Basic meringues

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
5 Egg whites
1 cup Extra fine sugar

Beat the egg whites in a large mixing bowl with electric mixer at high speed for 5 minutes or until stiff, but not dry. Sprinkle ¼ cup sugar over the whites and beat for 3 minutes longer. Sprinkle the remaining sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, over the white mixture and fold in gently but thoroughly using a rubber spatula. Drop by heaping table spoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto oiled brown paper over cookie sheets. Bake in preheated 250-degree oven for 55 minutes. Take from oven and immediately remove from paper onto cooling rack VARIATIONS: CHOCOLATE MERINGUES: Combine 1½ tablespoons cocoa with the sugar and beat into egg whites as directed Bake for 1 hour. CHOCOLATE CHIP MERINGUES: Fold in ½ cup chocolate chips into Basic Meringue just before dropping onto prepared cookie sheets.

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