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Triple Chocolate Meringue Anniversary Cookies

My parents have been married for 32 years.  That’s a long time, especially by today’s standards!  They planned to celebrate by going to one of our family’s favorite restaurants.  I came home early from work, feeling sick from eating pizza and cake that they provided for “healthcare professionals” day.  I swear, I really am a dietitian.  I ate pizza and cake until I got sick then came home and decided to bake.

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Maybe I should have my registration and license revoked.

But these cookies are at least low fat!  Maybe they aren’t triple chocolate, but they included cocoa powder, melted chocolate, and chocolate chips – so I consider it a trifecta.

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Make sure your egg whites are room temperature – this is what the “soft peak” stage looks like (actually this is probably just PAST soft peaks).

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This is the thick & glossy stage after adding the sugar.

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They look fancy and decadent but are really quite simple to make.

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Triple Chocolate Meringue Cookies

1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, divided

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided

1/3 cup cocoa powder

2 large egg whites, room temperature

2 tsp cornstarch

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp cream of tartar

pinch of salt

1) Preheat oven to 350*.  Grease two baking sheets.

2) Melt 1/2 of the chocolate chips in the microwave, 15 seconds at a time, stirring in between (mine took 4 15-second zaps).

3) Combine cocoa, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and cornstarch.  Mix with whisk (slowly – this can be messy!).

4) In a separate large bowl, combine egg whites, cream of tarter, vanilla, and salt.  Beat with a hand mixer until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes.  Stir in remaining powder sugar in 4 additions, just to combine.  Once all the sugar is added, beat 2 more minutes until thick and glossy.

5) Fold in cocoa mixture, followed by melted chocolate and chocolate chips (again, this can get messy!).

6) Drop by teaspoon onto baking sheets.  Bake 5 minutes, then rotate baking sheets and bake about 6 more minutes, until cookies begin to crack on top.

7) Cool 5 minutes on the sheets, then transfer to a cooling rack.

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Approximate nutrition (per cookie): 72 calories, 2g fat, 13g carbohydrate, 1 g protein

These babies are delicate, so handle with care!  The outside is light and crispy but the centers are still dense and fudgy.  Makes approximately 24 cookies, which are best the day they’re made!

I looked like I just walked out of the cocoa factory when I was done, but it was worth it.

The fiance’ and I are having engagement pictures taken at Lake Erie on Sunday.  It will be nice to get away together, even for just 24 hours.

Have a great weekend – catch ya Monday.

xox

C

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22 responses to “Triple Chocolate Meringue Anniversary Cookies

  1. Shanna, like Banana May 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Oh my these look wonderful. I love light fluffy cookies that are gooey on the inside.

  2. Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) May 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Aww, Happy Anniversary to your parents! Your cookies look great – I hope you’re feeling better! Have a great weekend away. :)

  3. beyondbananas May 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I’ve never made meringue cookies.. I think I might have to try them!

  4. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Congratulations to your parents that is wonderful! :)

    Cake with lots of frosting definitely gives me a sugar headache, I hope you feel better! Love the cookies mmm mmm! :)

  5. Alyssa May 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I’ve never tried CHOCOLATE merengue! I’m not huge on vanilla… but I have a feeling adding chocolate will make me a bigger fan. ;)

  6. Tiff May 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Can’t wait to see the engagement pics! Have a great weekend!

  7. Pawsitivelife May 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I have some cream if tartar so I’m making these!! Btw I am always expected to bring gifts to all my relatives in Poland even if I haven’t seen them in a decade. They would do the same if they came here. Its a very showy culture. Mila from lofty appetite said she used to stress over gifts but now she takes them out somewhere. Also a good idea. Generally you have to do something because America is seen as land of milk and honey and it’s expected. I really hate it, but if I don’t do it it will be improper

    • Claire @ Live & Love to Eat May 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      Well hopefully they will enjoy the 18 $7 wedding invitations that my inlaws are insisting on sending even though they won’t come to the wedding.

      Deep breath.

      But no, I’m excited to visit, it looks like a beautiful country. And it will be interesting to be a part of a true Polish wedding just weeks after my own.

  8. Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Those cookies look amazing! And that really cracked me up about eating pizza and cake until you’re sick when you’re a dietician. No worries, everyone needs some celebratory indulgence!

  9. Karla May 20, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    aww! Have fun with your engagement photos! My fiance and I had ours taken at Lake Erie! BEAUTIFUL! Have fun!

  10. Jenny May 20, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Pizza, cake, and cookies? Ahh I love your Friday :D We all gotta live a little right? Those chocolate merengue cookies look amazing! Have a fantastic Friday! :D

  11. allieksmith May 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Hope the engagement pictures come out nice :) Lake Erie is BEAUTIFUL!

    Congrats for 32 years for your rents! That is AMAZING :)

  12. Christine (Merf) May 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Those look gorgeous. I don’t think I’ve ever had chocolate meringue before.

  13. Kim @ Imperfectly Perfect May 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Those are some great looking cookies! Have I ever mentioned my sweet tooth? ;)

    I hope you had nice weather and lots of fun taking pictures today!!

  14. Kate May 23, 2011 at 2:39 am

    These look so good. I love chocolatey recipes that aren’t totally awful for you and meringue is always good.

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