Bathing suit season is approaching! And low-fat snacks can help you get a beach-worthy body. But striving for a great bod does not mean you need to resort to low-fat snacks devoid of taste and satisfaction. These chocolate meringues will surfeit your sweet tooth with only 20 calories and zero grams of fat per cookie. For a change of flavors, try different types of chocolate, including white chocolate, or omit the cinnamon and substitute chile powder, black pepper or cayenne for a super spicy sweet treat. Keep a batch of meringues handy for your afternoon snack attacks or nighttime sweets cravings.
Chocolate Meringue Cookies Recipe
Chocolate Meringue Cookies
Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Ground cinnamon to taste
4 egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 squares, about 1 ounce each, of dark* or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. and cover two baking sheets with aluminum foil. In a small bowl, combine sugar with cocoa powder and cinnamon.
2. In a large clean, dry mixing bowl, combine egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat on low with the whipping attachment on a beater until foamy (if you don’t have a whipping attaching, you can use a regular beater or whisk them by hand). Raise the speed to medium and begin beating in sugar mixture, one tablespoon at a time. Continue beating until stiff peaks form.
3. Spoon mixture into a pastry bag (or use a resealable plastic bag, sealed, and cut off one corner). Pipe mixture onto cookie sheets into circles about one inch in diameter.
4. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, undisturbed. Turn oven off and let cookies sit in oven for 1/2 hour. Take sheets out of oven and move cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Note: For a doubly sweet and chocolaty treat, dip cooled meringues in melted chocolate. They will have more calories and fat than plain meringues but they will taste superb.
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