Tuesdays with Dorie: Cocoa Almond Meringues

August 2, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 9 Comments
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cocoa almond meringues

We are having hot, sticky weather here.  I’ve baked enough to know that sticky weather equals sticky meringues, so I thought about hitting the snooze bar on TWD this week and skipping these Cocoa Almond Meringue Cookies.  But I had some weekend time on my hands, and I figured I could do a scaled down batch…just enough to be eaten the same day, with nothing left to wilt in a container overnight.

I like meringues, and I’m a fan of these.  Beneath their crisp, light cocoa shells, they are chewy and very dark with chocolate (studded with crushed hazelnuts, too, in this case).  If you like your meringues drier and crisped-through, I’m guessing you could bake them longer, or at the end of the book’s suggested time, turn off the oven and let the cookies continue to hang out for a few more hours inside.  I actually did bake these about 15 minutes longer than the recommended hour and ten because I made a few quite large meringues as opposed to a zillion little guys, and I wanted to make sure they weren’t soup inside.  I made a special exception to my “no coffee after 3:00″ rule and served these with a little glass of milky iced joe.  It was the perfect thing to cut the sweetness of the meringues.

Next time I find myself with extra egg whites, I’ll be sure to keep these in mind!  For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Ugly Food For an Ugly Dude.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!

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  1. I made mine big too – big was good. Yours turnef out great.

  2. Your photo is beautiful as usual! Glad to hear I didn’t do something wrong with a slightly soft center, I was nervous (but they tasted good, so oh well!)

  3. They look great…I hate the humid hot sticky weather…we had a little of that on our trip to DC…I could not wait to get back to the cool mountain air of Idaho!

  4. I really liked these. It’s not humid here in Seattle and I just baked mine an hour and they were crispy on the outside and slightly chewy right in the center.

  5. Okay, so this really clarifies my question about whether my meringues came out right or not. It looks like they probably are how they’re supposed to be, but a few were a little bigger, so I bet those were extra chewy and could have hung out in the oven longer. Good to know! I’ll have to keep the coffee idea in mind for next time too, because something bitter would be welcome alongside the super sweet meringues.

  6. First meringues for me. Loved them, crispy and chewy. What a perfect combination.

  7. Ha, I try to stick to the no coffee after 3:00 rule too. These were tasty!

  8. Not only easy they were tasty to boot. Definitely a keeper. Have to try baking them a little longer and making them a little longer.

  9. these are some of my favourite meringues ever. I made them pretty small when I did, but they were still lovely and chewy. Now I want to make choco-meringue at work again! Must find excuse to do so. :P


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