Passover Chocolate Espresso Cookies

An unusual dessert for your seder.


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Passover desserts are a conundrum. There are plenty of very rich flourless chocolate cakes out there, and you can find any number of Passover recipes for dry and heavy cookies. But if you want something that's light and a little different, it can be hard to find a recipe that satisfies.

A few years ago my family stumbled across a recipe for Chocolate Espresso Cookies that called for very little flour, and my mother decided to try it on Passover, substituting cake meal for flour. The cookies were a success, and now we won't begin the holiday without a few batches of these treats ready and waiting. They're the perfect dessert for a heavy seder meal, and a sweet treat for the intermediate days of the holiday.<<< Less


6 Tablespoons cake meal
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup unsalted pareve margarine
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons espresso powder or instant coffee powder
2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, finely ground (prepackaged finely ground gives the best


3 doz cookies

Categories: Dessert, Chocolate, cookies, Holidays, Sweet, Pesach


Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix together cake meal, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl melt bittersweet chocolate and margarine. In a third bowl, using an electric mixer, beat eggs, sugar, espresso powder, and vanilla until very thick and pale, about 3 minutes. Stir the egg mixture into the warm chocolate. Mix in dry ingredients, chocolate chips, and ground walnuts.

Let the batter sit for at least ten minutes, up to an hour. (This is very important. The batter stiffens as it sits and makes much better cookies the longer it sits. It does not need to be refrigerated.) Then drop rounded tablespoons of batter onto nonstick baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes, and allow to cool for five minutes before removing.

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Tamar Fox

Tamar Fox is a writer and editor living in Philadelphia. Her children's book, No Baths at Camp, was published in 2013 by Kar-Ben, and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, the Jerusalem Post, Tablet Magazine,, and many other publications.