Vanilla chocolate chip meringue cookies

I decided to make these cookies for the sole purpose of using up the leftover chocolate chips from the banana bread I made yesterday. Otherwise they would have just been thrown in the baking cabinet, never to be seen again.

Ingredients:

– 2 large egg whites (at room temperature)

– 1/2 tsp. of cream of tartar

– 2/3 cup of granulated sugar

– 1 tsp. of vanilla extract

– 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips (or finely chopped semisweet chocolate)

Step One: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper (shiny side up).

Step Two: Beat the egg whites until they are foamy.

Step Three: Once the eggs are foamy (like in the picture below), add the cream of tartar and beat until the mixture is fluffy, but not dry.

Step Four: Add the sugar gradually (about 3 tablespoons at a time). When half of the sugar has been added, add the vanilla extract. Continue beating and adding the remaining sugar in batches until all of the sugar has been dissolved.

Step Five: Once the sugar is dissolved, the meringue should be beaten until it forms stiff peaks.

Quick Tip: If the meringue holds like the picture below, it is not done yet!

When the meringue holds like below, it is done! See the stiff peak? The meringue should hold its shape.

Step Six: Add the chocolate chips and gently fold them in.

Step Seven: Put teaspoon-sized dollops of the meringue mixture onto your baking sheets.

Step Eight: Put the baking sheets into the preheated oven, and then turn the oven off. Leave the cookies in the oven for at least 2 hours (and up to overnight), and be sure not to disturb them! My family loves to open the oven door to get a good look whenever I have something in there (I’m not entirely certain if they understand that by doing that, they mess up the temperature of the oven), so I made sure to tell them all NOT to open the door. Of course, then they kept teasing they were going to for the rest of the evening.

These were my cookies when I took them out. I left mine in overnight, and they turned out perfectly. They tasted just like this treat called meltaways that you can get from my bakery.

Enjoy!

– Ali

(Recipe found at What Katie’s Baking.)

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