I make a lot of merengue cookies but I was wanting something to treat my sweet craving & my need to munch on something as a snack. These turned out absolutely amazing! I used less sugar in them but you can’t even tell!
Recipe makes 20 servings
1 serving = 20 bites = 2 weight watchers smart points = 33 calories
4 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp orange extract
Zest of 4 small clementines
1 small 70-85% dark chocolate bar finely chopped (I used Moser Roth 85% chocolate bar = 7sp)
Separate your egg whites while cold & then let the whites come to room temperature.
Work on prepping your clementine zest & chopping up your chocolate bar while the egg whites come to room temperature.
Chop your chocolate bar very fine. If you have a lot of large chunks they will clog up your pastry bag. (I know this from experience)
Using an electric mixer beat your egg whites on high for about 20 seconds.
Add your cream of tartar & continue to beat on high until soft peaks form.
Slowly add your sugar 1 tbsp at a time while continuing to beat on high until stiff peaks form.
Add vanilla & orange extracts & beat until combined.
Fold in clementine zest & chocolate.
Scoop into a pastry bag or a large ziploc bag with the corner cut off. I tried to use a fancy tip for these but the chocolate kept clogging it up. Pipe them onto a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Make them about the size of a penny.
Bake in a preheated 250 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes. Keep a close eye on them towards the end.
Let them sit on the cookie sheet for about 10 minutes before removing.