Welcome to The Cookie Monster, a blog about the most marvelous, versatile, and beloved bakeable item in the land: The cookie. You may see occassional forays into pies, bars, and other sweet treats, but my main focus is and has always been on the bite sized genius behind my very favorite snack. Happy Baking!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Chocolate Meringues. Success!

Man, I am the worst blogger ever lately! Sorry folks, I have been VERY busy with wedding shenanigans and unfortunately my baking frequency has suffered the consequences. HOWEVER, I did finally make a successful batch of meringues which Joe and I handily devoured shortly thereafter. Third time is a charm.

Since I wasn't thrilled with the flavor of the cardamom meringues, I decided I would try good old fashioned chocolate for a flavor. Here's the recipe I used:


3 egg whites, room temp and carefully divided
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

First I beat together the egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar. I think the cream of tartar was the key, because of the leavening action. It allowed me to slowly add my sugar and then, at last, the elusive..... Stiff Peaks! Yes!

Then it was time to gently fold in the cocoa powder, which I totally should have sifted before hand but I was too lazy. It was Saturday afternoon and I was a few beers in already.....

Instead of using a pastry bag, I simply filled a big freezer bag with the batter, and snipped off one of the corners. Then I piped the meringue into pretty little kisses on my baking sheet.

Ta-da They look a lot better that the flat-as-a-pancake attempts of old.

Then into the oven at 300 degrees for 25 minutes.

And we have light, fluffy, sweet little treats.

I'm a big fan of these and I'll definitely be making them again. next up on the baking agenda is a trial-run of my wedding cookie project (you didn't think I'd get married without baking for my own wedding did you?) I'll have to figure out how to share the trial run with ya without giving away the final project. It's gonna be the bomb.

Happy July!