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Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

These meringues were one of my very favorite sweets growing up. Although not exactly health food, my version does scale back the sugar by 25 percent relative to other recipes. Each cookie weighs in at about 30 calories. Be warned: eating them may cause pleasure and pleasure leads to smiling and smiling causes fine lines. 
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 45 kcal
Author Katie Morford


  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Line 2 bakings sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. Separate the eggs, putting the whites into a large, supremely clean bowl. Reserve the yolks for another use.
  3. Add the cream of tartar and salt to the egg whites. Beat the whites in a stand up or electric mixer on medium speed until they form soft peaks
  4. With the mixer running, gradually add the sugar, taking about 1 minute to add it. Add the vanilla and turn the speed to high, beating the whites to stiff peaks, about 1 more minute.
  5. Use a rubber spatula to fold the chocolate chips into the whites.
  6. Drop generous spoonfuls of the eggs whites (just shy of 1/4 cup) onto the baking sheets.
  7. Bake until firm and dry with a pale brown cast to the exterior, about 1 1/2 hours.