Double-Chocolate Meringue Cookies
I know it’s been quite some time since I’ve posted any recipes but I needed a bit of a break from all the holiday food. I love sweets and as always I overdo it during the holidays – or rather from Halloween right up to New Years. I just can’t help myself. Fortunately I didn’t gain any weight this year – how? I have no idea!
It use to be that each New Years Eve I’d make a resolution but I’m wiser now that I’m older. Forget about not eating sweets, that’s never going to happen. However, the quantity at which I eat them will be smaller and paired with exercise for my health, heart and temperament.
I love to bake so when I came across this recipe given to me by a friend who attended Miraval Resort & Spa in Arizona, I knew I had to try them. A luscious low fat, low calorie chocolate meringue cookie with a mere 59 calories per serving.
A meringue is a mixture of stiffly beaten egg whites and sugar.
With just 6 ingredients in this recipe they’re made in a jiffy. These tiny little wonders are light, airy, have a delicate crunch on the outside with a gooey, chewy chocolate marshmallow-like center. Simply delicious!
It’s easiest to separate the eggs while they are cold, then set aside until room temperature. To insure your egg whites reach their maximum volume have a clean, dry, grease free mixing bowl and wire whisk. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil and when meringues are done they should release easily. Don’t use wax paper since the meringues have a tendency to stick.
Keep your heat low and don’t try to rush the cookies. The egg whites need time to dry out slowly. Upon completion of your meringue cookies turn off the oven and open oven door slightly allowing the cookies to cool. This could take up to 1-2 hours or leave overnight. You can also remove them from the oven and allow to cool. You’ll find you have less cracking if left to cool in your oven. I took mine out for this recipe – not for any particular reason. Either way they’re delicious, however, a few of mine fell.
If you’re a cookie lover I know you’ll love these, low-cal or not. Everyone in my family adores them.
I divided this recipe in 1/2 but feel free to make the entire batch. Place the finished batter in a pastry or zip lock bag and cut a 1-inch opening in the tip of the bag makes for easy piping and a pretty peak. However, using a heaping tablespoon will work just as well.
With a mixer, beat the egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar (acts as a stabilizer allowing the egg whites to reach maximum volume) and beat until you have soft peaks.
Hi Vicki, welcome back! Hope your holidays were nice. Quick question – how many cookies in one serving?
Glad to see you cooking again! Nice recipe. I baked meringues for the first time ever this year, so I’m in meringue recipe acquisition mode. I’m definitely adding this one to my collection. Thanks!
Hi Maria, yes we had a great holiday. I hope you did as well. The recipe makes 8 dozen however I divided the recipe in 1/2 and it made just over 3 dozen. Of course it could make more or less depending on the size of the cookie. They’re yummy.
Kithcen Riffs – I enjoy making them and want to make a Pavlova and Pocket Meringues where you place fruit in the middle once they’re done.
I love meringues because you can enjoy sweets with more than 1/2 the calories.
I love a treat I don’t have to feel so guilty about. These look wonderful! 🙂
Scrambledhenfruit – they are wonderful and easy to make. I hope you try them.
These look absolutely delicious! I just love this recipe….thanks!
I understand about eating sweets during the holidays – I do the same thing….every year!
When I was a kid, I would tag along with my Mom to the neighborhood bakery, where she’d pick up danishes or a coffeecake. The woman behind the counter would always treat me to one free cookie of my choice. Naturally, I always chose a meringue. Who can resist these cloud-like confections that are sweet, crisp and chewy?
Really Yummy recipe..Would love to give it a try…Thank you so much for posting this..
Love these Vicki – a sweet indulgence without the guilt! Thanks!
I know I would love these, Vicki. They sound delicious. I love meringue based cookies and Lord knows they are better for you than most. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary
Thanks Mary. They’re so good I just had one at 9:30am with tea. I’m bad!
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I’ve made chocolate meringues, but they weren’t nearly as lovely as yours!!! I will try these next time I have some leftover whites 🙂
I love a treat that looks and sounds this good without a ton of guilt. Yum.
At 59 calories, you could enjoy one – or two – of these with no guilt. Fantastic!
I’ve got some meringues in the oven right now! I’ve never even thought to do a chocolate one. I will try this next time I’ve got leftover egg whites.
Haha I can tell you are eating this in the morning with tea. I would be too if I have this at home… Looks so yummy! I think I’d eat one piece every time I go into the kitchen (and this happens a lot). Your cookies dessert 2 pieces at a time…. So envious you had these at home! I need to be skinner before I enjoy delicious sweets…argh.
not only did you make delicious meringues but double chocolate? Be still my heart!
So delicious and so dangerous!
Thanks for sharing your lightened up delicious chocolate cookie recipe, I enjoy baking and have found many reduced calorie recipes from desserts that are really good. I find that when I’m being careful about what I’m eating everything tastes better especially sweets! I also read your last post and just wanted to quickly mention that your vacation sounded like the perfect get away. Glad you’re back and look forward to your posts in the new year!
Thank you for all your comments. I’m thrilled you like this recipe and hope you’ll try it.
Carolyn said it best, these cookies are “cloud-like, sweet, crispy and chewy”. What could be more perfect?
Nice and cute recipe to start with after vacation.
Absolutely loved this easy-peasy and low-calorie meringue cookie recipe. i love cookies but seldom gorge on them due to the high calories they contain, but this one would be gorgeous:)I’m visiting your blog for the first time and really liked being here – I am your newest follower.do visit my place too sometime!
I made meringues for Christmas and I agree – they are easy and delicious! Your would be perfect for Valentine’s Day!
As a baking tragic, I think this recipe looks simple and delicious enough for me to attempt. I like the fact they are light and not too sweet too 🙂
Thank you Sudha and Crunchy Creamy Sweet for following me. If you try this I hope you enjoy it.
Chopinandmysaucepan – this is surprisingly easy and even if over baked they still taste great.
Such a wonderful site! I love chocolate meringues yum! I hope you have a great week with lots of good food!
Thank you Serena
I love to eat chocolate meringues with a glass of chilled sparkling Riesling.
Had too much sweets during the holiday season…way too much.
Same here Angie and yet all I can think of is what great dessert I can make next. Go figure!
These look super light, perfect!
Thanks Natasha, they are of course unless you eat a batch of them. Then they get filling. Trust me I should know. So much for watching my intake after the New Year!
These look perfect…like chocolate clouds!