Chocolate Blood Orange Parfaits

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Chocolate-orange flourless cookies atop sweetened Greek yogurt dazzle the taste buds while beautiful blood oranges add extra eye appeal. 

Prep Time

120 minutes

Cook Time

50 minutes


8 Servings


1⁄2 teaspoon blood orange (zest)
3⁄4 cup cocoa
1⁄2 cup sugar, powdered
1⁄8 teaspoon salt
4 egg white (large)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup walnuts (coarsely chopped)
6 cups yogurt, Greek (non-fart)
1 1⁄2 cups sugar, powdered
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 blood orange
  mint sprig (for garnish)


To make the cookies: Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Heat oven to 350°F. Zest ½ tsp blood orange zest into a small bowl, reserve. In a large bowl or stand mixer, whisk cocoa, ½ cup powdered sugar and salt. In a glass measuring cup, combine egg whites and vanilla, then slowly beat into dry ingredients on low speed. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes, until glossy. Mix walnuts and blood orange zest into batter. Drop quarter-cup mounds 3 inches apart on the prepared pan and use a spoon to spread the batter out to half-inch thick cookies.

Put sheet pan on the middle oven rack and reduce heat to 325°F. Bake cookies until thin cracks appear, about 15 to 17 minutes. Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan, peeling off the parchment paper if necessary.

To make the parfait filling: Place yogurt in a medium bowl and stir in powdered sugar and vanilla; reserve. Cut an orange in half and squeeze juice from one half into a small cup. Use a knife to slice the rind and pith away from the remaining orange and half-orange, and then use a paring knife to remove segments from the white membranes. Cut segments in half crosswise.

To assemble: Use eight wine glasses or glass ramekins. Break each cookie into 4 pieces. Place one-third cup of yogurt mixture in each glass or ramekin, then add 2 pieces of cookie. Top with another 1/3 cup yogurt, add 4 orange pieces and 2 more cookie pieces, then drizzle blood orange juice around the edge of glass. Repeat process.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and garnish with sprigs of mint before serving.


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