"Chocolate is not junk food. It is emotional health food." - Dragon Lady
Question #20134 posted on 11/02/2005 3:01 a.m.

Dear Ambrosia et. al.,

I tried to make meringue cookies and they didn't turn out very well. Do you suppose it was the altitude? Do any of you have a good, Utah-friendly recipe for meringue cookies?

- azurerocket

A: Dear Azurerocket,

It's possibly, although it seems unlikely. I can't really tell you without looking at the recipe.

Anyhoo, here's another recipe you might try:

Chocolaty Meringue Stars

3 large egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
2/3 C sugar
2 TB + 1 tsp baking cocoa
app. 1/3 C. ground walnuts

1. Heat oven to 275 F. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil or cooking parchment paper.
2. Beat egg whites and craem of tartar in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until foamy. Beat in sugar, 1 TB at a time; continue beating until stiff and glossy. Do not underbeat. Fold in cocoa. (Batter will not be mixed completely; there will be some streaks of cocoa.)
3. Place meringue in decorating bag fitted with large star tip (#4). Pipe 1 1/4-inch stars onto cookie sheet. Sprinkle lightly with walnuts; brush excess nuts from cookie sheet.
4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until outside is crisp and dry (meringues will be soft inside). Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. store in airtight container.

From Betty Crocker's Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today, 9th Ed.

Best of luck with that. If they don't work out, let me know, and I'll see what else I can dig up.