Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies

Desserts for a wedding!

A friend was getting married and a couple of us were making the desserts. The goal was to have many different types of bite size treats for the guests to have after a tasty BBQ dinner. The treats I was tasked with were these amazing chocolate cookies, originally found here.

Now I had seen these cookies around a couple of times at different get togethers I had been at, the girl that normally makes these was coming in from out of the country so I got to bake them. She emailed me the recipe and I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that these were gluten free! Made without either butter or flour! There was a couple of challenges were overcome with this recipe, the first is I don’t have a mixer, I know I know with all the cooking/baking I do I should have one but I don’t. The second is that I don’t have a microwave either. Don’t worry I am indeed a bit strange with that one, but really it frees up counter space and I have one I use at work for leftovers. This recipe really needs both, now I could have made a double boiler but without a mixer I was still in a bind. That is until my friend Theresa texted to see if I was interested in a baking party! You better believe I was!

20130528-105544.jpg In case you were wondering, her dessert involved strawberries!!

Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies

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Ingredients:
1 ½ cups bittersweet chocolate chips, divided
3 large egg whites, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar (will need extra to roll cookies in)
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp cornstarch
¼ tsp salt

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, spray 2 large baking sheets with nonstick spray. Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave. I did 30 second intervals, stirring after each round
2. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites in a large bowl to soft peaks. Gradually beat in 1 cup of sugar. Continue beating until mixture resembles soft marshmallow crème.
3. Whisk 1 cup sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt in a medium bowl. On low speed, beat dry ingredients into meringue (don’t pronounce the e at the end). Stir in lukewarm chocolate and ½ cup of the unmelted chocolate chips. (This will make the dough really stiff)
4. Round 1 rounded tablespoon of the dough into a ball, and coat in powdered sugar.
5. Place on prepared cookie sheet, and bake for 8-10 minutes.

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First time using a mixer! Big steps here guys :)

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Squat challenge

Have you all seen this? I am going to try and finish this challenge, but that’s a lot of squats near the end. Anyone else want to take up this challenge with me? I’m starting it today!!

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I know I haven’t posted much about my workouts lately but I have thankfully been getting back into the routine of working out early in the morning! Also I found that the gym I go to has Nautilus weights, which I love. Now, if for some reason I can’t make the morning weights class on Tuesdays and Thursdays I can still get my lifting in!

Strike a Pose – Cincinnati Zoo Style

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I find that when going to a museum, zoo or really any public place imitating the animals or statues or paintings can capture some of the best pictures of your friends and you. Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts going places with people who like to have fun is key to making it an amazing experience. This is the final and possibly the funniest installment on the Cincinnati Zoo.

What animal am I?

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Maybe if I act like one I’ll gain the speed of a cheetah? Not so much but it was worth a try.

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20130507-110847.jpg Are the real flamingos the ones in the above picture or the below picture? I just don’t know…

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The prettiest bears at the zoo.

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Is there anything more awkward than a turtle, only people pretending to be an awkward turtle.

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When statues are scattered throughout parks sometimes they can be overlooked in favor of the living exhibits, animals. This is the; become living art! Bringing living elements to those statues.

Do you see the raw emotion she has captured here?

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One of the joys of doing this in public is that there are numerous people that benefit and get a great laugh out of it. During this picture we saw the guide who spoke at the Cheetah Run, he laughed at us :)

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Atlas

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You can grow up to be anything you want! Like an archeologist.

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This before and after is wonderful, of course I like the after picture much better!

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20130507-112732.jpg Watch out Carolyn! Thankfully the guy in the next picture came to the rescue and saved her! It was a close one there for a few moments.

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Sometimes taking these amazingly awesome photos doesn’t go exactly as planned, it’s not always easy taking fun pictures. There are a few things to note before scrolling down. 1- I had no idea what was going on, other than I was getting pulled on 2- Check out the expression on the little kid in the background, we are probably the strangest adults he’s ever encountered and 3- nobody was hurt making these pictures.

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Success finally!

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Like I’ve mentioned before Carolyn Loves! Elephants, unfortunately they had their backs to us for most of the time, but that didn’t stop us from capturing some great pictures with them!

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These last couple of ones didn’t really fit into the other categories but are still fun!

Bear Hug!

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We discovered some hidden talents for example Kyle is a Butterfly Whisperer in his spare time. He was even featured in his local newspaper displaying this skill when he was younger!! Local celebrity here guys.

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Me just being a punk.. And below is Kristen doing an awesome photobomb.

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He says he was taking a picture of the cheetahs, but since it is so unlike him we like to pretend this is a picture of Kyle taking a selfie! Hilarious!!

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Wow he’s just like a scuba diver in the Manatee Springs

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One of these is not like the others!! Those goats have no idea that there is a lion in their midst.

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If when you go to the zoo you don’t have these kind of pictures I would definitely recommend taking some on your next adventure!

Click here and here to see the others posts on our adventure at the Cincinnati Zoo. Or here to see what other adventures have gone on this spring/summer!