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Mexican Chocolate Chewies

(recipe, Lisa Fain)


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Introduction

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 are a snap to make. I've added a bit of cinnamon and chipotle chile powder to give them a bit of spice and heat.

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups pecans, roughly chopped
  2. 2½ cups powdered sugar
  3. ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  5. ¼ tsp. chipotle chile powder
  6. ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  7. 3 large egg whites
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  9. 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. While the 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 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.