Chocolate-Dipped Meringues

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These meringues are simple to make and don’t require any modifications to be gluten free!  You can eat them with or without the chocolate coating, depending on how much you like chocolate.

Original Recipe

Chocolate-Dipped Meringues
From Real Simple

Yield: 24 meringues

  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled to room temperature

 

  1. Preheat oven to 200° F.
  2. Using a mixer, beat the egg whites with the vanilla, espresso powder (if using), salt, and cream of tartar on medium-high speed until soft peaks form.
  3. Beat in sugar 1 tablespoon at a time.
  4. Increase mixer speed to high and beat until the mixture holds glossy peaks.
  5. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 1 inch apart.
  6. Bake until dry, crisp, and firm, about 2 hours. (The meringues are done when they release easily from the parchment.)
  7. Turn off the oven, prop open the door about ½ inch (use the handle of a wooden spoon), and let the meringues sit inside for 1 hour.
  8. Slide the parchment (with the meringues on top) onto wire racks and let cool completely.
  9. Melt chocolate in a small bowl and let cool to room temperature.
  10. Peel the meringues off the parchment, then dip the bottom of each into the chocolate, allowing any excess to drip off. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets and refrigerate just until the chocolate is set, 25 to 30 minutes.
  11. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
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