A beautiful Chocolate Meringue Stars cookie that has a soft center and a delicate crunch on the exterior
Prep Time 15mins
Cook Time 30mins
Total Time 45mins
Author Hostess At Heart
3egg whitesroom temperature
3ouncessemi-sweet chocolatechips or squares
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, beat egg whites and vanilla until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Sift cocoa over egg whites and gently fold until combined. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip (#1M or #8b). Pipe 1 1/4 inch stars on a baking sheet. O.k. to crowd but don't touch.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on a rack.
In a microwave or double boiler, melt semi-sweet chocolate with shortening. Stir until smooth. Dip 1/2 of each cookie in the chocolate and place on parchment or wax paper to set.
Recipe adapted from 1999 Taste of Home Annual Recipes