What do you crave on a blustery day, while cuddled up in a blanket, reading a good book? Well, hot cocoa, of course. And don't forget the marshmallows.
I really wanted to send Marissa, over at Pinch and Swirl and my Leftovers Club partner this month, a cup of warm goodness, but the postal system being as it is I settled for bite sized cocoa flavored treats which are a remarkable mixture of marshmallow fluffiness and melt in your mouth crispness, definitely a hot cocoa sensation. I hope they help to keep her warm, if only by association.
The perfect Valentine's Day treat - just enough to satisfy that chocolate urge, but not too much to overwhelm (molten lava cake I am looking at you).
The Leftovers Club is a super cool way to have your blog noticed by other bloggers. It is a way to see what other people are making AND it is a great way to score some yummy treats and share the love at the same time. So, what are you waiting for... join the club!
Bite Sized Cocoa Meringues
Adapted from Hidden Ponies
Yield: 4 dozen small cookies
- 3 large egg whites
- ¼ tsp cream of tartar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
- Preheat oven to 250F.
- Beat egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt at high speed of a mixer until soft peaks form. Add sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, beating until stiff peaks form.
- Sift cocoa over egg white mixture; fold in.
- Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper; secure to baking sheet with masking tape if necessary. Spoon batter into a piping bag fitted with a piping nozzle. Squeeze onto baking sheet in small mounds. They can be very close together as they will not spread much with baking.
- Bake at 275F for 45-55 minutes or until crisp and dry. Cool on pan on a wire rack. Repeat procedure with remaining batter, reusing parchment paper. Store in an airtight container