I've been rather into meringue cookies lately. They require few ingredients, are easy to make, and best of all, they're pretty much guilt free at just 22 calories a pop. (Bonus: also gluten free - I'll make you some, mom!)
The recipe I use comes from Cooking Light, with helpful tips from me!
- 3 large egg whites (One recipe I looked at said the eggs should be room temperature, so I usually set them out a little while. Who knows if it actually matters.)
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (I consider this optional; depends on how chocolatey you want them or if you have it on hand. And since I was turning these green, I skipped the cocoa this time.)
- 3 tablespoons mini semisweet chocolate chips
Next, add the sugar, a little at a time, while beating on high, until stiff peaks form; I'd say it takes about 1.5 to 2 minutes to get there. Then fold in the mini chocolate chips and/or cocoa. (And of course I also added a little food coloring to be festive)what it looks like stiff - it's just sitting like that, not dripping
Drop tablespoonfuls of batter onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes (or until crisp; mine usually take a little less time).
And when they cool you end up with a nice chewy, slightly chocolatey treat. My green versions turned out looking a little like plops of mint chocolate ice cream, which made me think that adding a little mint extract could be a tasty twist - try that next time!