Note: I am on a plane early this morning headed to Chicago for 36 hours. I can’t wait to tell you all about it when I get back. So there is no Muffin Monday today. We are going to take a temporary break from Muffin Monday here on the blog because I just have too many other recipes, craft ideas etc. to share with you before the holidays. Rest assured Muffin Monday continues at our house (except for today) so I’ll have lots of great muffin recipes to share with you after the first of the year.
It is cookie time!
I love meringue, in any shape or form. Light, sugary, melt in your mouth meringue. That is exactly what today’s cookies do – they melt in your mouth leaving a light peppermint and chocolate taste behind.
If you have never made meringue before this is a great way to start.
Meringue is basically a combination of egg whites, sugar, cream of tarter with a little vanilla thrown in.
You beat the egg whites to a soft peak and then add in the other ingredients and beat until stiff. Sometimes your meringue doesn’t get stiff. There are a lot of things that can cause it not to get stiff. One is the weather. Meringue does not like humidity or moisture in the air so as you can imagine finding a dry day in Oregon is a bit of a challenge.
The other thing meringue doesn’t like is any type of grease in the bowl so make sure you start with a nice clean bowl.
Today my meringue did not get very stiff so the cookies are a little flatter than normal but they still taste great and melted in my mouth.
I used mini chocolate chips and Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips which you can now find at the holidays.
To make them a little prettier I decided to drizzle some melted milk chocolate over the top.
I am not a very good drizzler so I’m not sure I made them any prettier but a little extra chocolate is always a good thing.
So I am thinking these cookies may even be gluten free? Am I right gluten free readers? Cali is going on a gluten free diet this week so I have gluten free on the brain!
Don’t you think Santa would like to find a plate of these waiting for him underneath the Christmas tree??
Chocolate Peppermint Drops
2 egg whites
dash of salt
1/8 tsp cream of tarter
3/4 C sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 C mini chocolate chips
1/2 C Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips
Beat egg whites until foamy, add salt and cream of tarter. Beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and beat until stiff. Mix in vanilla, chocolate chips and peppermint chips. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Drop batter by teaspoons onto paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 300 degrees.
Store in an airtight container – remember they don’t like moisture!