Wednesday, December 12, 2012

surprise meringues

surprise-meringues

Growing up, my best friend’s mom used to give us a big tray of Christmas cookies every year. My favorites on the tray were white meringues that melt in your mouth, with (surprise!) delicious chocolate chips inside. I haven’t had them in years because my friend’s mom is still in Chicago, and I am not… but I recreated them myself for a cookie exchange with my friends today. I’m not sure if this is the recipe that she uses, but they taste the same!

Ingredients:
4 egg whites, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon mint extract or peppermint extract (can leave out if you don’t like mint)
1 cup mini chocolate chips



Directions:
Beat egg whites in a large bowl with a mixer (on medium) until frothy. Add cream of tartar; continue beating until soft peaks form. Increase the mixer speed to medium-high. Add the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until sugar is dissolved. Wait for stiff peaks to form. (This took about 15 minutes of mixing for me.) Beat in the extracts until well blended.


Mixture starting to thicken here


Stiff peaks.

Stir in the chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 1-inch apart onto foil-lined baking sheets sprayed with no-stick cooking spray.

Bake all the cookies at the same time in a preheated 225 degree oven for 45 minutes. Turn off the oven. Let the meringues stay in the oven for 1 hour or until completely cooled.

The recipe says this makes 72 meringues, but they would be tiny. Mine made about 44 medium-sized cookies.

Enjoy!

I’m also doing a virtual cookie exchange—click on the button below to find more tasty Christmas cookie recipes!

10 comments:

  1. oh i love these! i made meringues for thanksgiving but i've been looking for another cookie recipe to add to my christmas stash. these might just make the cut!

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  2. YUM! I have never made meringues...I need to give these a try. Thanks for linking up!

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  3. Lordy those look amazing. "stiff peaks" huh? I'm going to start using that term more often. Then my husband might think I actually know a thing or two about cooking. Fat chance, but still.

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  4. ohhhh boy, do those sound DELICIOUS!
    i just may have to try these out (although i'm nervous to attempt these...i tend to overthink when i bake and create a disaster.)

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  5. Meringues with chocolate chips inside?! Who knew something so delicious could get even MORE delicious! Great blog!

    sarahjsee.blogspot.com

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  6. ahh yum! i could always use more sweets in my life :)

    happyleeliving.blogspot.com

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  7. Mmmm, these look soo good! My mom made these a couple of times and they were definitely a hit! I'll have to try these for myself :)

    xo

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  8. These look so good! I am going to have to make them : )
    Katherine
    www.jagstyleblog.com

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