Utterly delicious Chocolate Espresso Puddle Cookies are fudgy, flourless mocha cookies that are naturally gluten free and also dairy free. Quick and easy to make, they are perfect for using up egg whites too.
235gwalnuts (toasted weight)toasted, cooled and rough ground (using a blender) - To allow for drying, toast about 260g raw, shelled walnuts.
325gicing sugar(powdered or confectioners sugar)
10gINSTANT espresso powder
largepinchfine sea salt
3large egg whitesUK large (Canadian ‘Extra Large’; Australian ‘Jumbo’; and US ‘Extra or Very Large’)
Preparing the toasted ground walnuts (ahead of time)
Pre-heat the oven to 200 C.
Spread the shelled walnut pieces on a tray and roast in the oven for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally to prevent burning.
Once golden, remove from the oven and cool completely.
Pop in a blender and grind to a coarse nut-meal. Be careful not to over-grind.
Making the Puddle Cookies
Base-line about 3 baking trays with baking paper (or batch bake if you don't have enough trays).
Pre-heat the oven to 175 C/325 F/Gas 3.
Place the ground walnuts, icing sugar, cocoa, espresso powder and salt into a bowl/airtight container and mix/shake together until well-blended.
Place the egg whites into a separate large bowl and whisk lightly until slightly frothy.
Add the dry ingredients and the vanilla to the egg whites and beat together with a wooden/silicon spoon until the mixture comes together evenly.
Leaving plenty of space between each for spreading, place spoonfuls of the cookie batter onto the baking trays.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. The cookies should look glossy and slightly cracked on the top when done.
Remove from the oven when baked. As they start to cool, gently lift the bases from the baking paper. If they are difficult to remove, pop them back in the oven and cook for a minute or two longer. (You want to get the baking just right… If you over-bake them they will be too crisp. A perfectly-baked puddle should be crisp on the outside with a fudgy middle).
* Note: nutritional information is an estimate & may vary according to portion size/ingredient variants.