Friday, December 2, 2011

Cookie Day

This holiday is for honoring and enjoying the sweet flavor of cookies and sharing them with friends and family. Let this holiday remind you of fond memories of days gone by. Let today be the day you learn to bake new cookie recipes and learn to decorate a cookie in a new way.

Let today be the day you buy a new cookie cutter and enjoy using it by baking homemade cookies. Let today be the day you sit down with a tall cold glass of milk or hot coffee, a large plate of fresh cookies, and have no guilt at eating them all up.
White Christmas Dream Drops

Unlike traditional meringues, which are crisp all the way through, these are still chewy on the inside, like mini pavlovas but with white chocolate chips and plenty of peppermint. For an elegant touch, dip the edges in melted dark chocolate.

Ingredients

2 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tbsp. coarsely crushed peppermint candies

Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 250°. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a deep bowl with a mixer, using whisk attachment if you have one, just until soft peaks form. Add vanilla and salt. With motor running and mixer on high speed, pour in 1 tbsp. sugar and beat 10 to 15 seconds, then repeat until all sugar has been added. Scrape inside of bowl and beat another 15 seconds. At this point, meringue should form straight peaks when beaters are lifted. Fold in chocolate chips and 1/3 cup candies with a flexible spatula.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, using a bit of meringue at corners as glue. Using a soup spoon, drop meringue in rounded 1-tbsp. portions slightly apart onto sheets, scraping off with another spoon. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 tbsp. candies.
  3. Bake until meringues feel dry and set when touched but are still pale, 30 to 35 minutes, switching pan positions halfway through. Turn off oven, open door, and let cookies stand about 10 minutes. Let cool on pans.
Make ahead: Up to 2 days, stored airtight.

26 comments:

  1. Yummy, these sound great!

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  2. They sound and look delicious, pretty too :-)

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  3. i loveeeeeeeeeee cookies and cakes even though sometimes our cakes turn out funny becos we are good with following instructions :D

    thanks for sharing the receipe. Have a great weekend Sandee!

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  4. i mean we are never good with following instructions *LOL*

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  5. I'm not much for meringue but they sure are purdy!

    Happy Friday! big hugs xoxo

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  6. It sure is getting to be cookie time.Those look good.

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  7. Yummy! Baking is so much fun, but so much work :)
    Have a great weekend, Sandee!

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  8. I'm not a meringue fan, but the cookie recipe swap is a great one.

    Enjoy the change of watch tonight and w/e. You two always have fun, and I just wish the two of us could join you.

    Big hugs, honey...

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  9. Oh my gosh, these cookies look so pretty and so delicious! :D Although my favorite is the chocolate chip cookie, I would really like to try to make this one! :D

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  10. i wonder if there is a cake day?

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxooxox

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  11. Oh yes we love cookies and I used to bake them every Christmas but don't think I will this year but you never know. It is fun to make them and give them away. Those look like some mighty fine cookies. Take care and enjoy your weekend. More hugs to Little Bit.

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  12. Wow Sandee! These cookies look great! I am a big fan of cookies! If you wish you can add these to the Thursday Creative Blog Hop as it is still open. I know a lot of persons would love to make these goodies. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

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  13. I love cookies and they love me back! With a cake or pie it's easy to limit yourself to a slice, but cookies present more of a problem. I eat them until they're gone.

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  14. what a great idea and those cookies sure do look good. You don't mind if I take just one do you? :)

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  15. My recipe for chocolate chip cookies is to go to the store and buy them.

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  16. Very look is inviting ...feel like eating the entire lot!

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  17. They look delcious. I would definitely eat quite a few of those. My baking skills wouldn't be up to the task of making them though!

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  18. Those look so pretty and yummy!

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    1. They are very pretty and they taste even better. :)

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  19. Mmmm. Meringues are one of my favorite holiday treats. Love that you dipped the bottoms in chocolate too!

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    1. You can't have enough chocolate. You just can't. :)

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  20. I have never heard of this recipe, Yum! They look easy and yummy. That is kind of my requirement for holiday baking :) Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. They are very yummy and very easy to make. Color equals Christmas too. :)

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  21. Hi Sandee, oooOOooo these look teeth rottingly nice. I am a big fan of meringue and the addition of crushed peppermint sweets adds a nice twist.... Like these would last two days!

    xx

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    1. They lasted one day the last time I made these. I don't do them quite as pretty, but they taste fabulous. :)

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