Welcome to my second annual holiday treat week! Each day this week I will feature a special holiday treat, something I may only make at this time of year. We have several holiday dinners and events coming up and I always like to give new recipes a go before serving them to guests!
One of my nephews has recently gone gluten-free and my side of the family is having an early Christmas dinner soon and I am on dessert so I have decided to do a completely gluten free dessert table. I knew I wanted some sort of meringue and after researching several recipes, I decided to work with this one.
Chocolate Chip Meringues
adapted from marthastewart.com
4 egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a bowl of a stand mixer, beat egg whites, salt, cream of tartar and vanilla until soft peaks form.
A few insider tips...
This recipe made 24 meringues for me and took almost the full 1 1/2 hours to bake.
Wet your finger tips with a little bit of water to smooth the meringues a bit before baking them so you don't end up with any dark tips.
I had to open a couple of meringues during the baking process to make sure the meringue inside was cooked and "dry" (starting at the one hour point).
Instead of vanilla, I might add peppermint extract and swirl in a little red food gel for a candy cane kind of look for the holidays.