Strawberry Meringues

Delicious, festive, melt in your mouth Strawberry Meringues dipped in chocolate! My favorite cookie recipe!

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Delicious, festive, melt in your mouth Strawberry Meringues dipped in chocolate! My favorite cookie recipe!

And the award goes to…..

I love movies. I love going to the movies. I love the popcorn I get at the movies. I can see a dumb movie and still have a great time, because I love the experience.

But you know what drives me crazy? All the award shows.

Actors and actresses make more money than the average person. Clearly. Let’s set up an example.

Delicious, festive, melt in your mouth Strawberry Meringues dipped in chocolate! My favorite cookie recipe!

Betty Jo Nurse works 40 hours a week, plus overtime at her hospital job. Caring for people day in and day out. At the end of the year…is she hoping to get an AWARD? Best nurse award? Do we have a TV event for the Nurse of the Year? (because we should….)

Seriously, my point is this. Do away with the awards please. Your award is the fact that you make so much money and your movie was a hit at the box office. Do we really need to see these people dressed up in clothes we can’t afford, giving speeches that make us want to barf, and talking about the free swag that costs more than my home?

Okay, I’m a little bitter, haha.

Delicious, festive, melt in your mouth Strawberry Meringues dipped in chocolate! My favorite cookie recipe!

Let’s give an award instead for this….Strawberry Meringues.

These are melt in your mouth delicious. The sweet strawberry meringue is finished with decadent, dark chocolate! Of course, I used my favorite Ghirardelli dark melting wafers. They are so smooth, and they melt perfectly EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Well, if you’re going to have to watch an awards show, I suggest you at least have the perfect treat!

Delicious, festive, melt in your mouth Strawberry Meringues dipped in chocolate! My favorite cookie recipe!

A few tips about making meringue cookies:

  • Bake them at a low temperature for a long time. I usually do 200 degrees for 90 minutes.
  • Use parchment paper! Easy to clean up, and mine never get browned bottoms.
  • Once done baking, turn oven off and let them set in the oven for hours. I usually make them in the evening, then let them sit in the oven overnight.
  • Don’t bake on a humid day. Don’t store them when it’s humid in your house.
  • Use JELL-O gelatin powder to add color and flavor (I usually add in a couple tablespoons of the powder).
  • If using food coloring, add it before beating to stiff peaks. It helps distribute it more evenly. I also find gel food coloring works better than liquid.
  • Use a pastry bag and tip for swirls and roses. Or use a spoon and drop by tablespoon onto parchment paper. You decide.
  • Use good chocolate melting wafers for dipping your meringues. It sets up quick and doesn’t change the texture of your meringue. (I like Ghirardelli)

I’ve got a quick video showing just how easy it is to make these Strawberry Meringues!

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Strawberry Meringues

Yield: 100+

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 90 minutes, plus 2 hours in oven turned off

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp strawberry JELL-O gelatin powder
  • 8 oz dark chocolate melting wafer, melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a clean, dry mixing bowl, whisk egg whites with electric mixer until foamy (about 30 seconds).
  3. Add in vinegar and corn starch and continue to beat for about a minute, as soft peaks begin to form.
  4. Slowly add in sugar while mixer is on high, and continue beating while adding in gelatin powder. Beat until stiff peaks form (about 4 minutes).
  5. Fill pastry bags with meringue and pipe onto the parchment paper in swirls (using your favorite tip). Place in oven and bake for 90 minutes. Turn oven off and leave in oven for several hours (or overnight. I prefer to make these in the evening and leave them in until morning.
  6. Once cooked, dip bottoms in melted chocolate. Allow to set, about 10 minutes. ENJOY!
**I find these keep best in an open bowl or cookie jar, not covered. Do not bake if humid.

Delicious, festive, melt in your mouth Strawberry Meringues dipped in chocolate! My favorite cookie recipe!

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11 Responses to “Strawberry Meringues”

  1. Mir
    posted Feb 3, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Preach, Aimee. I’m a teacher and I work really hard, and I don’t think I’ll be getting an award (or wearing a beautiful dress) anytime soon. I hate how we idolize some professions and look down on others. It’s so arbitrary, too.
    These should get an award because they take skill and patience to make! They’re totally gorgeous.

  2. posted Feb 3, 2016 at 5:24 am

    For starters, these are the most delish looking, bit size treats that just have me in awe!!!!! -Isn’t it crazy how the world perceives people these days.. It’s so sad and irritating! It seems like people just expect to get things handed to them or put on pedestals. Then you have the people that deserve those actual pedestals and they are never the ones placed on them.

  3. Simona
    posted Feb 3, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    I can’t wait to make these cookies next week. My only concern is that I have 7 egg whites and if you’re getting over 100 cookies out of 4 egg whites I’d get almost double from 7 and I won’t be able to bake them in the oven at the same time. Were you able to fit all the cookies from 4 egg whites at once in the oven?

    • posted Feb 4, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      For mine, I was able to fit them all onto two baking trays. It depends on your oven…I actually have three shelves in my oven, so I could have made another pan worth. Also, you can pipe these real close together as they don’t spread out (and the pans can be anywhere in the oven, as it’s not hot enough to burn them, although if you’re worried you can rotate the pans halfway through). You can also pipe them into higher swirls (like an icecream swirl)!

  4. Jennifer
    posted Feb 4, 2016 at 10:49 am

    These look delicious! Quick question….I was thinking of making these for my children’s classmates for their Valentine’s Day party. However, you recommend storing them in an open container. How would they do in a small ziplock bag for a short time? I would stick them in the bags probably the night before. Do you think the texture would change much from being in the baggies?
    Thanks!!

    • posted Feb 4, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Being in a ziploc overnight definitely could change the texture! My girls take them in their lunches and put them in ziplocs in the morning and they are fine by lunch (only a few hours). However, I would worry overnight might be too long.

  5. posted Feb 5, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I’ve never tried gelatin powder coloring, will have to give it a shot. These cookies are beautiful and I think they would sweeten up any award show (or not, since I’m with you and don’t watch them) but they would be perfect for movie night at home!

  6. Linda Dee
    posted Feb 5, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Aimee,
    Love reading your angle on life…. and sweets !
    Hollywood & Oscar’s ….. who doesn’t like getting a GOLD star in life?

    I’m a very active Pastor’s wife, I’ll be making these for our congregation for an after service treat.
    No matter what your talent or occupation is, let’s remember to share the appreciation and love with everyone – spread it all around ! Heart wishes for a Happy Valentine’s Day

  7. posted Feb 5, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Can you use sugar free jello?

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