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Editor's note: These cookies would be great sandwiched with a simple ganache or made into larger circles for mint chocolate chip ice cream-cookie sandwiches
Salted Chocolate and Coriander Cookies
Recipe adapted from Erin Kanagy-Loux at Reynard, Brooklyn
Yield: 5 dozen cookies
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Nonstick pan spray
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon whole-wheat flour
1½ tablespoons natural cocoa powder
½ teaspoon freshly ground coriander seed
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
¼ teaspoon finely ground black pepper
⅓ cup semisweet chocolate
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (or organic cane sugar)
1 cup dark brown sugar (preferably organic brown sugar)
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ teaspoons whiskey
Flaky salt for sprinkling
1. Preheat the oven to 375° on convection heat (or 400° for a standard bake setting). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly coat the parchment paper with nonstick pan spray. Onto a separate large sheet of parchment paper, sift together the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cocoa powder, coriander, baking soda, sea salt and black pepper.
2. In a medium bowl, add the chocolate. In a medium saucepan set over high heat, add enough water to fill the pan 1 inch up the sides with water. Once the water comes to a simmer, reduce the heat to low, place the bowl with the chocolate on top and stir often until the chocolate is melted, about 2 minutes. Remove the bowl from the saucepan.
3. Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites and granulated sugar to medium peaks. Add the brown sugar, vanilla and whiskey and whisk to incorporate. Use a rubber spatula to fold the egg-white mixture into the chocolate until the mixture is streaky-looking, then add the sifted flour mixture and gently fold in until completely combined.
4. Fill a pastry bag with the batter and pipe onto the prepared baking sheet in nickel-size rounds, leaving 2 inches between each meringue. Sprinkle each meringue with flaky salt. Bake until set around the edges and puffed in the center, 6 to 7 minutes (or 8 to 10 minutes in a 400° oven). Remove the parchment paper from the baking sheet and place on a wire rack to cool completely before removing the meringues. Repeat with another sheet of parchment paper (lightly coated with nonstick pan spray) and the remaining cookie batter.
Make ahead: The cookies should be baked immediately after making the meringue batter.
Storing: The cookies can be stored on parchment paper in an airtight container for up to 3 days.