Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Meringue Cookies

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Light as a feather with chocolate chunks!
 Sometimes I surprise myself.  Like today, I was scrolling through my recipe index and was kind of shocked by what wasn't there.  Recipes that I love, that haven't made it up on the blog.  Sometimes it's just that I do it by rote, and then afterwards think, dang, I should have shot a photo or 2!  Plus, I am not a big garnish type, or precise at my outcome, so many aren't worthy of a photo or post.  But I will get on these favorite recipes with camera in hand.  Today, meringue cookies.  And a note here, do NOT, under any circumstance, make these on a rainy day!  Disastrous! 



The original recipe is handwritten in my grade school handwriting, with big open dots on the I.  What you can't see on this card, is to fold in the chips and drop onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets.  I bake them for about an hour at 250º.  I let them cool in a turned off oven, and they need to be stored airtight!

I had these cookies at my childhood friend's home.  She lived on a farm, and I am so certain I have written this all before, but I can't find it!  She lived with her parents, and her grandparents lived in a house on the other side of the garden.  The men all farmed and in the middle of the day would come in for dinner.  They had a huge table in their kitchen and I loved spending the night there and being part of this enormous family.  We would get to feed the calves with a giant baby bottle, and to this day I can conjure up the smell of the powdered calf formula we gave them.  We would go to the hayloft and jump on bales of hay, and the old chicken house was a place to play.  Her family would host fall bonfires and hayrides for our class.  True American childhood right there.



I have posted before my love of meringue.  Most precisely, raw meringue.  I can eat it right out of the bowl.  Of course I love to baked cookies as well.  Thankfully no one in my family is as enamored with these as I am, so I make them sort of big, and enjoy each and every one.  I am not much of a sharer with Chocolate Dotted Peppermint Kisses!

Add the sugar slowly for best results!

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