How was everyone’s weekend? I can’t help but be envious of anyone who got an Easter basket yesterday. For my entire life I’ve wanted one, is that weird? You better believe that I will be taking advantage of the post-Easter candy sales, though! I hope I can get my hands on some of those solid milk chocolate Hershey’s eggs with the pastel candy shells, they have been my favorite Easter candy forever.
While I didn’t get an Easter basket, I did have a wonderful weekend, one of the best in a while. We spent both Friday and Saturday nights with family for the Passover seders. It was such a nice treat that we got to be with both my family and Matt’s family on Saturday.
I have to admit that the weekend highlight, though, was Saturday morning and afternoon. That was the first day since I don’t remember when that Matt and I got to just relax and do whatever we wanted for the better part of a Saturday. It started with sleeping “late” (i.e. 7am) and then proceeding to be in my PJs all day while we watched TV and started planning a vacation. Speaking of which, would someone like to plan that vacation for us?
After months of working around the clock every.single.day. and a head full of stress, it was the best Saturday I could have asked for. It was sad to see the weekend end, but next weekend we are going on a mini getaway to Philly. We had a credit for a hotel stay so we are taking advantage of it to get some time to ourselves. Any suggestions of things we should do are welcome. Note: I grew up outside of Philly so we have already done all of the regular tourist stuff.
For Saturday’s seder, I brought dessert of course. After being on my feet all week I was happy to have some leftover Matzo Crack and Flourless Brownies (special requests) from Passover orders. I did want to make a little something else, though. With all the extra egg whites I had in my fridge, I had big plans for a fancy pavlova. However, tired feet and lack of sleep got the best of me so I stuck with something simple, meringue cookies. I spiced them up with chopped chocolate chunks and you know what? These were such a hit! I’ll say it again, the key to Passover desserts is sticking with things that aren’t meant to be something else. Naturally flourless is key.
Chocolate Chunk Meringues
Makes ~6 dozen meringues
Note: Before making your meringues, make sure your mixing bowl and whisk attachment are very clean. I wiped mine down with white vinegar to ensure there was no leftover grease to prevent the meringue from forming.
6 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
8 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees; line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside
In the large bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt at medium speed until the mixture has formed soft peaks
In crease the speed to medium high and slowly add the granulated sugar, one heaping tablespoon at a time
Keep mixing for several minutes until the meringue is stiff and glossy
Remove bowl from mixer and gently fold in the chocolate
Use a teaspoon to drop meringues onto prepared baking sheets about 1/2 inch apart (they do not expand much in the oven)
Place baking sheets in the middle and lower portions of the oven; bake for 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until meringues are firm and no longer spongy; the edges may start to brown
Remove parchment paper from the baking sheets and allow to cool; store in an airtight container away from humidity up to three days
Adapted from Food and Wine
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I’m always so scared to attempt to make meringues… I think it’s just that I keep thinking, what if they deflate :( – – I’ll have to give it a shot though, these looks far too delicious to pass up.
As long as you don’t have any yolk mixed in with your egg white you really will be fine! Pick a day with low humidity and they will be great:-)
I’m glad you guys had a relaxing weekend! It sounds like it was much needed (and well deserved). :) And have so much fun in Philly next weekend! The weather is always so gorgeous there at this time of year; I’m sure it will be beautiful.
I think we traded weekends…mine was spent crazily baking and yours sounds so relaxing and awesome! You deserve it though, 100%. :)
You feel the same way about flourless baking as I do with meatless dishes. Don’t try to make them something else, just enjoy what’s supposed to be as it’s supposed to be. I’m a sucker for meringues and these sound amazing!
It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend and great Passover!! These meringues look heavenly, I have a feeling I’d eat 15 before I knew it!
Haha that is what happened to me!
this is the perfect light recipe after a weekend of face-stuffing. :)
Oooh, chocolate chunks sound perfect for meringues! :) Yours set up so much better than mine, well done!
I am drooling over these! Every time I try to make meringues they never turn out :( Yours look so perfect an airy!! YUM!
They are definitely worth a try again, maybe on a really dry day:-)
Congrats on your new business! I found you at Chocolate and Carrots and would love to try any of those awesome cookies :)
Thank you so much for the nice note, Bree!
These are fantastic. I’m comfortable working with meringue, so I’ll definitely be giving these a try. I’m new to your blog and have spent some time browsing through your earlier posts. I’ve had a great time and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary
Oh yum! Glad to hear you had a great weekend. My was pretty much the same thing with no Seder dinners. Perfect bliss!
I love meringues, they are relatively new to my life, but so good!
Glad you had a nice and relaxing Saturday!
Happy Easter! I’m so pleased you got a chance to relax a little after all the hard work you’ve been doing – sounds like the business is going really well :-) I saw you’ve got a giveaway going on over at Desserts for Two…now you just have to start delivering to the UK because I really want to sample some of your treats!
Sounds like a wonderful and well-deserved weekend break :) Your meringues look fantastic. I can’t wait to hear about your vacation plans! Planning is half the fun!!
I love meringue cookies! Yum. That’s a great tip to wipe the bowl with white vinegar to remove any greasy smudges. I never know if I’ve gotten everything clean enough when I make meringues or angel food cake, and that’s a terrific way to be sure. I’ll do that next time, for sure. Thanks!
Ohh I love meringues! These look mighty tasty too :)
I’m happy you had a relaxing Saturday! As we were going home from our little weekend vacation on Sunday, I asked if were could please start planning our next vacation while we were sitting on the train. This request was not met with enthusiasm. :(
Have a nice time in Philadelphia! My father’s family is from there and the highlight of visiting is always the cheese steak sandwiches. I try to make them myself but they’re just not the same.
The meringues look yummy! I’ve somehow never had one.
Ah I haven’t had a cheesesteak in SO long… now I’m thinking about that!
I love meringues and I am head over heels with the idea of adding chocolate. Y-U-M!
Meringues are my mom’s favorite and we’ve made them together before, but never with the chocolate chunks! Excited to try these with her :) PS: Enjoy your vacation! I don’t know anything about Philly, but love weekend getaways. Yours sounds so well deserved!
I had similar meringues at Flour Bakery here in Boston and I absolutely loved them. Maybe one day I’ll attempt them myself using your recipe!
I’ve never made meringues, but I’ve always wanted to try… the idea of chocolate chunk meringues is blowing my mind… I love it!
I love meringues. They are a great lower fat treat and you can do so many different kinds! Love these chocolatey ones!
Never met a meringue I didn’t like and I make them often. Every time I have a few egg whites I make them. They’re great for breaking up and mixing with whipped cream. I’ve never made a meringue with chocolate before. I love the idea.
These meringues look perfect, Lauren! I love your spin on them with dark chocolate, too. A very heart healthy sweet treat!