Make up to two days ahead, and store in an airtight container at room temperature. The chocolate and hazelnut coating adds textural interest to these airy, sweet treats.
5 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ounces semisweet chocolate
1/3 cup blanched whole hazelnuts, toasted and finely chopped
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 250°.
Place egg whites in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar and salt, beating until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugars, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla; beat 1 minute.
Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spoon 24 (2-inch-round) mounds onto prepared baking sheets. Place in oven; bake at 250° for 1 hour or until dry to touch, rotating pans halfway through cooking. (Meringues are done when surface is dry and meringues can be removed from paper without sticking to fingers.) Turn oven off. Cool meringues in oven 1 hour. Remove from oven; carefully remove meringues from paper.
Place chocolate in a medium glass bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until almost melted, stirring until smooth. Dip side of each meringue in melted chocolate and chopped hazelnuts.
Made these last year. Really great and crisp. I made different nut and non-nut sprinkles. I just dipped the bottom in chocolate and layed them on the nuts. worked perfectly. I made a few batches with peppermint extract and dark chocolate dip (no nuts). Those were also great. Dipped in crushed candy cane.
This was my first attempt at making meringue. It was easy and they turned out beautiful. Instead of dropping them (which looked more like clumpy chunks) I used a pastry bag to make swirls of gooey deliciousness. I followed the directions and all went well.
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