Thursday, December 17, 2009

Cookie Exchange

We had a cookie exchange at work this week and I contributed these cocoa meringue cookies with chocolate ganache filling. Meringues are great when you need to make a large quantity of sweets for an event because you can get a ton of cookies out of just a few ingredients. The ganache filling is optional and you can experiment with flavors like orange or peppermint in the meringue.

Cocoa Meringue Cookies with Chocolate Ganache Filling

Meringues - Makes about 8 dozen cookies (4 dozen sandwiches)
1 c Egg Whites
1 ½ c Sugar
¼ tsp Cream of Tartar
1 packet Hot Cocoa Mix

Combine egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in mixing bowl. Place over pot of simmering water and whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and beat on high speed until soft peaks form. Gently fold in hot cocoa mix.
Pipe meringues onto parchment lined cookie sheet using a large star tip. Bake at 200F for 3-4 hours. Turn oven off and leave meringues in overnight to dry.

Ganache – Makes enough for 4 dozen sandwiches
8 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
4 oz Heavy Cream

Place chips in a mixing bowl. Bring heavy cream to a boil and pour over chips. Let sit 5 minutes.
Whisk gently starting at the center and moving toward edges of the bowl until all the chips have melted and mixture is smooth. Let sit overnight at room temperature.
When ready to use, microwave ganache for 10 seconds and stir to soften. Place in a decorating bag and pipe ganache (no tip) onto bottom of meringue and gently press together with another meringue.


  1. Oh yum!!!! What a great idea! And I love the pictures as well. How are you liking your job? I really need to follow in your footsteps.

  2. Just dropping by to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas
    and a big thank you for your friendship throughout the past year.
    From a very snowy UK
    Di (Designers Block)

  3. ok so if I wanted to order some of these for our wedding how much would it cost? let me know for about 50 what the price would be :) merry christmas to you!!! xoxo

  4. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! XO

  5. May all your dreams come true and may you be blessed with all the best things in life!
    Happy New Year 2010! XO

  6. Happy New Decade. May all your hopes, wishes and dreams come true.
    Much Love
    Di (Designers Block)

  7. Thanks so much for the recipe! It looks so delicious. I very much admire your cookie designs, they fascinate me. Anyway, thank you again!


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