cookie exchange series 3

Mint Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies. My family has been making these for years. They are light, crisp, puffy sugary goodness that melt in your mouth!

Ingredients

  • 4 large egg whites
  • Pinch salt
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • crushed candy cane
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • food coloring (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Put the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and add the salt. On the second highest speed of the mixer, beat the egg whites until they come to medium peaks. With the mixer running, gently sprinkle in the sugar and cinnamon. Beat until stiff peaks form, then remove the bowl from the mixer. Gently fold in the candy canes and food coloring and chocolate chips.

Drop the batter in 1-inch balls, onto 2 parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake until light brown all over, firm to the touch, and they lift cleanly off the baking sheet, 35 to 40 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheets. These cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

Cook’s Note: Try to avoid baking these cookies on a wet and humid day as the crisp exterior of the cookie will slowly melt into something soft and sticky.