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Monday, September 19, 2011

chocolate chip meringue cookies

Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

Meringue cookies are airy, yet crisp cookies made of egg whites, sugar and vanilla. These dainty treats are a classic example of even the simplest recipes making a distinguished impression. Sometimes referred to as 'the forgotten cookie,' they are simply piped meringue baking for long hours at low temperatures. My uber sophisticated first impression when biting into this delicate chocolate chip variety of meringue cookies? They taste like astronaut ice cream! 

Confession: I went to Space Camp. My inner nerd had the best week of my life traveling to Mars and eating my weight in freeze-dried ice cream. Unlike the movie, there were no accidental launches to the real planet Mars, but the simulations were pretty darn life like to my pre-teen self! I had dreams of being an astronaut. Dreams which were crushed by the annoying minimum height requirement; which by the way was later lowered to one more attainable by my 5'2" self, but given the current state (or lack thereof) of space exploration, it was probably a blessing in disguise. Looks like I'll be staying within Earth's atmosphere for the remainder of this lifetime. I have high hopes for the next. 

Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

Back to the meringue cookies. On a much more sophisticated level, they really do taste strikingly similar to astronaut ice cream. I hereby promise to make a variety of meringue cookies to the next generation of kids fortunate enough to continue exploring outer space. In the meantime, I'll probably try a few more flavor variations of meringue cookies because nothing makes me happier than an adult version of astronaut ice cream. 

Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies
makes approximately 3 dozen

Ingredients:
4 egg whites, room temperature
2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Cocoa powder, for dusting

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and line baking sheets with parchment paper. 

In a stand mixer, beat egg whites until opaque and foamy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and continue to beat at medium high speed until stiff and glossy. 

Fold in chocolate chips, being careful not to deflate the meringue too much. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip. 

Pipe 'kisses' onto prepared baking sheet and bake for two hours. After two hours, turn the oven off and allow the meringues to sit in unopened oven for an additional hour until they are dry. 

Allow the meringue cookies to cool fully and dust with a light sprinkling of cocoa powder. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. 

Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

19 comments:

Margaretreed71 said...

These are one of my all time favorite cookies.  thanks for reminding me I need to make them soon.

KimBee said...

These look delicious. New follower, follow you on foodbuzz but for some reason I wasn't following your blog. So that's now fixed. This recipe is fantastic. I love the write up. Astronaut ice cream, I love it. 

Alyssa said...

These photos are outstanding!  I used to love astronaunt ice cream as a kid.  Great post!

Ann said...

These are just beautiful!  I'm glad you went to space camp...but I bet you were a little bit disappointed there wasn't an accidental launch!

Grubarazzi said...

I love your colorful recipes and we share a name (Kimmi). can't wait to see more from you. 

Carolyn said...

They look gorgeous.  I had a friend in grad school who made choc chip meringues around Christmas every year and I always loved them.

Kimmie said...

Sounds like my kind of friend! =)

Kimmie said...

Best name ever! =) Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet note!

TammyJo Eckhart, PhD said...

I've never been a big meringue cookie fan but I might try this with more chocolate.

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

How fun that you got to go to space camp! These cookies look really good. I love meringue cookies!

Dee D. said...

Those look notoriously good and super cute!

Dee D. said...

Those look notoriously good and super cute!

Kimmie said...

Thanks, Margaret! Always happy to inspire baking. =)

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes... said...

Space Camp?  Cool!  I am new to meringue!  Only had it in pavlova over the past year.  Would love to try these cute little guys!

Damaris said...

I love meringue cookies. I used to by them at trader joes and then eat the whole thing by myself. They were wonderful. Your cookies look even better and if they taste like astronaut ice cream they must be heavenly. You are so talented my friend.

Kimmie said...

Damaris, you are so sweet! Next time I see you, I'll make a big batch and we can eat the whole thing together. It's therapeutic, you know. =)

Michelle Kuhn said...

Look so yummy! 

Leighlaloo10 said...

delious!!!!

leigh young-Lawler said...

:)