This kids’ dessert is fun, healthy, and easy. The gluten-free little chocolate drops are my all-time favorite cookie, and so I never make them. (No self control around these things, but I make an exception to share this recipe with you!) It’s my mom’s recipe, though we never knew anything about ‘gluten free’ when I was a kid, we just liked the soft chocolate taste and texture. And this is not just a kids’ cookie; they’re great with an afternoon cup of coffee or for a TV-watching snack.
I skewered the cookies, along with some fresh berries, on a wooden kebab stick, to make an easy-to-serve dessert treat. The cookies have only five ingredients and are low in sugar, so eating three little cookies off the kebab won’t send anyone into a sugar craze. There is a crafting opportunity for kids as well, if you want to let them design their own little paper pennants for the tops of the wooden sticks. I used reversible wrapping paper and glued on the little triangles with Elmer’s glue. This is a great playdate activity, because kids can make the pennants while the cookies are baking, and then assemble the kebabs themselves.
Little Chocolate Drops
Serves: makes four dozen medium-sized cookies
Prep time: 45 minutes
- 3 egg whites
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- ¾ cup unblanched almonds, grated finely
- 4 ounces milk chocolate, grated finely
- assorted berries, banana slices or tangerine segments for skewers
- wooden kebab skewers
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
- Beat egg whites with salt until soft white peaks form.
- Add sugar slowly, mixing at medium speed. Beat for two more minutes after last sugar has been added.
- Fold in almonds and chocolate gently, then spoon on to a Silpat-covered baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
- Cookies will be soft when they come out of the oven, and it’s easiest to skewer them while they’re still warm.
- Slide fruit and cookies on to wooden skewers.
- I used a piece of oasis in a ceramic cup to stick the kebabs into, and topped the oasis with a layer of chocolate chips to make a finished presentation. Enjoy!