Here's an astounding achievement: chocolate-nut biscuits with less than one gram of fat each! The secret is meringue. These biscuits contain no butter or margarine and no egg yolks, yet they're tender and rich tasting.
1/3 cup walnuts
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons icing sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 large egg whites
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Preheat the oven to 150°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Toast the walnuts in a small saucepan, stirring frequently, until crisp and fragrant, about 7 minutes. When cool enough to handle, coarsely chop.
Sift together 1/2 cup icing sugar, cocoa powder and cinnamon.
Place the egg whites in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in the cocoa mixture with a spatula. Gently fold in the nuts.
Drop generous teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto the baking trays, spacing them 2 cm apart. Bake until set, about 20 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack. Dust with the remaining icing sugar just before serving.
Despite their relatively high kilojoule count, walnuts and other nuts eaten in small amounts every day can help keep cholesterol levels low.
Meringues are sensitive to humidity (they'll absorb moisture and become sticky), so bake them on a fairly dry day. Place them in an airtight container once they've cooled completely. If you live in a humid climate, seal the meringues in a freezer bag and freeze them.