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Chewy Chocolate Meringues

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

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

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Pretzels.

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Pop Tarts.

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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.

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

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

And more.

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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.

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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.

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And her recipe for Chewy Chocolate Meringues is delish.

And easy.

And better yet, only needs four ingredients.

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Finely chopped bittersweet chocolate.

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Five tablespoons cocoa powder.

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Sugar and egg whites.

This photo kinda makes them look like egg yellows though.

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

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

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Then fold in the chocolate and cocoa.

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

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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.

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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…

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…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.

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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.

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Until then, want to win a copy?

You do. I promise.

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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.

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4,027 comments on “Chewy Chocolate Meringues”

  1. I love, love, love candy corn kisses! Yum!!! (and they’re not selling them this year so I’m super bummed).
    Your treats look dee-lish!

  2. mini mr. big chocolate bars! would love to win the book!

  3. Pretty much any candy that isn’t chocolate. I used to be in love with candy corn and I still enjoy it around Halloween but it’s not quite the obsession it used to be.

  4. Candy pumpkins! Some say they taste the same as candy corn, but I think they are way better:)

  5. How to choose just one? …if I have to choose one I would say reeses pumpkins

  6. Might be a pretty typical answer, but I’m a huge fan of the candy corn that comes out around Halloween! Mind you, if those meringues were considered candy, I’d pick them. ;)

  7. Almond Joys! (Honestly, ANY bite sized candy bar will do!)

  8. My favorite Hallowe’en candy is Reese’s. Kids don’t get enough of them nowadays because they have peanuts in them. So, I give out about 5 to each kid at Hallowe’en!

  9. I’m not really a candy fan (give me cake any day!) but I would pick peanut butter cups.

  10. Homemade caramel corn!! Yum!

  11. Your blog makes my mouth water, every morning as I sit at my compouter here in Southern Italy! Thank you!

    Tea

  12. DOTS gummy and the fruit flavoured tootsie roll (lime, yummy!)

  13. Candy Corn!!

  14. Reese’s Pumpkins!

  15. Oooo I’m on a twix kick at the moment :)

  16. I have to go with Kit Kats. For some reason it’s the only time I have them – reminds me of trick or treating as a kid.

  17. Here in Denmark Halloween is a new thing to celebrate, in my childhood we only did the trick or treat in Februrary, celebrating “Fastelavn” with a candyfilled barrel.
    Then you hit it (just like a piñata).

    My favourite treat from Fastelavn is a danish either with vanilla cream or apple jam Mmm…

    One thing that I miss from my visit in the states 9 years ago is m&m’s filled with peanutbutter.
    Oh so yummy…

  18. In australia i love to celebrate halloween with my American husband by making chocolate spiders. Crispy noodles covered in a dark chocolate/peanut butter mixture. SO good!

  19. I usually switch between Kit Kat, Snickers, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. After I’ve eaten until I am practically sick, I still have room for another mini Snickers bar – so that’s my answer! My husband has forbidden me from opening the Halloween candy early this year. Boo!

  20. Do Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes count? They are basically liquid candy to me.. yum! And Candy Corn of course!

  21. Here in Australia, Halloween isnt’ really celebrated. I have tried Candy Corn but can’t say i was very impressed – *sigh*

  22. My favorite Halloween candy is definitely candy corn, haha!

  23. Definitely candy corn. Should I even admit that I’ve downed an entire bag already and it isn’t even October!!! ;-)

  24. Candy corn is my favorite Halloween candy!

  25. Here in Australia, Halloween isn’t really celebrated. I have tried Candy Corn but can’t say i was very impressed – *sigh*

  26. I love chocolates or candy corn. =D

  27. I love all candy all the time. But my favorite Halloween candy would have to be candy corn or those candy pumpkins. Although they are super sweet so you can’t eat too many.:)

  28. I love M&Ms in Halloween colors!

  29. reeses peanut butter cups! MMmmmMMM! :)

  30. I adore candy corn pumpkins!! And little ghost peeps!! :)

  31. reeses pieces or mini kit-kat

    hard to choose, but reeses are a better color scheme

  32. I love anything that’s Chocolate… yum :)

  33. Kit kat or twix, I want some now!
    As a kid it was good n plenty

  34. Even if I don’t win this, I’d still definitely go out and purchase it.
    My favorite Halloween candy is Reese PB cups! yummmm.

  35. When I was a kid, I would haggle and negotiate half the candy in my bag for some Snickers!

  36. Caramel apple lollipops!

  37. I don’t have a favorite and can’t just call one out (as it wouldn’t be fair to the other candy contenders I love so much too!). However, one thing they put out every fall along with Halloween candy that I always love and look forward to is the caramel covered green apple lollipops. So yummy!!

  38. I always loved tootsie rolls, mainly because I only got to eat them at Halloween.

  39. Hmmm probably candy corn. Especially the pumpkins, sooooooooooo simple yet sooooooooooo good <3.

  40. I love the flavored tootsie rolls, but not the vanilla ones- the rest are delicious!

  41. Wow that cake on the cover looks to-die-for. My fav Halloween candy is mini-twix! (has to be the mini!)

  42. Candy corn or tootsie rolls!

  43. I can eat more candy corn than I’m proud of in one sitting. But my favorite when my parents would take me trick or treating were always Kit Kats!

  44. you can never, ever go wrong with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

  45. Original Candy Corn. i don’t like the other favors. I cant get enough.

  46. My favorites are any little fun sized (or full sized) chocolate candy bars… snickers, 100 grand…

    These meringues look delicious!!

  47. Hmmm… Candy corn!

  48. I personally looooove candy corn
    However, I try to get the pumpkin versions, because they’re too adorable!

  49. I love anything chocolate.

  50. I love candy corn .
    That book is a piece of art ;)

  51. tootsie rolls!

  52. Candy corn! I love eating them piece by piece color by color!

  53. Any candy is good, but I prefer reeses pb cups and smarties.

  54. Pixie Sticks!!! I love a neon sugar high!

  55. MARY JANES! I LOVE peanut butter!

  56. candy corn!!!

  57. They’re not Halloween per se, but the packaging comes in Halloween-ish colors: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!!

  58. Twix! Anytime, anywhere, but especially at Halloween.

  59. glorious mini aero bars!

  60. I love caramel apples, snickers & tootsie rolls!

  61. Candy corn for the win! Although I do love peeps, they’re more of an Easter candy for me.
    Ps- can’t wait to see you in San Francisco next month!

  62. I was always excited when I got twix trick-or-treating.

  63. Depends on my mood, but snickers and 3 musketeers usually hit the spot.

  64. Does caramel popcorn count? I love corn.

    Your meringues look great. I’ve made vanilla meringue cookies before, but the chocolate looks even better.

  65. I had to think for a while. Even though I’m diabetic, I will always welcome a squishy-sweet-Swedish-Berries coma.

  66. Candy Corn and Sixlets

  67. Definitely the little bitty Atkinson’s Peanut Butter Bars with the clear cellophane wrapper with black stripes!! So good!

  68. I love the assorted bags of Nestle mini chocolate bars, the ones with the mini kit-kat bars, mini coffee crisp bars, and mini boxes of smarties…mini things always taste better ! =)

  69. I am absolutely in love with candy corn

  70. Candy corn that in my type A opinion have to be a eaten individually and in sections starting at the top.

  71. I love the giant lemon heads. I usually only find them during Halloween :)

  72. Autumn Mix especially the pumpkins!

  73. candy corn is my favorite.

  74. Candy corn! No doubt.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  75. I don’t celebrate Halloween Holiday but enjoy candy.:-). I like KitKats the best but any good chocolate would be next. Congratulations on having a recipe and pages about you in the book! I bake and cook almost every day .:-). I’m also Susan’s Decorated Sweets on FB (currently with daisy bouquet cake on profile).

  76. I love anything with peanut butter and chocolate! Not to mention pumpkin bars and caramel apples!!! yummy!

  77. Reeses peanut butter cups!! Mmmm…

  78. Candy corn….it’s so moreish!

  79. I absolutely adore candy corn- not just on Halloween, but every day if the year! All my friends seem to hate it though, which is sad. D:

    Although I do have a soft spot for those body parts gummies…

  80. Bottle caps!!

  81. I might have to try these chocolate meringues…….usually not a meringue fan but I am a CHOCOLATE fan!!

    I like most candy except the gummy varieties. Don’t like those! My all time favorite is a toss up between peanut M & M’s or Resses peanut butter cups.

  82. Anything chocolate! Especially the Reese’s bites as they are Halloween colours :)

  83. Peeps forever and always! And for some reason, I’ll only eat tootsie rolls come Halloween.

  84. Those little candy pumpkins…love them.

  85. Best part about Halloween is the semi-creepy but 100% awesome fellow in my neighborhood who hands out delicious mulled apple cider from a cobweb covered golf cart, shouting “Moldy cider! Get your moldy cider!”

  86. Candy corn. I live for it.

  87. Seasonal would be Candy Corn. Everyday in my TOT bag would be Reeses Cups

  88. York Peppermint Patties!

  89. Candy corn! Yes, I’m really a five year old at heart. >.>

    I need to track down the pop tart recipe. Another US thing that has never made it here!

  90. Candy corn pumpkins…mmmmmmmm have already stocked up on them so I can eat them through Christmas:)

  91. ANYTHING but candy corn! but especially kit kats. yum!

  92. The half-price candy after Halloween is over! :)

  93. Candy corn!!! :)

  94. dark chocolate mint 3 musketeers … mmmm

  95. Although candy corn is good, I love the candy pumpkins! Yum :)

  96. Mary Jane’s peanut butter

  97. Anything chocolate! When I rid my girls’ trick-or-treat bags that’s what I go for first!

  98. I love the candy corn pumpkins….. yummy!!!

  99. m&m’s. Both plain & peanut! Yum!

  100. I love it when you have a big bag of Halloween candy and all of the smells mix together. That is the smell of my childhood and it takes me back every year! : )

  101. All different varieties of the mini chocolate bars…I always eat them first…out of my kids bags…; )

  102. It’s so hard to pick a favorite, but I love candy corn!!! I like that it’s a seasonal candy…I reserve it for one time a year and it’s sooo worth it. :)

  103. We don’t usually celebrate halloween in aus, but you can’t go past a bucket of maltesers!!!!

  104. pumpkin spice Hershey’s kisses!

  105. PB cups for me (and my 2 year old)…hmm.

    Congrats on the new book!

  106. My favorite Halloween candy is Brach’s Mellowcreme Pumpkins-yummmmmmmmmmmmy!

  107. Flavored candy corn

  108. candy corn. hands down, candy corn.

  109. Mini Snickers- everything you could ask for in one small chocolatey bite… mmmmmmm…

    I love this site! Just found it probably about a month or two ago. I’m excited to attempt my second recipe from this site (the gum drops were amazing!).

  110. I have to say Wonka Laffy Taffy!!!

  111. Reese’s!! Any kind. Pieces, minis, king size…

  112. Caramel apple candy corn – yummmm

  113. My fav halloween candy are black licorice rolls. Yum yum.

  114. I love candy corn and I especially love that it comes in so many different flavors…there is a cotton candy one that is yummy!

  115. I LOVE CARAMEL APPLES <3

  116. Candy corn! I like to eat each stripe of color individually… I realize that’s bizarre.

  117. Plain old milk caramels are my favorite! YUM!!

  118. I have a soft spot for Reeses Peanut Butter cups!

  119. Great post! They looks delicious.

    My favorite Halloween candy is Laffy Taffy!

  120. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!!! The orange wrapper is so suitable for the occasion too!

  121. For sure it’s caramel popcorn that my momma made and now I make for my littles. Sweet and a little salty…so delish I might have to start Halloween festivities early this yr.

  122. Candy corn! Specifically, the kind that has a chocolate-flavored layer. I always get excited when I see bags of candy corn for sale. Yay Fall! (It’s still 103 degrees in Austin, but it gives me hope that cooler weather is on its way.)

  123. Reese’s Cups and Milky Way!

  124. my favorite halloween candy is kinda boring–it’s candy corn! but I could eat it all day! mmmm!

  125. TWIX! I always loved when I got mini Twix bars when trick or treating!

  126. My favorite Halloween candy are the mini York Peppermint Patties. Mm.

  127. Based exclusively on candy that arrives on shelves only at Halloween, I would say the pumpkin mallowcremes.

  128. Love my candy corn!

  129. My favorite Halloween candy has to be Kit Kat Bars! I can’t get enough of them.

  130. I like candy corn mixed with salted peanuts. Salty and sweet!

  131. Snickers! Beautiful cookbook!!

  132. I WANT =[ Ever since I moved out for college, I missed baking so much. I need some inspiration!!

  133. I love all chocolate, but my all time favorite is symphony with toffee.

  134. Mmmm! Those look amazing and I am a sucker for recipes with few ingredients that look super easy.

    My FAVE Halloween Candy is CANDYCORN! I can eat it by the handful-but try not to! MMMM!

  135. hands down: peanut butter m&ms. >.< so delicious and I feel less guilty eating the Halloween fun sized packs than an entire bag of them.

  136. I love caramel apple suckers! Mmm…
    I also love Twix (and anything else with chocolate!)

  137. Mary janes!

  138. I’m definitely a candy corn girl!

  139. my favorite halloween candy is tootsie rolls, i always save them to eat till the very end. plus, people tend to give out a lot of them. :]

  140. i’m not a huge fan of candy.. I do love chocolate all year round, though!

  141. 3 Musketeers!

  142. Kit Kats! But growing up there was a nice lady down the street who always made homemade cookies and put them in their own cellophane baggies – those were even better than candy!!

  143. anything chocolate :)

  144. those peanut butter things…they’re like goetze’s caramel cremes but they’re peanut butter taffy-type stuff with peanut butter in the middle. i don’t remember their name, but i LOVE them!

  145. It would be Tootsie Rolls for me!

  146. snickers!!!! i used to hate candy corn but about 8 years ago i realized how amazing it really is…so that, too :)

  147. Any chocolate….but i like candy corn too ;)

  148. Congrats on this book! I love Twix. Can’t wait for all the candy!

  149. Almond Joy! :) YUMM

  150. My favorite Halloween candy is Snickers. I always steal all of them out of my girls’ trick or treat bags. I blame my mom; she said she craved Snickers so bad when she was pregnant with me that she ate one everyday!

  151. Birthday cake!!! Halloween happens to be my birthday! :)

  152. chocolate! any kind, any size.

  153. I love halloween peeps. But they have to get a little stale and chewy first!

  154. I LOVE CANDY CORN:)

  155. Hmmm, well just about anything CHOCOLATE…if it has nuts, or caramel, or crispies, or nougat, or…wait, you said candy specific to Halloween…well it’d have to be CANDY CORN! Yumm

  156. Candy Corn and Reeses… love it all!

  157. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite–I always hand them out at my house so I can enjoy the leftovers!

  158. I love candy pumpkins.

  159. Not because they taste the best or anything, but for nostalgia purposes, I love those waxy lips that turns out are actually gum. Grandma got them every year back when Costco was Jemco and then Price Club!

  160. My favorite Halloween candy is candy corn :) and peanut butter taffy!

  161. candy corn!! no doubt!! nothing says halloween like candy corn :)

  162. My favorite Halloween candy is the pumpkins from the Autumn mix, but I do my best to track down a bag of just the pumpkins because otherwise the other candy in there goes to waste.

  163. Anything with chocolate and none of the gross candy corn! :)

  164. Reese cups and candy corn!

  165. Nowadays I love those caramel apple pops but when I was a kid I really liked getting Mambas in my bag.

  166. I know most people put them on their worst candy list, but I really love those peanut butter chewy candies in the black or orange wax paper wrappers!

  167. These Chewy Chocolate Meringues look delicious. I can imagine why they’re addictive too. :) Can’t wait to try the recipe.

    My favorite Halloween candy is Twix. Love that chewy caramel, rich chocolate cover and crunchy wafer/cookie inside. Hm….yum!

    Thanks for a chance to win this cook book.

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

  168. chocolate!

  169. Those Mexican chewy fruit candies – they kind of tast like Mambas (maybe it’s just a So-Cal thing). Oh, and Almond Joy!

  170. Perfect timing – I was just looking for a chocolate meringue recipe the other day!!

    My favorite Halloween candy is anything chocolate! I don’t discriminate! ;)

  171. I have got to say that my favorite Halloween candy would have to be Molasses Kisses and the best part is………my kids don’t like them so I always get THEM ALL……….Can’t wait!

  172. These look so yummy!

  173. Mallowcreme pumpkins!

  174. I love those black and orange wrapped Peanut butter flavored nougat things. Luckily for me my girls HATE them !!

  175. Candy Corn, can never seem to get enough of it.

  176. Definitely the pumpkin-shaped Reese’s cups :)

  177. Reese’s PB cups!

  178. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

  179. Not much of a candy fan, but at Halloween I do give in to those pumpkin candy corns! I’d love the book..at mid thirties, I’m just starting to bake more than boxed cookies or muffins…it’s fun!

  180. Candy – Anything with chocolate. Toss up between Kit-Kats & Malt Balls

  181. My favorite would have to be the pumpkin spice hershey kisses! YUM!

  182. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup’s without a doubt! Now if Ferrero Rocher ever became a standard Halloween candy…that would DEFINITELY be mine!

  183. I “tax” my kids’ candy, especially when there are Kit Kats available. I also love a handful of candy corn & peanuts – tastes like a Payday!

  184. That book looks like heaven..my fave candy is anything with chocolate

  185. Mini candy bars of all kinds… this year, Peanut Butter Snickers owns my soul.

  186. Twix! I will definitely be getting some tomorrow along with the ingredients for these cookies!

  187. Mini Twix–they taste so much better than full-size!

  188. Every year as a child my sister and I would look through our candy haul and divvy it up. We always fought over those mini boxes of nerds! I may have to go out and buy some out of nostalgia…

  189. Candy corn!

  190. I love the assorted mini bars – Snickers, Kit Kat, Twix, Milky Way… but I pick out the Kit Kat bars for myself. :]

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