Thursday, February 5, 2009

Meringue Cocoa Kisses

Have you ever baked meringue cookies? They are light and crunchy and use only 4 ingredients.
Heart-shaped Meringue Kisses
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Using the whisk attachment on your mixer, beat 4 egg whites until bubbly and beginning to foam. Add 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar and beat until very stiff and glossy. While whisking, slowly pour one cup of white granulated sugar and 1 Tablespoon Valrhona cocoa powder into the bowl until mixed.
Put batter into a gallon-size ziploc bag. Squeeze contents into one corner and fold bag so that it can be a "piping bag" for you. Trim off 1/4 inch of corner and squeeze batter in a small "V" shaped onto parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes at 275, then raise oven temperature to 300 and bake for approximately 10-20 minutes more. (Some meringue recipes call for baking at 175 degrees for 1 hour and 40 minutes, but my timing and temp works for me.) I bake one sheet at a time to avoid burning. Cookies should be dry and a little chewy on the bottom.
The Twelve Days of Valentines Day
Day 3: Bake heart-shaped cookies and eat them all week.


Bettina said...

I love your little displays, and your photos are just great.
It really is a daily delight to come to "your place" and see what you've made up.
Though Valentines is not a Danish thing, you get me carried away with your daily romantic sugestions;thank you !

LillyB said...

This sounds really good. I tried to make meringues once but I used cold eggs straight from the refrigerator and the meringue would not fluff up, it came out flat like a cookie LOL (sigh) I haven't had the courage since then. Unfortunately I used the who dozen trying to get it right, not realizing why the meringues wouldn't cooperate LOL
Have a great day!

Anne Reeves said...

Okay, you're right, Lilly, a few tips. Room temp egg whites work better. Also use a fresh container of Cream of Tartar.

rcjmom said...

Fun idea!

MmeBenaut said...

It's too hot here to contemplate turning on the oven but I'll imagine that I have one of your beautiful meringues just melting in my mouth.
Love the display, Anne - the roses are stunning.

Sydney Plumber said...

Wao what a nice photo i love it...Thank you

Kimmers said...

I was fortunate enough to get to try these little goodies and MMM, what a treat. I couldnt stop at just one. Crisp outside, chewy inside, delicate cocoa flavor... HEAVEN!