Passover Chocolate Espresso Cookies

An unusual dessert for your seder.

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Passover desserts are a conundrum. There are plenty of very rich flourless chocolate cakes out there, and you can find any number of Passover recipes for dry and heavy cookies. But if you want something that's light and a little different, it can be hard to find a recipe that satisfies.A few years ago my family stumbled across a recipe for Chocolate Espresso Cookies that called for very little flour, and my mother decided to try it on Passover, substituting cake meal for flour. The cookies were a success, and now we won't begin the holiday without a few batches of these treats ready and waiting. They're the perfect dessert for a heavy seder meal, and a sweet treat for the intermediate days of the holiday.

Ingredients

  1. 2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  2. 1 cup chocolate chips
  3. 1 cup walnuts, finely ground (prepackaged finely ground gives the best
  4. 3/4 cup sugar
  5. 2 1/4 teaspoons espresso powder or instant coffee powder
  6. 1/2 cup unsalted pareve margarine
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 8 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 6 Tablespoons cake meal
  11. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix together cake meal, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl melt bittersweet chocolate and margarine. In a third bowl, using an electric mixer, beat eggs, sugar, espresso powder, and vanilla until very thick and pale, about 3 minutes. Stir the egg mixture into the warm chocolate. Mix in dry ingredients, chocolate chips, and ground walnuts.

Let the batter sit for at least ten minutes, up to an hour. (This is very important. The batter stiffens as it sits and makes much better cookies the longer it sits. It does not need to be refrigerated.) Then drop rounded tablespoons of batter onto nonstick baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes, and allow to cool for five minutes before removing.

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Tamar Fox is an associate editor at MyJewishLearning.com. She has an MFA in fiction writing from Vanderbilt University, and a BA from the University of Iowa. She has worked as the editor of the religion blog at Jewcy.com, and is on the Editorial Board at The Jew and the Carrot. She spent a summer as a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar, and was a Senior Apprentice Artist for four years at Gallery 37 in Chicago.

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