Espresso Meringues


Espresso meringues are relatively simple to make – they’re light and airy, and the combination of coffee and chocolate are delicious. Piped through a star icing tip, these cookies will be the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tins!  

  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 2 egg whites, room temperature, 30 minutes
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 pinches cream of tartar
  • 3 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tablespoon vegetable shortening
  1. Preheat oven to 200º, line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Put egg whites, salt, cream of tartar, and espresso powder in a large mixing bowl, and beat with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until it just holds  soft peaks. Slowly add the superfine sugar one tablespoon at a time, then increase speed to high. Beat until meringue holds stiff, glossy peaks.
  3. Transfer meringue to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip – I used a Wilton 1B. Dab some meringue under the corners of the parchment paper to secure the sheets. Pipe 1″ stars about 1/2″ apart.
  4. Bake for 2 hours, switching the positions of the baking sheets halfway through, until the meringues are dry and firm. Turn the oven off, and prop the door open with a wooden spoon for an hour. Remove sheets from oven, and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Melt the chocolate chips and shortening over a double boiler or for 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring after each addition until fully melted. Dip the bottoms of the meringues in chocolate, letting the excess drip off, and transfer to lined baking sheet. Place baking sheet in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to let the chocolate set.
  6. Store meringues layered between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container at room temperature for one week, or frozen for a month. To thaw, leave them in closed container for at least 30 minutes – do not unwrap until completely thawed. Makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies, depending on the size of the piped meringues.
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2 Responses to Espresso Meringues

  1. OldNFO says:

    drooling…. sigh

  2. Tina says:

    Coffee and chocolate, two great tastes that taste good together!

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