Monday, September 26, 2011

Chewy Chocolate Meringues


I want to show you this new book from Williams-Sonoma.

It’s filled with delicious photographs and tons of recipes including …




Pop Tarts.


And pies to name a few.

Are your taste buds warming up yet? Mine sure are. I could hardly stand to flip through the pages of this book without wanting to make everything in it.

Home. Baked. Comfort. Yes, please.

And guess what, else.


This book also includes recipes from several bakeries and bloggers across the country.

Like Smitten Kitchen, Tartine, Cannelle et Vanille, Flour, Baked…

And more.


Maybe even one from someone you know.

With all this yumminess, it was really hard to decide what to bake first. I flipped through the book several times before I finally decided.


When I saw that one of the featured bakeries was from Minneapolis, I knew right away that was the one to try since I’ll be in Minnesota and at Williams-Sonoma in about two weeks for a book signing. (Details here.)

And now, I may just have to stop by this bakery, too.

Salty Tart. Cute name.


And her recipe for Chewy Chocolate Meringues is delish.

And easy.

And better yet, only needs four ingredients.


Finely chopped bittersweet chocolate.


Five tablespoons cocoa powder.


Sugar and egg whites.

This photo kinda makes them look like egg yellows though.


Whisk together the egg whites and sugar over – but not touching – simmering water until dissolved.


Remove from heat and beat the egg whites until stiff and glossy.


Then fold in the chocolate and cocoa.


Scoop out the batter on parchment lined baking sheets and bake away.


You want to see cracks. That’s part of what I love about this recipe. No need to try and make anything look perfect. These are already perfectly imperfect.


And oh so good.

They are highly addictive, too. I don’t want to tell you how many I ate before I even finished taking photos…


…but let’s just say that this photo is missing quite a few.

I’m so glad I tried this recipe. I’ve never made meringues before because they never really looked all that appealing to me. But wow! These chocolate ones will be made again. And again.

Thanks Salty Tart.

Chewy Chocolate Meringues (adapted from Home Baked Comfort)

1 cup (8 fl oz / 250 ml) large egg whites – about 7
2 cups (1 lb / 500 g) sugar
5 tbsp (1 oz / 30 g) natural cocoa powder
4 oz (125 g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
4 oz (125 g) cocoa nibs*

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a clean, dry heatproof bowl, whisk together egg whites and sugar. Set over, but not touching, simmering water in a saucepan.
  • Whisk constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved and remove from heat. (I tested to make sure I didn’t feel any sugar granules.)
  • Beat the eggs on high using your mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat until stiff and glossy.
  • Sift cocoa over the meringue. Sprinkle chopped chocolate (and cocoa nibs if you’re using) on top.
  • Then, fold together gently with a spatula until combined.
  • Use a scoop to drop even amounts of batter onto prepared baking sheets about two inches apart.
  • Bake for about 8-9 minutes. Rotate the pans and bake for another 8-9 minutes until the cookies are fluffy and full of cracks.
  • Transfer the cookies, leaving them on the parchment paper, to wire racks to cool.

* I omitted the cocoa nibs because I didn’t have any on hand and the cookies still came out beautifully.

The recipe says it makes about 2 dozen meringues, but I ended up with about 60 using a 1.5 inch scoop.
I also used a scale to measure my ingredients exactly.


Home Baked Comfort by Kim Laidlaw
Photographed by Eric Wolfinger

Featured Bakeries
Baked, Brooklyn, NY
Floriole Cafe & Bakery, Chicago, IL
Flour Bakery + Cafe, Boston, MA
Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery, Santa Monica, CA
Pearl Bakery, Portland, OR
Salty Tart Bakery, Minneapolis, MN
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, Austin, TX
Tartine Bakery, San Francisco, CA

Featured Bloggers
Cannelle et Vanille
La Tartine Gourmande
Smitten Kitchen
and me : )

The book is available at Williams-Sonoma until February 2012. Then you’ll also be able to find it on Amazon.


Until then, want to win a copy?

You do. I promise.


Leave a comment on this post answering the following random question.

  • What is your favorite Halloween candy?
  • Deadline to enter is Tuesday evening, September 27th at 6:00 pm ET. SORRY, TIME’S UP!
  • One winner will be picked at random and announced sometime Tuesday evening.

Good Luck!

Disclosure: Giveaway sponsored by me. : )

And the winner is……

comfort_winnerMyra – You’re gonna love this book.

Melissa said...

My favorite Halloween candy hands down is carmel apple flavored candy corn!!

September 27, 2011 04:10 PM
Karen Albro said...

Any mini with dark chocolate!

September 27, 2011 04:10 PM
Colleen said...

It’s not fair to choose just one LOL Reese’s peanut butter cups from the chocolate family….Brach’s candy corn + pumpkins from the sugar family. This book looks AWESOME!!!

September 27, 2011 04:12 PM
Susan said...

Candy Corn! But then I eat too many and feel a little sick, so I move on to the best thing about Halloween, Reese’s Pumpkins. Larger Reese’s = more peanut butter to chocolate ratio.

September 27, 2011 04:14 PM
Stephen said...

It is always Reese’s peanut butter cups! In fact I saw a bag in the store last night and decided I couldn’t wait until Halloween, so I turned them into cookies!

September 27, 2011 04:15 PM
Becca said...

Mellowcreme pumpkins!

September 27, 2011 04:15 PM

this is really a candy that is year round but i would have to say the reese pumpkins, peanut butter and chocolate just work together.

September 27, 2011 04:15 PM
Melissa said...

Oh yum! My favorite halloween candy is definitely Reese’s PB Cups :)

September 27, 2011 04:16 PM
April said...

Anything CHOCOLATE!!!!! :)

September 27, 2011 04:18 PM
Rhiannon said...

I absolutely LOVE candy corn. I always get excited when fall comes around and I can’t resist buying a bag or two of these sugary treats to munch on with friends. :)

September 27, 2011 04:20 PM
jan said...

Favorite candy would be a snickers…or candy corn!

September 27, 2011 04:21 PM
Ashley431 said...

Anything with peanut butter!!! PB cups being my ultimate fav.

September 27, 2011 04:23 PM
Lauren said...

Meringues aren’t generally my go-to cookie craving, but these look so amazing I’m going to have to give them a try!

Do caramel apples count as Halloween candy?

September 27, 2011 04:23 PM
Erin in IA said...

Candy Corn of course! :)

September 27, 2011 04:24 PM
Leslie Nickerson said...

My favorite candy is banana flavored laffy taffy!!!

September 27, 2011 04:24 PM
Grace said...

My favorite Halloween candy is Halloween themed Kit- Kats.

September 27, 2011 04:25 PM
Laura said...

mmm tough question! I think I have to go with the mini boxes of smarties. MMMMmmm. Like M&M’s only better. I think the coating is crunchier.

September 27, 2011 04:25 PM
AmySwdc said...

little kit kat bars…..

September 27, 2011 04:26 PM
Jen Simar said...

The pumpkin decorated gumballs with candy “seeds” inside.

September 27, 2011 04:27 PM
Ann said...

Candy Corn! small, simple and sweet.

September 27, 2011 04:27 PM
Falon said...

Anything with chocolate and caramel!

September 27, 2011 04:28 PM
Heather H. said...

Candy corn! So sugary and delicious :)

September 27, 2011 04:30 PM
Beverly Palmer said...

Favorite Halloween candy is Brach’s Autumn mix candy corn. it just screams Halloween!!!

September 27, 2011 04:31 PM
Nadia Chanza said...

Candy corn, of course!

September 27, 2011 04:32 PM
Stephanie Wagner said...

good old fashioned candy corn. yummmm :)

September 27, 2011 04:32 PM
Leah said...

TWIX bars

September 27, 2011 04:32 PM
Brianna Prange said...

Candy corn of course! The kind with the mini pumpkins!

September 27, 2011 04:32 PM
Stacie D. said...

Something chocolate…probably Snickers or Twix!

September 27, 2011 04:33 PM
Angie said...

bite sized 3 Musketeers. Yum.

September 27, 2011 04:34 PM
Georgia Turner said...

I LOVE ALL CANDY! But my favorite for Halloween is defiantly the Kit Kat’s with the Orange white chocolate!!

September 27, 2011 04:35 PM
Gena@MsDivinesMelange said...

Milk Duds!

September 27, 2011 04:35 PM
Seanna Lea said...

I think my favorite halloween candy is reese’s peanut butter cup. I am addicted to those and the mighty rolo.

I’m so glad to see this book, because I follow most of the bloggers you mentioned (other than you, which I do, because I am here). It is always nice seeing the people I read and love getting the attention they deserve.

September 27, 2011 04:37 PM
Kasey said...

I would say my favorite Halloween candy is probably the mini Mr. Goodbars in the Hershey’s assorted miniatures. Yumm….may have to go purchase a bag now!

September 27, 2011 04:37 PM
NIKKI said...

My favorite halloween candy is the Reese’s Peanut Butter PUMPKINS! :D

September 27, 2011 04:37 PM
Alex S said...

Pumpkin Hershey Kisses!

They are even orange! Happy Halloween!!!

September 27, 2011 04:39 PM
Brandi said...

Caramel apples!

September 27, 2011 04:39 PM
Sarah V said...


September 27, 2011 04:40 PM
Sarah said...

I love any gummy candy!

September 27, 2011 04:42 PM
JR Godbold said...

Candy Corn! Yum!

September 27, 2011 04:46 PM
Jennifer said...

Caramel apples and Brach’s candy pumpkins!

September 27, 2011 04:47 PM
Janis said...

I love candy corn!

September 27, 2011 04:48 PM
Nina said...

I don’t know if it’s considered Halloween candy, but almond joy is my fave candy!

September 27, 2011 04:48 PM
mary grace said...

if I had to pick……CANDY CORN!

September 27, 2011 04:49 PM
Lindsey said...

Mini Twix!!

September 27, 2011 04:50 PM
Conni said...

Reese’s peanut butter cups! (Really anything chocolatey but those are number one)

September 27, 2011 04:50 PM
DaniMakes said...

For me, it has to be candy corn… even though it doesn’t taste that great, it puts me in a halloween/fall mood…

September 27, 2011 04:53 PM
Dana said...

Candy corn for sure!!

September 27, 2011 04:54 PM
Debbie said...

candy corn for me…minature chocolate bars to hand out (and I get the leftovers!)

September 27, 2011 04:55 PM
Melissa Edwards said...

I want one!!! MMMMM!! My fave Halloween candy would be the hershey kisses that taste like caramel apples. MMMM!

September 27, 2011 04:55 PM
Diana said...

I love Caramel Apples!!! the ones drizzled in fudge and white chocolate!

September 27, 2011 04:57 PM
Cassie said...

I would have to say my favorite Halloween candy is Dots! =D

September 27, 2011 04:57 PM
Lauren said...

Reese’s cups!

These look so yummy and I’m grateful to find something where presentation doesn’t matter :) I’m still working on that part in most of my baking….

September 27, 2011 04:57 PM
Colette said...

Twix! a cookie, caramel, chocolate – doesn’t get any better hehe

September 27, 2011 04:58 PM
ArnoNym said...

Gummi bears

September 27, 2011 04:59 PM
Lauren said...

Hands down candy pumpkins! Yummmm….

September 27, 2011 05:01 PM
Lauren said...

My favorite Halloween candy is anything chocolate, but if I had to pick one, I’d go with mini-Butterfingers.

September 27, 2011 05:01 PM
Erika said...

Favorite Halloween Candy is candy corn!!

September 27, 2011 05:03 PM
Jessica said...

Candy corn – I eat the white part first, then the yellow, and then orange…and I love the candy corn pumpkins too! :)

September 27, 2011 05:04 PM
Kirsty said...

Toffee apples!

September 27, 2011 05:04 PM
Jill said...

I love snicker’s bites. But I would love to have this book even more!

September 27, 2011 05:05 PM
Alyssa said...

I love pumpkin spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting! And candy corn. And Halloween-themed peeps. I’m not very decisive I suppose but it’s such a fun holiday! :)

September 27, 2011 05:05 PM
Lilian said...

definitely Twix! the chocolate, caramel and biscuit just blended perfectly!

September 27, 2011 05:06 PM
Jessica Hilo said...

definitely those candy-corn pumpkins!!! btw I absolutely love your site!!!!! :D I’ve recommended it to many friends who are all bakerella fans now!

September 27, 2011 05:10 PM
Kate said...

Mini Snickers! Or anything mini-sized, which pretty much covers it all :)

September 27, 2011 05:12 PM
Jasmine said...

Anything chocolate! But particularly, KIT-KATS! I have a special way of eating them
too. I bite all the sides off first, then eat each layer of wafer separately starting from the bottom. My husband and kids think I’m crazy, but I just tell them I get to savor it slowly.

September 27, 2011 05:13 PM
Sarah said...

My favorite Halloween candy is Snickers! I’m a bad mom though, as I take them from my kids’ Halloween buckets. Fortunately since they’re 4, 2, and 2 months, they don’t even know…

September 27, 2011 05:18 PM
Mollie said...

I love the mallowcreme pumpkins! They’re made of the same stuff as candy corn but somehow way better.

September 27, 2011 05:20 PM
Samantha said...

Almond Joy….those were always my favorite out of all the Halloween candy.

September 27, 2011 05:21 PM
Carol Achziger said...

Fav Halloween Candy – only 1?! Are you crazy? Well, I would have to choose the little Hershey Special Dark bars. Just the perfect bite of dark chocolate!

I would love to win the book – because I happen to have chocolate nibs in my pantry. I got them in Hawaii at the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory. It is the only place in the USA where chocolate can be grown and they did not want to get their chocolate lost in the mix with the big companies. So, they not only grow the chocolate, but they also manufacture it. It is fabulous! I hope I win!!

September 27, 2011 05:21 PM
Diane P. said...

I almost missed this – Kit Kats!!!

September 27, 2011 05:23 PM
Martina Palatto said...

The best halloween candy in my opinion is Peeps Ghosts! Tastes so vanilla-ey! Can’t wait to make these sweet treats!

September 27, 2011 05:24 PM
Becky said...

I could make myself sick on candy corn and black jelly beans.

September 27, 2011 05:24 PM
Dreetje said...

We don’t celebrate Halloween over here in the Netherland, which I think is too bad, seems like a nice holiday! We do have Sint Maarten on november 11th where children make laterns and sing at the doors to get candy.

September 27, 2011 05:25 PM
Kristina said...

Candy Corn!

September 27, 2011 05:25 PM
Grace said...

My favorite Halloween candy probably is… Crunch bars. I can never get enough of them!

September 27, 2011 05:26 PM
Shruti said...

Do caramel apples count? The triple chocolate ones (dipped in caramel, then in milk chocolate and drizzled with dark & white chocolate…yumm) are my favorite!!

September 27, 2011 05:29 PM
Julia said...

Looks like some really great stuff in that cookbook!
My favorite Halloween candy is absolutely Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. THEY ARE SO YUMMY!

September 27, 2011 05:29 PM
Julia M. said...

Not too fussy about candy, but I love desserts!

September 27, 2011 05:30 PM
Emily said...

I would have to say candy corn and chocolate whoppers…mostly because I only eat them in october (why? I don’t know).

also, yes, go to salty tart. I just moved in MN and its amazing — make sure you try both their savory and sweet pastries. They’re all amazing! Its located in Midtown Global Market too so make sure you save room for lunch or dinner!

September 27, 2011 05:31 PM
Gabby said...


September 27, 2011 05:31 PM
Shonda said...

Of Coures REESE’s Peanut Butter Cups!!!

September 27, 2011 05:32 PM
Stacey said...

Some people in the neighborhood give out King Sized Reese’s Cups…those would have to be my favorite by far!!!

September 27, 2011 05:37 PM
Madeleine said...

definitely m&m’s!!

September 27, 2011 05:38 PM
Jules said...

I know they are just pure sugar but I love Rockets!

September 27, 2011 05:39 PM
Stephanie Ellis said...

My favorite Halloween candy is…..wait I have to pick just one? They are all my favorites!!!! Okay bottlecaps, because I can hardly find them anymore! Thanks!

Stephanie Ellis

September 27, 2011 05:40 PM
Julie said...

My favorite Halloween candy is Almond Joy candy bars!

September 27, 2011 05:40 PM
Sandra Tran said...

Candy Corn :o) YUMMMMMMMMMMIE!!!

September 27, 2011 05:41 PM
Elyse said...

We have you as our home page at work! I work at Kathy’s Kandies in Lafayette, IN and are always inspired by your work!

September 27, 2011 05:44 PM
Beki G said...

It’s mainly whatever I can grab out of my daughter’s trick or treat bag but sour patch kids are my favorite!

September 27, 2011 05:44 PM
Emily Marie said...

This book looks like perfection! My favorite Halloween candy… Kit Kats. Or Candy corn. Or twix… Hmmm, how to pick??

September 27, 2011 05:45 PM
mando said...

My favourite Halloween Candy? Mini chocolate bars for sure!

September 27, 2011 05:47 PM
Nancy said...

Reeses Peanut Butter Cups!

September 27, 2011 05:47 PM
Lisa in NJ said...

My fav candy is Kit Kats!!!! YUMMY

September 27, 2011 05:50 PM
dessertschick said...

When I was a kid, one family made these awesome buttescotch pops that they’d hand out on Halloween. No way you could do that now, unless everyone in the neighborhood knows you, but it was just the coolest thing ever.

September 27, 2011 05:50 PM
Emilia said...

Reese Chocolates!

September 27, 2011 05:51 PM
Shelley said...

Um, Yes Please!! That book looks A-mazing! My favorite halloween candy,… snickers. The bite sized ones that the kids get while trick-or-treating. I can eat 40 or them and not feel as guilty as eating 1 big one. ;) {mind trickery}.

September 27, 2011 05:52 PM
Raechel bucher said...

It’s between twix and reeses cups! Or homemade candy…

September 27, 2011 05:52 PM
Kirsten said...

For sure Mars bars! Preferably FULL sized! :)

September 27, 2011 05:52 PM
vallory said...

kit kats!

September 27, 2011 05:55 PM
Vanessa Drago said...


September 27, 2011 05:55 PM
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