Sunday, December 6, 2015

Chocolate Chanukah Latkes (Cookies)

With the Jewish Holiday of Chanukah  (Hanukkah) starting at sundown, I can't wait to have the traditional feast of Latkes, potato pancakes, with applesauce and sour cream. Be still my arteries.

If you read this blog, you know I often like to make things that look like things they aren't. Chocolate Latkes fit the bill. This recipe is from Chocolate Holidays by Alice Medrich.  Reading the recipe, you'll realize pretty quickly that they're really cookies, but they do look a lot like latkes. Enjoy!


4 large egg whites
3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
3 1/2 ounces dark (65-85% cacao) chocolate, finely chopped
6 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons Madagascar vanilla
Dash 1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Put some water in skillet and bring to low simmer.

2. Combine all ingredients in large heatproof mixing bowl, preferably stainless steel (ingredients heat up faster in stainless steel than in glass). Set bowl in skillet of barely simmering water and stir mixture, scraping bottom to prevent burning, until sticky and hot to touch.

3. Scoop rounded tablespoons of mixture about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Flatten each cookie slightly with fingers to resemble miniature potato pancakes.

4. Bake until cookies feel dry on surface and edges and protruding coconut shreds are dark golden brown (despite chocolate color) and interior still looks like melted chocolate, 13 to 15 minutes. Rotate sheets from front to bake and upper to lower about halfway through. Slide parchment paper onto cooling rack. Cool cookies completely before removing from parchment.

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