Chocolate Coconut Meringues

Chocolate Coconut Meringues

These chocolate, coconut and almond meringue cookies are so light and airy, they are a perfect little treat that’s not too heavy.

From EatingWell: November/December 2009
Yield: 30 cookies
Active Time: 25
Total Time: 180

Ingredients

  1. 4 large egg whites
  2. 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract or imitation coconut extract
  4. 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  5. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 cup sugar
  8. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  9. 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate
  10. 2 tablespoons trans-fat-free white chocolate chips or finely chopped white chocolate, such as Sunspire

Preparation

  1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 250°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.
  2. Beat egg whites, cream of tartar, coconut, almond and vanilla extracts and salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until combined. Gradually beat in sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating until stiff, shiny peaks form, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Sift cocoa over the mixture and gently fold together with a rubber spatula until combined.
  4. Spoon the meringue into a gallon-size sealable bag (or pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch tip). Seal the bag, pressing out as much air as possible. Cut a 1/2-inch hole in one corner of the bag. Pipe the meringue into 2-inch circles, about 1 inch apart, on the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake on the upper and lower racks for 50 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the meringues stand in the oven with the door closed until completely dry, about 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Melt semisweet and white chocolate (see Tip) and drizzle or pipe onto the cooled meringues. Let stand until it sets.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Some crispness may be lost during storage.
  • Kitchen Tips: To melt chocolate, place chocolate in a bowl and microwave on Medium for 45 seconds. Stir; continue microwaving on Medium in 20-second intervals until almost melted, stirring after each interval. Continue stirring until completely melted. Or place in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water. Stir until melted.
  • To decorate cookies with melted chocolate, use a pastry bag fitted with a fine writing tip to pipe the melted chocolate or dip tines of a fork in chocolate and drizzle. You can improvise a pastry bag with a small plastic bag. Add melted chocolate to the bag, cut a tiny hole in one corner and squeeze the chocolate out.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 36 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 8 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 0 g fiber; 17 mg sodium; 25 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus:

1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate