Diets suck. You know when diets are the worst? When you are on Pinterest. I don’t know how many times my dieting good intentions turned sour from perfect Pinterest cakes and cookies. First I’m looking at bathroom remodels then a picture of a cinnamon bun comes up and before I know it I’m looking at related cinnamon bun recipes, chocolate chip cookies, and glorious buttery pasta.
It’s at that moment when my husband finds me gnawing on a pillow trying to stop the insatiable urge to launch myself at the tube of icing in the pantry.
It’s times like those that recipes like this were made for. These cute little Chocolate Chip Meringues are the perfect cravings cruncher. At only 25 calories a cookie you can eat a handful and still fit into that bikini.
What I love about these cookies is that you probably already have all of the ingredients on hand. This is ideal for those late night Pinterest craves. First start by mixing your egg whites, salt, cream of tartar, and extracts until soft peaks form. Don’t worry about the color in that first picture, the vanilla extract turns these cookies a little brown. If you want you could use clear vanilla extract to keep these babies perfectly white.
Once your soft peaks form add the sugar and continue mixing until you get hard peaks.
At this point, fold in the chocolate chips and scoop onto a baking sheet and bake.
When you pull them out of the oven they are like little chocolate clouds. Puffy and fluffy, with hints of vanilla and almond. They remind me of a chocolate chip cookie, only without the calories. Eat them with a cup of coffee or hot tea and feel superior that you are sticking to that diet – at least for the moment.
- 2 egg whites
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg whites, salt, cream of tartar, and vanilla extracts until soft peaks form.
- Continue mixing and gradually add in sugar. Beat until still peaks form. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Scoop batter onto a cookie sheet. Dot the tops with extra chocolate chips.
- Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Cool completely.