Chewy dark chocolate and hazelnut biscuits

So grandma and grandad are coming to visit, we are all excited but grandma is coeliac so the challenge is on to make something delicious but without wheat. I realise that something I make and adore is gluten free without even trying to be. These biscuits have absolutely no flour and even better no butter. They are intense, chewy and totally yummy.


250 g dark chocolate chopped into small pieces
3 large egg whites, at room temp
250 g icing sugar plus 75 g for coating
60 g cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp corn flour
1/4 tsp salt
40 g chopped hazelnuts

Preheat the oven to 180 C and grease two baking trays. Melt 200 g of the chocolate (reserving 50g aside) in a bowl in the microwave on high for 30 second bursts, stirring each time until its all melted. Leave aside to cool. In a clean bowl, whisk your egg whites till the soft peak stage then add 125g of icing sugar and whisk till stiff and shiny. In another bowl mix together 125g of icing sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, corn flour and salt. Then slowly add small amounts to the egg mixture whisking slowly after each amount until all stiff and glossy. Now quickly add your melted chocolate, chopped nuts and reserved chocolate and mix in. It will probably seize up a little but keep mixing until fully incorporated. Now scoop tablespoons of the mixture and coat them well in the last 75g of icing sugar and gently shape them into balls before placing them on the prepared tray. Should make around 20. Bake for around 10 minutes until slightly firm and crackled on top. Cool on a wire rack.


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