Lighter than air, these minty meringues will melt in your mouth. It just wouldn't be Christmas without these special cookies that everyone can enjoy.
2 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
6 to 8 drops green food coloring, optional
1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
1/3 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 250°F (121°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, beat the egg whites, salt, cream of tartar, extract and food coloring if desired on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved, about 6 minutes. Gently fold in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until firm to the touch. Turn oven off; leave meringues in oven for 1 1/2 hours. Remove to wire cooling racks.
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes
Cooling time: 1 1/2 hours
Store in an airtight container.
1 serving (1 each) equals 22 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 13 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.