January 3, 2010

Christmas Meringues

I really should have posted this before the holidays, but better late than never. These cookies are named for Christmas because in our family we always have them on Christmas and on other special occasions. The recipe comes from Grandma Barbara Reid, one of many of her classics. These cookies look like little clouds of snow, and will stand apart from the rest of the holiday cookie fare. They are simple to make, and will wow your guests!

What's in them
2 egg whites
3/4 C sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
1 C chocolate chips
1 C nuts

How it's made
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (do not forget to do this step first!)

In a non-aluminum bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form, and whites are stiff. Slowly add the sugar, beating until glossy and smooth. Beat in vanilla and salt. Your mixture should be quite stiff and not runny. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.

On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spoon cookies 1/2" apart. Place in oven and turn oven OFF. Leave in overnight or for 5 hours.

For tips on beating meringes go here. I don't recommend trying this recipe for the first time on a rainy or damp day.

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