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Dirty Snowball Cookies or Meringues with Chocolate Shavings


We had our first snowstorm last week and after a Sunday afternoon outside, my daughter was inspired to make up this recipe. They came out looking just like the title but tasting like a luscious meringue cookie with a hint of chocolate. She was very proud to share this with you.

3 large egg whites
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces chocolate, sliced into thin shavings (or ¼ cup chocolate sprinkles)

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add sugar, 2 Tablespoons at a time, beating 2 – 4 minutes until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves. Beat in vanilla extract. Fold in chocolate shavings.

Scoop batter into small round balls and place on the cookie sheet (make each one about 1 ½ inches in diameter).
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Immediately turn off the oven and let the cookies stay in the oven overnight to completely dry.
Store in airtight container.