2 cups pecan halves, toastedStep one: preheat oven to 320F degrees. Put the pecans on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 10 minutes. Then, line (preferably rimmed) baking sheets with parchment paper.
4 cups confectioner's (powdered) sugar
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Step two: make sure your pecans have cooled a bit, then chop coarsely and set aside. Sift together the confectioner's sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Stir in the nuts, then add the egg whites and vanilla. Stir until well combined.
Step three: spoon the batter onto the prepared sheets in mounds of about 1 to 2 tablespoons each, allowing for PLENTY of room between cookies: these cookies really expand. Put about 6 cookies on each sheet, and try to avoid placing the batter too close to the edge of the pan.
Step four: bake until they puff up. The tops should get glossy, and then crack a bit - about 12 -15 minutes. Have faith, these cookies really do surprise you. At first, they look like runny poop, then they really blossom and look appetizing.
Step five: slide the cookies still on parchment onto a cooling rack, and let them cool completely. They will keep in an airtight for a couple days. This recipe makes about 18 LARGE cookies.
Rebel Baker's Note: I made these cookies for the V-Day bake sale at my law school. V-Day is a global movement and series of consciousness-raising events to end violence against girls and women through public performances, education, and networking. I'm on the fundraising committee and will be hosting an event featuring the band The Nightlife on March 25th at Tess's Lark Tavern in Albany, NY. So please come!!!
NOTE: This recipe is from 101 Cookbooks; originally entitled "Chocolate Puddle Cookies" but I thought they looked more like Cow Plops. 101 Cookbooks is an amazing cooking/baking website that I highly suggest you take a gander at. I substituted some organic ingredients they used for some Ghetto Chopper buys and I used pecans instead of walnuts... Also, I used wax paper. Which is NOT a good idea because the cookies tended to stick to the paper and it was super hard to get them off of it.