Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Baking Cookies

One of our favorite cookies to make for holiday get togethers are Meringue Surprises.  Ginger Snap, a little brown Christmas bear, is making sure that no other bears try to steal the cookies while they cool.

Here is the great-grandmother's recipe:

4 egg whites at room temperature
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. cream of tartar
2 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 12 oz. package of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Beat egg whites, salt, cream of tartar and vanilla until soft peaks form.  Add sugar gradually and beat until the mixture is stiff.  Fold in the chocolate chips.
Cover cookie sheets with brown paper if you have it.  Drop meringues by teaspoonfuls into small mounds.
Bake at 300 degrees for about 25 minutes, reducing heat to 250 if they begin to show signs of browning.

Meringues should be creamy white and crisp dry when done.  Let cool and store in a sealed tin.

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