Chocolate Chip Meringues
- Preheat oven to 225°F.
- Place egg whites in a medium mixing bowl. Beat egg whites with a stand mixer on high speed for about 1 minute.
- Continue to beat while gradually adding sugar a couple of tablespoons at a time, beating for 20 seconds in between each addition. Beat until egg whites are stiff and glossy. When fully whipped to stiff peaks, add vanilla extract. Do not underbeat.
- If using chocolate, gently fold in by hand. Once combined stop folding.
- Using a piping bag with a star tip, pipe meringue in generous 2 tablespoon amounts on parchment-lined cookies sheets. Add a few mini chocolate chips on top of cookies for decoration.
- For ice cream cake, spread meringue 1/3-inch thick into a circle using the same dimensions as a springform pan.
- Place in oven and bake until meringue is thoroughly crisp, about 50-60 minutes depending on how big meringues are. Turn oven off and leave meringues in oven with the door closed for 1 hour. Breaking a baked meringue in half will help with determining doneness. When broken in half interior should become dry and non-sticky within a minute.
- Once cooled store meringue airtight to prevent sogginess.
Dixie Crystals Insight
- French style meringue is very light and has a delicate texture. Feel free to incorporate fresh grated lemon peel, instant coffee, non-brewed tea or whatever you prefer.
- Extra flavoring ingredients should be added AFTER stiff peaks have formed.
- The key to great meringue is a low oven temperature and opening the oven door once in a while to release moisture buildup.
- Meringue will not set in a humid environment. It's best to attempt this recipe on a cool, low humidity day.