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Chewy Chocolate Meringues

Chewy Chocolate Meringues
(adapted from Salty Tart via Home Baked Comfort via Bakerella)
Ingredients:
1 cup pasteurized egg whites (I used a local store brand - H.E.B.) or 1 cup of fresh egg whites if you prefer
2 cups granulated sugar
5 tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey's)
8 oz Ghirardelli Chocolate chips (original recipe called for 4 oz. chopped semi-sweet chocolate and 4 oz. of chocolate nibs - I started with 4 oz. of chips then added another 4 oz.)
Method:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a very clean (oil free) silicon baking sheet (Silpat).
  • Measure out all of your ingredients.
  • In the metal bowl of your stand mixer, whisk together egg whites and sugar by hand. Set over, but not touching, simmering water in a saucepan.
  • Whisk constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved and remove from heat. (I rubbed some between my fingers to make sure I didn’t feel any sugar granules.)
  • Put the bowl onto your stand mixer with whisk attachment.  Beat the eggs on high until stiff and glossy.
  • Sift cocoa over the meringue. (I forgot to sift - I just sprinkled it on - worked out okay because I had nice fresh cocoa with next to no lumps...whew!)  Fold into meringue with a spatula.
  • Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Fold together with spatula until combined.  Fold, don't mix.
  • Use a scoop to drop even amounts of batter onto prepared baking sheets about two inches apart.
  • Bake for about 8-9 minutes. Rotate the pans and bake for another 8-9 minutes until the cookies are fluffy and full of cracks.
  • Transfer the cookies, leaving them on the parchment paper or silpat, to wire racks to cool.
My batch made 48 cookies.  The ones that I kept at 12 to a sheet seemed to be the best.  The trays that I had a bit more crowded were slower in getting "done".  Next time, I'm going to take the time to chop semi-sweet chocolate...the milk chocolate chips I used and the large amount of sugar together was a bit too sweet (I know, you can't believe I'm saying such a thing!). 
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