Clementine & Dark Chocolate Merengue Bites

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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

Ingredients-
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)

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Separate your egg whites while cold & then let the whites come to room temperature.

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Work on prepping your clementine zest & chopping up your chocolate bar while the egg whites come to room temperature.

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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)

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Using an electric mixer beat your egg whites on high for about 20 seconds.

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Add your cream of tartar & continue to beat on high until soft peaks form.

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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.

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Fold in clementine zest & chocolate.

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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.

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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.

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Enjoy!

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