|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||2%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||4%|
|Total Carbohydrate 14g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 14g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
These little meringue cookies are lighter than air but packed with mint flavor and kicked up with chocolate chips for extra decadence. It will take great restraint not to eat them like popcorn! Buy these at the store and pay a fortune. Make them at home for pennies. Good for gluten-free and low-fat diets. If you omit the chocolate chips, they are fat-free.
3 large egg whites (at room temperature)
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup superfine granulated sugar (see note)
1/2 teaspoon mint extract (use peppermint extract for stronger flavor)
1/2 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 drops green food coloring, optional (see note)
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat oven to 250 F. Chill mixing bowl and beaters for 15 minutes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until soft peaks form. Add sugar a tablespoon at a time until all sugar is incorporated and melted into meringue, which should be shiny and form stiff peaks.
Fold in mint or peppermint extract, miniature chocolate chips, and optional food coloring.
Drop by scant teaspoonfuls (or use a pastry bag) onto prepared cookie sheets, placing cookies about 1 inch apart. (You want these bite-sized to pop the whole cookie into your mouth. Larger ones are fine, but make a crumbly mess when you bite into them.)
Bake about 1 hour until stiff and dry. Turn off oven, but leave meringue cookies in oven until cool to further dry out for another 2 hours.
Superfine Sugar Substitute
If you cannot find superfine granulated sugar, measure 1 cup plus 1 teaspoon of granulated table sugar and process in a small food processor about 2 minutes. Do not use confectioners' sugar. It contains cornstarch.