Monday, January 16, 2012
Chocolate Chip Meringues
My husband wasn't in the best mood this weekend, and I wanted to cheer him up. He's been talking about these meringue cookies that his mother made when he was a kid, so I decided to try to duplicate them as a surprise. Yay! It worked pretty well! Not only did the cookies turn out delicious, it also put my husband in a much better mood. I used the recipe from Smitten Kitchen, found here, but I used toasted hazelnuts instead of walnuts or pecans because that's what I had. I have a couple more changes in mind for the next time (I'm thinking less sugar and smaller pieces of chocolate) but these turned out really well for a first try. They are light and airy and crisp on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. I've been eating these with my afternoon coffee or espresso. The sweetness of the cookies perfectly balances the bitterness of the coffee. Oh, and they only took about 10 minutes to make, not including the baking time.