Monday, January 6, 2014

Flourless Chocolate Citrus Cookies & A Giveaway!


I don't know if it was all the health food I started eating after the holidays, or the pleasantly cool weather (which always make me want to bake), but I started craving these cookies like crazy about one week back. So, this weekend I decided to make them again, but with a bit of a twist since my kumquat shrub was heavy with fruit. I've always been a fan of the pairing of citrus and chocolate (does anyone else remember these? I was OBSESSED with them as a child), so I decided to put them together in a tasty, brownie-like cookie. I used kumquats for this recipe but you could easily substitute oranges or tangerines instead, just try to get organic ones since you're incorporating the zest into the recipe and don't want any pesticides in the cookies.


I also incorporated a little heat in the form of cayenne pepper to complement the citrus element, which ended up working really, realllllllly well together. I've never had spiced citrus before, the closest would have to be fresh mango and pineapple slices lightly dusted with chile powder at this Mexican restaurant I used to go to, which always tasted insanely good, so it makes sense that it works well with citrus, too. It's kind of opened up a while new world of spicy citrus flavors, so I'm planning on making a spicy vanilla citrus popsicle once summer comes around and I. Can. Not. Wait.



Also, I have a little giveaway for you today! I purchased a lovely walnut wood spatula a while back (you can see it in the photo below) and enjoyed it so much that I ordered another one to giveaway to one of you. Merriweather of Montana is not sponsoring this giveaway, I just think their stuff is really beautiful and well-crafted and wanted to share it :) To enter the giveaway, use the widget below. The giveaway closes on January 20th at 11:59 pm PST. Good luck, everyone!!

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Note: Makes about 2 dozen cookies. If you are using kumquats, its easier to pull off the peel by hand and dice the peel; if you're using tangerines or oranges, it's easiest to grate the peel.

Ingredients:


3 Large Egg Whites (if you're using small eggs from your own chickens, use 4)
2 and 1/4 Cups Powdered Sugar
1 Cup Dutch Press Cocoa Powder
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon fresh kumquat, tangerine, or orange juice
1/4 cup grated or diced organic kumquat, tangerine, or orange zest
1 and 1/3 Cups Dark Chocolate Chips (I recommend using Ghirardelli)



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a sheet of parchment paper on top of a baking sheet. Set aside.

Mix together the egg whites, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, cayenne, citrus juice, and 2 tablespoons of the zest. Stir in the chocolate chips until evenly distributed. At this point, the texture of the dough should be about halfway between the consistency of cake batter and regular cookie dough.


Scoop the dough onto the greased parchment paper baking sheet, making 1.5-inch circles. The cookies will spread a lot when you bake them, so give at least 4 inches of space between each cookie dough mound. Sprinkle the remaining zest over the tops of the cookies. Place the sheet in the oven and bake for 8-9 minutes.


When you remove them from the oven, they will still look a bit wet, but let them sit and cool to room temperature on the baking sheet before attempting to remove them. Be careful when removing them after cooling has completed, however, because their softness can cause them to tear if you're especially rough. I recommend greasing your spatula to help make moving them off the parchment paper easier. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool a bit more and firm up a bit before serving.






77 comments:

  1. Those look amazing!! Your pictures are always beautiful :)

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  2. Look so yummy eva! I love everything with citrus!
    Does the giveaway open for readers abroad ?

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  3. Yes! Anyone anywhere is welcome :) And thank you for your kind comment!!

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    1. Great,Thanks! and you welcome, I enjoy your blog very much! :)

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  4. I definitely need more kumquat in my life! Actually, I've never baked with it. These sound great!

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  5. I love fruit cakes!! With many layers and lots of fruit! Your cookies look yummy!!!

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  6. I like to eat citrus (like clementines) by itself.I like to put limes on top of my key lime pies.I like lemon and lime cookies.

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  7. my favorite citrus is a cold glass of grapefruit juice! as for eating, i love a classic lemon tart. yum.

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  8. Those chocolate oranges are THE COOLEST. I actually didn't discover them until my senior year of high school, when I was stuck in the London Heathrow airport for 7 hours. (I was so jet-lagged I felt like I was on hallucinating, so I just wandered around the duty free shops buying random things. Which included a chocolate orange and a Buffy the Vampire Slayer-themed tin of Chupa Chups.)

    I love love love the idea of combining chocolate, citrus, and some spicy heat. And these cookies look so beautiful with all those little kumquat rind bits in them! I had a crazy craving for brownies today, and now I'm wishing I'd put some citrus in them. :)

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  9. Yum yum yum! Those cookies are beautiful and the spatula is too!

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  10. My favorite way to eat citrus is in breads.
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  11. I am a sucker for anything with citrus in it. I always land up adding a tad bit every time I bake cake or cookies. This sounds so rich and looks stunning!

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  12. I love citrus peel in chocolate, whether a bar or in something like a molten chocolate cake!

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  13. Wish I were brave enough to try making a citrus type cookie. Never had one, can't imagine what it would be like, but I do love the pairing of orange and dark chocolate.

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  14. I love mandarin oranges halfway dipped in chocolate. They are delicious!

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  15. I love eating citrus in any way, shape, or form, but especially in baked goods (lemon, orange) and on meat (lime)!

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  16. Oh my woooooord!! Yummmmmm!! Thank you for this! :) xo

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  17. These cookies look amazing! I love that they're flourless + chocolate + citrusy + have a touch of heat. Absolutely going to be making these ASAP! And that wooden spatula is beeeeeaaaauuuuuuuuuuuuuutiful!!

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  18. I remember seeing these beauties on instagram, they look incredible, and these days I'm all in citrus mood :)

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  19. ANY way! I love love love citrus in dessert though :)

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  20. I like citrus any way, someday I want to try making crystallized oranges or grapefruit.

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  21. I pretty much love citrus no matter how it comes! But I think jams and jellies might be one of my favorite ways. (And great photography here...as always!)

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  22. i think fresh picked fruit is the most delicious thing, not to be meddle with!

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  23. I love that your kumquat shrub is so heavy with fruit that you got to make cookies with them! Is it one of the plants you bought for your wedding? So fun. I have an azalea plant that Kevin bought for me when I finished my Master's degree...it's still kicking, and it's blooming right now! Plants for special occasions are like gifts that keep on giving, especially if they're hardy and near impossible to kill. (I killed an air plant once, so...) Those chocolate oranges...DANG. I had a mad craving for them a few years ago, so I bought one. It was so sweet that I could barely get through it! Oh, adult palates. I'll always love how they're packaged, though. What a beautiful spatula! I love how dark walnut wood is. That deep, almost-black brown is probably my favorite.

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  24. i like citrus as a zest in baking. And these cookies look so heavenly. love spicy combination with chocolate.

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  25. These cookies look amazing and I will be giving this recipe a go this weekend. Access to kumquats is questionable, so worst case I will substitute oranges/orange zest. Gorgeous photos as well!!

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  26. Incredible cookies!! I love using the zest of citrus in baking very much...rubbing the zest with sugar is just the best!!

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  27. Citrus and chocolate is a flavor combination that I haven't played with very much before, I'm going to have to give these a try!

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  28. I love the combination of chocolate with citrus. I make a chocolate orange mousse that is heavenly. Love the touch of heat in this. Thank you for the giveaway Eva.

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  29. What a great combination! I will have to try these out!

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  30. These look fantastic. I recently made a mexican chocolate cake - inspired by the spices in Mexican Hot Cocoa - and it was utterly divine. I can imagine the same flavors are amazing in these cookies too!

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  31. I enjoy citrus in some baked goods.

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  32. I love just a plain orange in segments (I usually have one each day). I have a glass of orange juice each day too (fresh squeezed) and I love to put lemon juice in my water.

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  33. I like to eat every kind of citrus fruit in a different way - can't choose only one... Lemon with almonds. Grapefruit with a little vanilla sugar as I was used to as a child. Oranges and dark chocolate? Yes please!

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  34. What a wonderful giveaway. My winter go to citrus recipes are to add bits of citrus to green salads since tomatoes here in the Rocky Mountains are definitely not local this time of year and the citrus adds just the perfect but of texture and tang. Also, I will cut up a blend of one or two citrus, use a bit of honey and heat to be a nice syrup for French toast, waffles or pancakes.

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  35. those are some deeply dark and decadent cookies, eva! what a neat addition--pretty sure i've never tasted a kumquat... :o

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  36. Yum! Those cookies look like yummy chocolate puddles : ) I love adding citrus to brighten sauces.

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  37. Thsoe cookies look AWESOME! I love blood oranges in a slaw with cabbage and a yogurt dressing. :)

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  38. I like to add oranges to salads and the juice of oranges to muffins.

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  39. I actually LOVE the orange and chocolate combo--one of my favorites. Lemon (and citrus) desserts are usually my favorite: lemon curd, lemon tarts, candied orange peel, citrus almond cake (http://food-ology.blogspot.com/2010/03/citrus-almond-cake.html), etc.

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  40. I'm crazy about citrus and add the juice of a lime to my water, daily. I also like to eat the fresh oranges from my father's orange trees.

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  41. My favorite way to enjoy citrus is in liquid form- whether a splash in my tea or cocktails!

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  42. Those cookies look delicious. And no flour! Yay!

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  43. I love most of my citrus with chili powder!

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  44. My favourite way to enjoy citrus is grating the rind into my hot chocolate :)

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  45. i like flourless cookies. these look great!

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  46. I like to juice my oranges and add lemon and limes to seltzer water.

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  47. These look amazing! Gonna make them tomorrow! Do you think grapefruits would be too strange with this recipe? I have some I need to use before the go bad.

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  48. My favorite way is to make juice from it.

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  49. We eat so much citrus - our meyer lemon tree has been fruiting since we moved in in March! My favorite way to eat it is to candy the orange or lemon peels.

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  50. I like to use citrus zest and juice in baking, especially breads

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  51. I love fresh citrus right off the trees at my parent's or mother-in-law's house. I also love citrus infused waffles with a dark chocolate sauce.

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  52. Stunning.. Really nice photos.. was looking all day for something like this, I can’t wait to try it.

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  53. citrus in drinks... mint lemonade is so delicious!

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  54. I love to add citrus to soups and curries, for that bit of zip!

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  55. I've yet to have the pleasure of a kumquat, but somehow, you've stirred up the craving for a taste unknown. These cookies are a must, in my book. I might have to sneak in a teaspoon or two of espresso, though, because citrus, coffee, and chocolate happens to be absolutely amazing, however strange it may sound.

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  56. My favourite way to eat citrus is probably lemon meringue or key lime pie

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  57. I love citrus in beef and chicken.

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  58. The best way to consume citrus is in cocktails, naturally.

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  59. My favorite way to eat citrus is in smoothies and juices!

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  60. right off the bush!

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  61. straight out of the store. Peel and eat!

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  62. These look really good! But I don't eat eggs, so - what do you suggest instead of them? Thanks.


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  63. Excited to try, thanks for sharing!

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  64. chocolate and citrus is delicious. Thanks.

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  65. Cookies without a flour, how this happen. But anyway its a good idea to those who don't like a flour. Thanks for this. Be one of us, private chef in austin. God Bless!

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  66. I love kumquats and make a pretty good marmalade but I've never tried them in cookies. Great idea.

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