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!

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And the winner is……

comfort_winnerMyra – You’re gonna love this book.

Jamila said...

I love candy corn!! Yum…

September 27, 2011 05:56 PM
Mia Jamal said...

Candy Corn!! It would not be halloween without them :)

September 27, 2011 05:57 PM
Kimberly said...

Snack size Reese Peanut Butter Cups!

September 27, 2011 05:58 PM
samantha said...

my favorite candy is……mini chocolates and mexican candies all of them!!!

September 27, 2011 05:58 PM
Bounce. said...

We don’t really have any ‘traditional’ or ‘usual’ Halloween candy here in England…. I do like Haribo Spooky Mix and Monster Mix, but this year I’m going to be making mini red velvet cupcakes with red-black and orange-black frosting…. I’m also being inspired to make Oreo-style cookies with red or orange filling :) I love Halloween :)

September 27, 2011 06:00 PM
carolina said...

My favouritee are Reese’s Peanut Butter cups!!!!!
P.S: I MUST make those chocolate meringues!!

September 27, 2011 06:03 PM
Mark said...

Definitely those chewy things in the black and orange wrappers, most people dislike them, but its what I most look forward to during the halloween season…. :)

September 27, 2011 06:04 PM
jerelly said...

They look incredibly delicious

September 27, 2011 06:05 PM
linda nguyen said...


September 27, 2011 06:09 PM
Ashley said...

Candy corn!

September 27, 2011 06:12 PM
Kira said...

Reese’s peanut butter cups! Though they are fantastic all year long

September 27, 2011 06:12 PM
Mandy in Canada said...

I like the chocolate eyeballs I got last year at Walmart they have caramel, peanut butter & rice crispy ones all in the same bag yum!

September 27, 2011 06:15 PM
Krystal said...

I love how all candies are itty bitty and individually packaged during Halloween (=

September 27, 2011 06:18 PM
Marie said...

Anything Chocolate. Especially a Coffee Crisp chocolate bar. Mmmmm!

September 27, 2011 06:19 PM
Caroline said...

Candy corn – hands down favorite!

September 27, 2011 06:29 PM
delia juarez said...

My favorite Halloween candy has to be the candy corn I bought a bag and ate it all myself (oh and the munchkin inside me) lol.
I would <3 to have all these tasty goodies at my fingertips!!

September 27, 2011 06:30 PM
Briana said...

Omg, I want that book. Oh, and my fave halloween candy is Almond Joys. Nobody else in my family likes ‘em, but I absolutely love them.

September 27, 2011 06:32 PM
Ginger P. said...

I love the candy corns! OK and m&m’s in the fall colors, plain, peanut, pretzel, and peanut butter.

September 27, 2011 06:32 PM
Heather said...

My favorite Halloween candy is the little mini Twix bars…I know that you can get for all holidays but I love them at Halloween since I get to share them with all of the kiddos that come to the door! Nothing like handing out something you love and hoping they love it too! Congrats on being in the book!

September 27, 2011 06:36 PM
Hannah said...


September 27, 2011 06:38 PM
Keiana said...

My favorite halloween candy are these crunchy & sweet and caramel-y chocolate bars that this one couple gives out on my street :) she only makes a few batches, so you have to get them fast!
Those meringues look super tasty ;) ?

September 27, 2011 06:39 PM
Sarah D. said...

Probably candy corn and I cannot tell you why!!

September 27, 2011 06:45 PM
Molly said...

Tootsie Rolls!

September 27, 2011 06:45 PM
lindsay g said...

mmmmmm baby ruths! :)

September 27, 2011 06:45 PM
Rosemary said...

Candy Corn and those pumpkins from the Autumn Mix.

September 27, 2011 06:50 PM
Ava Hockenberry said...

I absolutely love reese’s peanut butter cups!!!!

September 27, 2011 06:52 PM
Niki Dunbar said...

I would have to say mary janes! I have to stock up every year. Oh how I love you yummy peanut butter.

September 27, 2011 06:56 PM
Kendall said...

Reece’s…so good!!!
And Chocolate candy corn. I don’t like the regular kind

September 27, 2011 06:59 PM
Risa said...

candy corn!

September 27, 2011 07:00 PM
Any Mouse said...

my favorite candy for halloween are M&Ms!! i love them! :)
congrats on being on the book!! your recipes are amazing!!! :D

September 27, 2011 07:05 PM
Caroline said...

Mini Hershey bars!

September 27, 2011 07:07 PM
raquel from florida said...

I love mini m&ms mmmm!

September 27, 2011 07:12 PM
danielle said...

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!!!
actually – anything chocolate. . just NOT candy corn!

September 27, 2011 07:14 PM
Lexy said...

Reese peanut butter cups. Chocolate + Peanut Butter = heaven in my mouth.

September 27, 2011 07:26 PM
Ali said...


September 27, 2011 07:27 PM
Sydney Marie said...

I love 100 Grand Bars!!!

Anything with caramel really…

And popcorn balls! YUM!

September 27, 2011 07:28 PM
Sarah said...

My favorite Halloween candy will always be candy corn pumpkins. I could easily demolish a bag without batting an eyelash.

I wonder if they’re selling them yet…

September 27, 2011 07:35 PM
Heather said...

Milky Way, Three Musketeers, Twix, anything chocolate …

also: candy corn. I wish it was a vegetable.

September 27, 2011 07:36 PM
Bethany said...

Good ole’ candy corn!!

September 27, 2011 07:44 PM
Naomi said...

Do Halloween Oreos count? There’s just something about the orange icing!!!

September 27, 2011 07:45 PM
jen wheatley said...

Do caramel apples count as candy? A fall favorite! Or maybe popcorn balls!

September 27, 2011 07:48 PM
Leslye H said...

Sugar Babies are the best!!!

September 27, 2011 07:53 PM
Melissa Adkins said...

Deffinatly have to say it’s Candy Corn!!!

September 27, 2011 07:54 PM
Sue said...

Candy corn, of course! Even better if mixed with M & M’s…..

September 27, 2011 07:57 PM
Christine said...

It wouldn’t be Halloween without candy corn! My favorite!

September 27, 2011 07:57 PM
Amy said...

Totally has to be candy corn!! I also would consider homemade pumpkin cookies w/orange glaze on top a real treat!!

September 27, 2011 08:05 PM
Tiffany said...

I love all the mini sized candy .. we stock up and watch our choc intake.

September 27, 2011 08:10 PM
Sarah C said...

I loves caramel apples! SO good. as for actual candy… prolly twix. mmm

September 27, 2011 08:12 PM
Chelsea said...

Tootsi Rolls!

September 27, 2011 08:22 PM
Danielle said...

Mmmmm Candy!! I loooove the mini boxes of smarties … so much better out of the wee boxes than the big ones! Or the mini Coffee Crisps … yum!

September 27, 2011 08:27 PM
Chrissy said...

My favorite is candy corn and reese’s pb cups! <3

September 27, 2011 08:27 PM
Alison Leung said...

These look delicious. I love chocolate!!!

September 27, 2011 08:32 PM
Madison said...

My favorite Halloween candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups :)

September 27, 2011 08:32 PM
Jenifer said...

I just gave up gluten, soy & dairy. I’d love to try these meringues that i could actually eat. Not to mention they’re from a local baker!

September 27, 2011 08:45 PM
CathyB said...

My favorite are Butterfingers!

September 27, 2011 08:48 PM
staceys said...

not necessarily halloween candy but Halloween is when I eat them, snack size twix!! Mmmmmm!!

September 27, 2011 08:56 PM
Grace said...

Candy corn (it is just so sickeningly, deliciously sweet), Three Musketeers, and peanut M and M’s.
And Kit Kats.

September 27, 2011 08:58 PM
Nichole said...

Caramel Apple Suckers!!!

September 27, 2011 09:20 PM
Emy Pineda said...

I love candy corn!!!

September 27, 2011 09:21 PM
Julie said...

the individually packed Reese peanut butter cups that I buy every year for half off the day after Halloween!

September 27, 2011 09:22 PM
Dana said...

Candy corn!

September 27, 2011 09:26 PM
Michelle said...

Milk Duds!!

September 27, 2011 09:27 PM
Betsy Schneck said...

Take 5 candy bar…salty sweet..the best!

September 27, 2011 09:29 PM
Kristi said...

Reese’s peanut butter cups! They don’t survive long here!!

September 27, 2011 09:29 PM
Jackie said...

O,Henry bars and pumpkins

September 27, 2011 09:37 PM
Ashley said...

reese’s pieces and monster gummies :)

September 27, 2011 09:48 PM
Zinnia said...

Definitely anything chocolate.

September 27, 2011 09:55 PM
Cali Corley said...

Reese’s pumpkins! Love them!

September 27, 2011 09:58 PM
Yuchie said...

Twiiiiiiiix! =D

September 27, 2011 09:59 PM
Kerry said...

Peanut butter cups! Hope I win the book…and maybe I will be able to sneak out to meet you here in Mpls!

September 27, 2011 10:01 PM
Tiffany said...

It would be easier to tell you what kind of candy I don’t like! I love chocolate, but I also love Smarties and Sweet Tarts!

September 27, 2011 10:08 PM
Ariele Friedman said...

Personally my favorite Halloween candy is any of the big candy bars. <3 The more the better.

September 27, 2011 10:11 PM
Andrea said...

Caramel Apple Lollipops because they are the flavors of fall on a stick. Fall is my season and Halloween is my favorite holiday!

September 27, 2011 10:16 PM
Noreen said...

Candy corn is a must!!!

September 27, 2011 10:19 PM
eko said...

Heath bars!! – and caramel apples, and candy corn! :D

September 27, 2011 10:22 PM
HannahBee said...


September 27, 2011 10:28 PM
Leigh F said...

Russell Stover chocolate pumpkins with orange flavored marshmallow inside :)

September 27, 2011 10:50 PM
slammie said...

Mounds/Almond Joy

September 28, 2011 10:41 AM
Leslie Elsaifi said...

I love the Reese’s pumpkins but the pumpkin spice kisses might be a new favorite!

September 28, 2011 02:34 PM
Pauline Eberlein said...

mmmm…..I can still taste them! My favorite halloween candy (that you could only get at Halloween) were the black and orange tiger suckers. They were small and squarish and tasted of liquorice. As you sucked on them they were soft on the outside and got crunchy in the middle……mmmmm

September 28, 2011 04:02 PM
Diane Stowe said...

Candy corn mixed with Peanuts I put in a clear glass Pumpkin Jar. Yummy and pretty.

September 28, 2011 04:11 PM
Brooke and Mckenzie said...

Came on here looking at cake pops and got lost in the world of deliciousness. Fantastic blog!

Check out our blog:

Brooke and Mckenzie

September 28, 2011 05:29 PM
Myra said...

OMG!!!! I won!!!! I’m so excited to start baking and make bakerella proud! Thank you so much!

September 28, 2011 05:43 PM
yvette adams said...

Peanut butter M&Ms! Although we don’t really do Halloween in Australia. We don’t do peanut butter M&Ms either… but some specialty shops import them and sell them at crazy prices!

September 29, 2011 04:29 AM
yvette adams said...

I just got back from hols and realised I’m way late for this one! LOL.

September 29, 2011 04:30 AM
Ashley Alexander said...

Candy corn!!

September 29, 2011 05:40 PM
Morgan said...

B.Ella -

I made these cookies for my husband last night… and he devoured them. I made mine with an ice cream scoop, though, and they were massive when they were done baking. I wanted to try meringue again but next time go fruity instead of chocolatey…. any suggestions?

P.S. Thanks for this recipe, I had never tried meringue before because I was afraid of it, but NOW…. I am not. :)

September 29, 2011 09:09 PM
Andrea said...

Anything chocolate of course…. little candy bars and maybe some candy corn thrown in too.

September 29, 2011 09:12 PM
Andrea said...

Anything chocolate of course…. little candy bars and maybe some candy corn thrown in too.

September 29, 2011 09:12 PM
Jem of the South said...

I love William Sonoma! I was in there the other day dreaming about what I wanted to make. :) Congrats on being featuring in their book. That is really awesome!

September 29, 2011 10:48 PM
Caroline - France said...

Thank you infinitely to have indicated the measures in grams!!!

September 30, 2011 09:09 AM
Heidi said...

Congrats Myra! Thanks for the great recipes and keep up the good work.!

September 30, 2011 12:12 PM
Amanda said...

Dear Bakerella – I’ve never commented before, but I’ve made a few of your recipes, always with great success. My chewy chocolate meringues are in the oven as I type this, and I have a few questions. Your recipe calls for 5TBSP of cocoa powder, but I went by the weight as you suggested, and it looks like you meant to type 5 teaspoons? And I couldn’t find chocolate nibs either. I used an extra 4 oz. of bittersweet chocolate, but I’m curious if that’s what you did or if you substituted something else? I sure hope mine turn out as delicious as yours! They look good so far!
Thanks for all of your posts. I’m off now to start on my mini pumpkin pies – a house favorite.

September 30, 2011 12:46 PM
Amanda said...

Butterfingers, Snickers or Kit Kats…. notice the chocolate theme… :)

September 30, 2011 01:37 PM
Mighty Morgan said...

I missed out :( But I have to say those meringue cookies look absolutely fabulous!

September 30, 2011 04:11 PM
Amy said...

These look so awesome and easy!! So you don’t need to let them sit in the oven for an hour to cool or whatever? I’ve heard before that’s what you have to do for meringues. I ordered some for our wedding (wanted them to be light pink and orange – they were going to be so cute!!!) but it was one of the hottest weeks in August so the bakery ended up giving me them for free because it was too humid for them to harden properly (they were a sticky, chewy mess) – so I assumed all meringues were this way – but maybe not these!? (they told me after the fact they never bake them in the summer, so I don’t know why they didn’t tell me that BEFORE the fact!!)

October 1, 2011 12:19 PM
Gupse said...

Hi Bakerella!
I tried the recipe last night and they turned out great!!! I had baked them for 20 mins and took out the first batch out. They caved in:) I dont know why that had happened. I had 4 batches left so I baked the rest for about 25-30 mins just untill the shell was strong enough that they did not cave in. This was the first time I had made meringues. They were yummy!!! Everybody loved them:) I am definately going to make this again soon to take as a gift to a friend. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

October 1, 2011 02:03 PM
kathleen said...

So bummed I missed your offer!
Recently read this recipe but with the meringue made into 2 large disks and then assembled with chocolate whipped cream and raspberries. Chocolate pavlova. Yum!!

October 1, 2011 08:54 PM
Katie... said...

Hi BakerElla…..

jus to let u know im a big admirer of yr baking…kinda silent though cuz i never wrote anythng but this time i am finally :) this recipe is soooo unique that i jus wanna try it now….but wot i dint get is that did u use 5tbs or 5 teasp of coco pwdr..n did u substitute choc.nibs with choolate chopped or u just omitted it..plz do reply iwannamake em assap…
lov yr baking n yr blog…..great work!!!

October 2, 2011 09:43 AM
LuLu said...

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

October 2, 2011 11:55 AM
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