisp, and, yes, chewy chocolate cookies that are studded with chocolate chips and pecans. You see them at bakeries all over Texas, and yet not too many people make them at home. There’s really no reason for this, especially as they’re a snap to make. I’ve added a bit of cinnamon and chipotle chile powder to give them a bit of spice and heat.
ABOUT 36 COOKIES
2 cups pecans, roughly chopped
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 large egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. While oven is heating, arrange the chopped pecans in a skillet and place in the oven for 5 minutes or until they’ve turned a bit darker brown (but not black) and smell fragrant. Mix roasted pecans with the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, chipotle chile powder, and salt.
3. Stir the egg whites into the dry mixture by hand (or beat with a stand mixer on low) just until the batter is well mixed. Stir in the vanilla extract and chocolate chips. Drop tablespoon-size portions of batter on the sheet an inch apart, about six per sheet, as these cookies will spread while baking. Bake for 15 minutes or until crackling on the surface.
4. Remove sheet from oven, lift the parchment paper with the cookies still on it off the sheet, and cool on a rack. Allow cookies to cool for 20 minutes before removing from paper, as they’re very delicate. They will keep for a few days in an airtight container.
From THE HOMESICK TEXAN COOKBOOK by Lisa Fain. Copyright © 2011 Lisa Fain. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.