chocolate almond meringues
One of my very favorite Christmas cookies is a meringue – the Forgotten Meringue, a vanilla meringue with chocolate chips – and I was excited to try another recipe out this Christmas. I figured I really couldn’t go wrong with chocolate, almonds, and a Dorie Greenspan recipe.
Meringues are the perfect holiday cookie, not just because they’re deliciously light and airy, but because they are healthy! Ok, they’re not healthy…but compared to most cookies they are. They’re a welcome departure from all the rich butter-laden cookies that abound this time of year. They’re low in cholesterol (many meringue recipes are actually cholesterol free), low in fat, and gluten free. My diabetic friend has even informed me that they’re low carb and a great diabetic option. So lighten up your cookie spread a little with some meringues this Christmas! It’ll make you feel better when you realize you’ve had eight cookies, but half of them were meringues, which barely count, right?
These meringues are flavored with ground almonds and cocoa powder and get some extra chocolate oomph from some finely chopped bittersweet chocolate. I like these cookies – really I do, I like them a lot – but I don’t love them in the same way that I love the Forgotten Meringues. In truth, that may be due to sentimentality in large part. We’ve made the Forgotten Meringues for every Christmas that I can remember, and they’ve simply become a part of Christmas for me. But if you like chocolate and you like meringues (and how could you not?), you’re going to love these.