I think we’d all like to imagine tiny Bruce Wayne sitting down to some nice Alfred-made milk & cookies. It’s a cute little innocent image. But of course, Bruce grew into something not so innocent, and very dark & brooding. So, of course, he needs some dark & brooding cookies.
These are some dark, dark looking chocolaty cookies, so they only make sense for the cape crusader. They’re dense, and mysteriously delicious. They taste pretty darn fancy, but are incredibly quick & easy to make. So of course, they’ll be a hit at a party or among friends, if you were to let some into your isolated cave.
To make them you just need a few ingredients:
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup dark cocoa powder (or regular, if you prefer your cookies less brooding)
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla (or, 2 teaspoons of very strong coffee)
I put the “or” for the last ingredient because I’ve made it both ways. There’s been too many times where I’ve started making this recipe and discovered that I was out of vanilla extract. So I discovered you can easily substitute the same amount of strong coffee. To make that, I just took a little more than an ounce of hot water, and added a heaping spoonful of the espresso powder. So, that ingredient is your choice, or based on what you’ve got on hand. They’re just as delicious either way.
So, to start, sift or mix together all your dry ingredients into a bowl or bowl to a stand mixer. The sugar, cocoa powder espresso powder, and salt. Make sure the whole lot of it is all nice and evenly mixed. Holy dry ingredients, Batman! As you’ll see, this is a whole lot of dry ingredient, which is why these cookies are so damn fudgy. It’s a shark repellent level of awesome. To that, slowly stir in your egg whites and vanilla/espresso. It’ll take a little while for the wet ingredients to start getting incorporated, so be sure to mix it well and scrape the sides of the bowl often. Once it’s mixed, it will be a kind of stiff but silky looking, super dark batter.
Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly grease or line two cookie sheets. I find it works best lined with parchment paper, but greasing is of course just fine. Drop the cookies by good sized spoonfuls on to the cookie sheet, or use a cookie scoop. I find the cookie scoop delivers the most even, pretty cookies, but I couldn’t find mine this day. Give the cookies a little space on the sheet, as they will spread a little bit, and if you get to close they will distance themselves into an isolation of tortured emotion. Bake them for about 8-10 minutes. When they’re done, the cookies will become a shiny and a bit cracked on top, of course from all the hardship they’ve encountered in their childhood. Let these buddies cool on the sheet for a good while, or else it will be a bit hard to get them up from the sheet. However, once they’re cooled a bit and off the sheet, you can dig right in because you should not wait to eat these. But be careful, they are quite addictive and also have commitment issues.
I’m obsessed with these cookies, Fangirls. I make them all the time, because they’re so damn easy, and so fucking tasty. They’re perfect to set the mood for any Batman movie marathon or epic re-reading of Frank Miller perfection.
So bake these up, devour them, but make sure to have a trusted, chipper sidekick at your side to pull you out of the depths of your deep, dark food coma.
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