Monday, February 06, 2006

Meringes A la Pez

After admiring my new Kitchen Aid Stand-Mixer for the better part of a month, I thought the time had come for me to actually try to USE it! Thanks to Pez's recommendation of a favourite recipe of her's, I actually BAKED something for the first time in my life! I scribbled down the recipe on the back of an old bill, and followed instructions from the manual on how to mix egg whites. And, I used my fabulous new mixer! Let me tell you, it was all so easy-peasy!
The recipe makes about two dozen cookies, is relatively low-fat, and is so delicious that Greg, who normally does not like sweets, ate so many I thought he was going to be sick! Before he could devour them all, however, I did send over a plate of these delicious little treats to my neighbour.

"Meringes A la Pez"

2 egg whites at room temperature

1/8 tsp creme of tartar

1/8 tsp salt

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Beat egg whites in Mixer until foamy. Add creme of tartar and salt. Keep beating until peaks form. Add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Add vanilla. When glossy and stiff, stop and fold in chocolate chips. Drop tablespoons on to cookie sheet (covered with parchment paper so they don't stick) 1 inch apart. (This is where I improvised and added the extra chip to the top of each cookie)

Bake at 250 degrees F x 40 minutes. Cool completely.

Take pictures. Eat.