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    Chocolate Coconut Meringues

    These chocolate, coconut and almond meringue cookies are so light and airy, they are a perfect little treat that’s not too heavy.

    Ingredients

    • 4 large egg whites
    • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract, or imitation coconut extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips, or finely chopped chocolate
    • 2 tablespoons trans-fat-free white chocolate chips, or finely chopped white chocolate

    Instructions

    Step 1
    Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 250°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.
    Step 2
    Beat egg whites, cream of tartar, coconut, almond and vanilla extracts and salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until combined. Gradually beat in sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating until stiff, shiny peaks form, 6 to 8 minutes.
    Step 3
    Sift cocoa over the mixture and gently fold together with a rubber spatula until combined.
    Step 4
    Spoon the meringue into a gallon-size sealable bag (or pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch tip). Seal the bag, pressing out as much air as possible. Cut a 1/2-inch hole in one corner of the bag. Pipe the meringue into 2-inch circles, about 1 inch apart, on the prepared baking sheets.
    Step 5
    Bake on the upper and lower racks for 50 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the meringues stand in the oven with the door closed until completely dry, about 1 1/2 hours.
    Step 6
    Melt semisweet and white chocolate (see Tip) and drizzle or pipe onto the cooled meringues. Let stand until it sets.

    Tips

    Kitchen Tips: To melt chocolate, place chocolate in a bowl and microwave on Medium for 45 seconds. Stir; continue microwaving on Medium in 20-second intervals until almost melted, stirring after each interval. Continue stirring until completely melted. Or place in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water. Stir until melted. To decorate cookies with melted chocolate, use a pastry bag fitted with a fine writing tip to pipe the melted chocolate or dip tines of a fork in chocolate and drizzle. You can improvise a pastry bag with a small plastic bag. Add melted chocolate to the bag, cut a tiny hole in one corner and squeeze the chocolate out.

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