Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Claudia's Meringue Cookies

Meringue cookie
My sixteen year old daughter, Claudia has a new found love for baking, so the other night we decided to give these simple meringue cookies a whirl. Meringue cookies are light, airy and very sweet so we decided a small sprinkle of dark chocolate bits would balance out these little tasty treats.


2 egg whites
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of dark chocolate, chopped


Preheat your oven to 300˙. Separate eggs carefully, (make sure no egg yolk gets mixed in with your egg whites) Place the egg whites in a large mixer. In a separate bowl measure cream of tartar, salt and sugar together. Beat the egg whites on a high speed with an electric mixer until white peaks start to form and they hold their shape when the mixer is lifted from the bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients and vanilla while the mixer is on a high speed. This should take 3-5 minutes if the ingredients are added slowly. Mix until whites hold a firm peak and look glossy. Fold in your chocolate bits. Drop a small spoonful onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25 minutes. Do not let the cookies turn brown.



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