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Chocolate Meringue Stars

These light, delicate chocolate meringue cookies are always a hit. Their big chocolate flavor makes it difficult to keep the kids away before they're on the cookie tray! —Edna F. Lee, Greeley, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • GLAZE:
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add vanilla; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Gently fold in cocoa.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment. Insert a large open star tip into a pastry bag; fill half full with meringue. Pipe stars (about 1-1/4-in. diameter) onto prepared sheets, or drop by rounded teaspoonfuls .
  • Bake at 300° until lightly browned, 30-35 minutes. Remove from paper; cool on wire racks.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip cookies halfway into glaze; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 meringue: 27 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
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