July 23, 2009

Chocolate Chip Meringues

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My husband and I took the week off last week so we could hang out with the kids. Nothing too exciting (a staycation, if you will), we basically just took them swimming, bowling, shopping, and did a lot of hanging around the house. Not to say that we weren’t busy – one of the projects we tackled was the making of ice cream throughout the week.

Each kid got a chance to prepare ice cream, whatever flavor they desired. As I presented this opportunity to them, I imagined we would be preparing all sorts of creative, never-seen-before ice cream concoctions. Nope. Chocolate, Vanilla with chocolate, and chocolate with chocolate swirl. I suppose I had forgotten that sometimes, the simplest answer is the best, at least when it comes to our kids and food. (This also means that most of my culinary experiments are lost on them…oh well.)

So after making batch after batch of ice cream, I wondered what to do with all of the leftover egg whites. I threw some into breakfast tacos (along with a whole egg or two – I’m not a fan of “egg white only” scrambled eggs). But I still had leftovers. Hmmm…what gluten-free baked goods could I make with egg whites (without a trip to the store)? The signs all pointed to one solution – meringues.

Meringues are one of the easier desserts to make, as they only use a handful of ingredients. At their most basic, they only contain egg whites and sugar. This recipe is adapted from Emeril Lagasse’s recipe for Forgotten Kisses. My only change was that I eliminated nuts from his recipe, and used miniature chocolate chips, as they were on hand. They came together pretty quickly, and since the oven is turned off after preheating to bake them, I felt comfortable diverting my attention elsewhere for the remainder of the afternoon. Of course, after several hours had passed, I returned to remove them from the oven, and “taste test” one of the meringues. These treats are sweet and light, and delightfully melt in your mouth. The kids enjoyed them as well. Brittany exclaimed more than once while eating them “Wow, these are really good!”

 

Meringues, aka Forgotten Kisses, adapted from Emeril Lagasse

2 large egg whites, at room temperature

1/2 t cream of tartar

2/3 c granulated sugar

1 t vanilla extract

1 c miniature chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and beat until fluffy but not dry. Add the sugar gradually. When half of the sugar has been added, add the vanilla extract. Continue beating and adding sugar in batches, until all of the sugar is dissolved and the meringue is very glossy and tight. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.

Working one teaspoon at a time, push a teaspoonful of meringue from the tip of one teaspoon with the back of another teaspoon onto the lined baking sheets. Space meringues 1 inch apart. Place baking sheets in oven and turn the oven off. Leave the cookies in the oven for at least 2 hours, or until cookies are crisp and dry. (don’t disturb or open the oven for 2 hours.)

Makes about 3 1/2 to 4 dozen cookies.

17 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Meringues”

  1. Nice. I tried making merigues once to only have it as an epic fail. When i’m for it again I’ll brave the kitchen and try your version. I just love the addition of the chocolate chips.

  2. Yum!
    That’s great that you guys took a staycation–those are the best!

  3. This loks so mouth watreing, Sounds easy too. “ll have to give a try.

  4. Hello, thanks for stopping by today! I hope I can try out this recipe soon. Yeap, it’s in my list!

  5. This is such a great idea and so resourceful. We are making ice cream this weekend and now we just have to do the meringues too…thanks, best, s

  6. Meringues are one of our fave treats. We’ve only done a couple of versions, but never with chocolate chips. Yum.

  7. I love these. Back when my daughter was in college, her sorority had a mother/daughter weekend. Someone made meringues and they were all different colors and flavors. Orange with orange extract, lavender (not sure flavor), pink (peppermint), yellow (lemon) and green (mint). They looked beautiful on a tray and good still with the chocolate chips in them. — Sherry

  8. What a nice summer treat. They are so light, they should go down easily. Send me some. C

  9. yummy treats! I think I won’t be able to stop eating them. I sorta have an addiction to cookies type treats hehehe

  10. These look wonderful! My grandmother used to make meringues like this. She would fill half of them with chocolate and the other half with crystallized ginger. They were a favorite treat for all of the kids.

  11. What is the nutritional value for meringues? Are they healthier than other cookies?

    • The Chocolate Priestess – I’m not sure they could be considered “healthy”, but they are lower in calories than some other cookies. I just did a bit of calculation, and if you make 4 dozen out of this recipe, that comes to about 30 calories a meringue. I suppose, if you wanted to add in that egg whites have protein, you could argue that they do have nutrition! It’s that pesky sugar and chocolate chips that make them “not” healthy. :)

  12. thanks for stopping by my site……..how bout for a light dessert, meringues with peach soup!

  13. I love Meringues and this looks wonderful…They are wonderful for you and taste so INCREDIBLE.

  14. Also you can use some our Cocoa Butter Flavored disc in the Meringue to make them flavored .It would only take a small amount. Than add some bits of our real Cocoa Butter Chocolate, Maybe after done drizzle one our flavored dessert sauces on them.

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