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Chocolate Meringue Stars

These light, delicate chocolate meringue cookies sure make for merry munching. Their big chocolate flavor makes it difficult to keep the kids away before they're on the cookie tray. —Edna F. Lee, Greeley, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3/4 teaspoon 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 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-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.
Nutrition Facts
1 meringue: 27 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
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  • Shirley
    Apr 21, 2020

    I thought that they were too chocolate for my taste next time not so much cocoa otherwise good

  • tkuehl
    Oct 31, 2019

    Loved these!! They looked just like the picture, and were so easy to make.

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 25, 2017

    I usually don't care for meringue cookies, but these are good!!

  • srandles1963
    Dec 10, 2015

    I've tried twice to make these, each time after I add the cocoa, it breaks. I added it by folding, then tried beating. Both times it broke. Had to throw it out.

  • aicenhour
    Oct 31, 2013

    My meringue cookies did not turn out right. I think maybe we needed to lower the temp? I have a gas oven... Sometimes I think that makes a difference. Will try again! I had been looking for a recipe like this because I used to buy low fat meringue cookies at the grocery store and we all really liked them :)

  • ShannyGirl
    Dec 18, 2012

    good but very crunchy

  • BakinGymnast
    Dec 22, 2011

    These are very good! They somehow remind me of hot cocoa! Very easy to make and look amazing!

  • md3boys
    Dec 20, 2011

    I was confused by the "add salt" in the directions when no salt was listed in the ingredients. I added 1/8 tsp. of cream of tartar instead, and they turned out great!

  • annsway1
    Aug 18, 2011

    I subbed all the sugar for Splenda, didn't decorate with the chocolate on top, used a ziplock back with the corner cup off to squeeze out the meringue. Delicious,low cal, diabetic cookie. Yummm

  • levick20
    Mar 7, 2011

    I made these for the first time over Christmas and they were a big hit! I didn't have cake decorating tips so I used a ziplock baggie and sliced off the end. I also made this recipe for Valentine's day without the coca an added red food coloring before forming them into hearts! They turned out cute and were eaten up :)