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Chocolate Meringue Stars

 Chocolate Meringue Stars
These light, delicate chewy cookies sure make for merry munching. Their big chocolate flavor makes it difficult to keep the kids away from them long enough to get any on the cookie tray. -Edna F. Lee, Greeley, Colorado
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • GLAZE:
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for
  • 30 minutes. Add vanilla; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form.
  • Gradually add sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating until
  • stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Gently fold in cocoa.
  • Insert a #8b large open star tip into a pastry bag; fill half full
  • with meringue. Pipe stars, about 1-1/4 in. in diameter, or drop by
  • rounded teaspoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  • Bake at 300° for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove
  • from paper; cool on wire racks.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip
  • cookies halfway into glaze; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed
  • paper; let stand until set. Yield: about 4 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 40 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.