Monday, May 21, 2012
chocolate bit meringues
When I was in college, my roommate Lauren would get these amazing care packages. Huge boxes would come in the mail, and there was always homemade food inside. She was generally pretty possessive of these gifts (who wouldn't be?), but on occasion she let me have a taste of whatever treat happened to be in the box that month. One of my favorites was these chocolate bit meringues.
What makes these little cookies so special? Well...it's what's inside.
That's right. Inside that beautiful white meringue are huge chunks of chocolate (and cornflakes for an added crunch). They are delicious!
I talked Lauren into giving me the recipe, and now I'm sharing it with you. So treat yourself (or a loved one) to a huge care package full of these...they'll definitely brighten up your day. :)
To make, add some salt and vanilla to egg whites.
Using a mixer, beat the egg whites until they get frothy.
Gradually, sprinkle in sugar while beating until the meringue gets glossy and forms very stiff peaks.
Then, dump in your chocolate and corn flakes. You can use chocolate chunks or chocolate chips. And you could even use other cereals. I think next time I make these, I'm going to try them with rice crispies...yum! Ooooh, and what about butterscotch chips? Dark chocolate?
Lol...anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself. Pick your add-ins (in this case, chocolate chips and cornflakes) and carefully fold them into your egg whites.
Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto greased parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
When you pull them out of the oven, they should be slightly browned and have a hard, cracking shell.
Chocolate Bit Meringues
3 egg whites
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 cups cornflakes
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. vanilla
1 cup semisweet chocolate bits
Add salt and vanilla to egg whites; beat until frothy. Sprinkle in sugar while beating to a very stiff and glossy meringue. Fold in chocolate bits and corn flakes. Drop onto well-greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.