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Light and airy s'mores meringue cookies are coated in milk chocolate and graham cracker crumbs. This dessert is naturally low in calories!
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Today's chocolatey goodness puts a s'mores twist on meringue cookies. I've always thought that meringue cookies taste a little bit like marshmallows, thanks to the sugar and vanilla extract.
S'mores meringue cookies are classic vanilla meringues with elements of s'mores: they're dipped in milk chocolate, and then dipped in graham cracker crumbs. Easy-peasy!
Making meringue isn't difficult. The stand mixer and whip attachment does most of the work. The difficulty in making meringue is that egg whites will not whip if there is even the slightest speck of fat in the mixing bowl. After thoroughly washing the stand mixer bowl with dish soap and hot water, I dry it, and wipe it down with lemon juice to remove any lingering fat I missed while washing.
Next, you need to be very careful when separating your eggs. What I do is set up a three-bowl system: two small bowls and the stand mixer bowl. I crack the egg over one of the small bowls to catch the white. After all of the whites fall into the small bowl, I place the yolk in the other small bowl.
After inspecting the white for any speck of yolk, I transfer it to the mixing bowl. This way, if you get a speck of yolk while separating the third egg, you don't contaminate the previous two eggs you already separated.
Also, gently tapping the egg on a flat surface (not the edge of a bowl) makes it less likely that the sharp edges of the shell get pushed into the yolk, breaking it and contaminating the white.
Yes, these cookies do bake a looooong time. Low and slow is necessary for baking meringue. But, they are worth it! And for a bonus, these s'mores meringue cookies are low in calories, too!
- 3 large egg whites
- ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ¾ cup (5.25 oz) Imperial sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 oz milk chocolate
- 1 cup (5 oz) graham cracker crumbs
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
- In a clean, dry bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until foamy.
- Add the cream of tartar to the egg whites, and continue beating until soft peaks begin to form.
- Increase the mixer speed to medium-high, and begin gradually adding the sugar to the egg whites. Beat until the meringue holds stiff peaks. Beat in the vanilla.
- Fit a piping bag with an open star tip, and fill the bag halfway with the meringue. Pipe twelve cookies onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 90 minutes, or until the meringue is pale and crisp, and peels away easily from the baking mat.
- Once the meringue is done, turn the oven off, and leave the baking sheet of meringues in the oven with the door slightly ajar. Let the cookies sit in the oven for several hours, or overnight, to finish drying.
- After the meringue is fully dried, remove it from the oven. If not dipping proceeding with the recipe immediately, store the meringues in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to proceed.
- Bring about an inch of water to a simmer in a small saucepan. Place the chocolate in a heatproof glass or metal bowl, and place it over the simmering water, ensuring the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the simmering water.
- Let the chocolate melt, stirring occasionally. Once fully melted, remove from the water.
- Set up your dipping station: place the graham cracker crumbs in a shallow bowl, and place near the bowl of melted chocolate. Place the meringues on a sheet of wax or parchment paper near the graham cracker crumbs and chocolate.
- One by one, dip the meringues into the chocolate, shake off excess chocolate, then dip in the graham cracker crumbs, then place back on the wax or parchment paper. Let sit at room temperature until the chocolate sets.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g
I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.
Adapted from Joy of Baking
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