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Chocolate, Cocoa Nib & Hazelnut Meringue Cookies – Recipe! Gluten-Free!

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My mother is crazy about meringue cookies.  I remember the first time I made these cookies, she quickly grabbed the plate and said, “These are mine.”  Since then, every time I make meringues of any kind, I think of mom.  For Mother’s Day I made two batches, so she would have enough to eat that day and take home for later.  These cookies are delightful with all their nutty, chocolaty, chewiness and are gluten-free.  They store nicely for a few days in a dry covered container, so go ahead and make a batch for your mother or that special someone.

Ingredients

1/3 cup toasted hazelnuts, most of the skins removed if possible

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate

2 teaspoons cocoa nibs, found at specialty grocer’s or online

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

4 large egg whites, room temperature

1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of salt

3/4 cup powdered sugar

(Makes 1 Dozen)

 

To Prepare:

1.  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Rough chop your hazelnuts and bittersweet chocolate.

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2.  Place the nuts and chocolate in a bowl along with the cocoa powder, cinnamon and cocoa nibs.  Whisk the mixture to combine and remove any lumps.

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3.  In a stand mixer, add your egg whites and whisk on high until soft peaks, about 3 minutes.

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4.  Add the cream of tarter, pinch of salt and vanilla to the egg whites and whisk on high for 1 minute.

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5.  Next, add the sugar and whisk on high until thick and creamy, about 4 minutes.

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6.  Add the fluffy whites to the dry ingredients in the bowl and fold the two together until combined, but slightly streaky.

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7.  Using 2 sheet pans, dollop the meringues into 6 cookies on each pan, making sure they don’t touch.  Place the pans in the oven to bake for 40 minutes, or until they are slightly firm.

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8.  Remove the meringues from the oven and let cool on the sheet pans, about 30 minutes.  With a spatula, carefully remove the meringues from the pans and give them away or place in your favorite cookie jar for later. Enjoy!

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