Blueberry Merinque Cookies

by Heather on January 17, 2012

Have I mentioned that I miss coffee lately?

I don’t think I have because I have a confession:  I, in a moment of weakness, purchased decaf coffee and have been making half-caf iced coffee ever since.

 

Sigh.  It doesn’t even feel good to admit that, but it’s true.  I just needed some coffee in my life and I caved.  But that caving just tastes so, so good!

The thing is coffee without a treat to enjoy it with feels little empty, but a big slab of coffee cake just isn’t going to cut it for me right now.  I need something lighter, something that is good in small doses, and something that gives me that sweet bite without going into a sugar coma.

 

Enter meringue cookies.  I kind of love these guys and the best part?  I only need one little one to feel satisfied!

BLUEBERRY MERINGUE COOKIES

  • 2 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar (if you don’t have this just put 1/2 a cup of sugar in a food processor and process for 30 seconds)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries (I love the size and flavor of dried blueberries, but your favorite dried fruit would be fine in this!)

Preheat your oven to 200 and line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat.  In a stand mixer (and please note this can all be done with a hand mixer too, just get ready for an arm workout if that’s the case!) beat the egg whites until they start to form bubbles.  Add the cream of tartar and beat for another minute, then start streaming in the sugar slowly until it’s all added.  Increase the speed and beat until hard peaks form (that means that when you pull the beater out of the mixture the “peak” – or the part that stands up – stays standing up).  Add the vanilla and mix until incorporated.  Gently fold in the dried blueberries.  You can either pipe the cookies into 2-inch circles on the parchment/Silpat OR drop them by the spoonful – I piped mine to keep ‘em pretty.  Bake at 200 for 60-90 minutes, then turn off the heat and let them sit in the oven for another 30 minutes to dry out.  Let cool completely before serving!

Talk about a little melt-in-your-mouth treat with some coffee…and a much more sane pregnant lady to boot.  Lifesavers!

 

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1 Robin Sue January 17, 2012

I love how delicate meringue cookies are, and the addition of blueberries makes them even better. I’ll take mine with a cup of tea on this rainy morning!

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2 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat January 17, 2012

I love meringue cookies and I actually have all these ingredients at home – might be making these tonight! :)

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3 Heather January 17, 2012

i love how they look like little magic clouds of perfection!

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4 Blog is the New Black January 17, 2012

Love love love this idea! I can’t seem to master meringues yet..

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5 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free January 17, 2012

Love meringues. Have to try the blueberries!!!

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6 Urban Wife January 17, 2012

How clever! I never thought to put fruit in meringues.

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7 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 17, 2012

These are so dainty and cute :) I’ve never seen fruit folded into meringues, I like it!

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8 Laurie {Simply Scratch} January 17, 2012

These look so light and delicious! This is pretty genius!

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9 Delishhh January 17, 2012

Oh these are awesome – i was never a big coffee drinker before i always had lattes – so i just switched to steamed milk and sometimes i add decaffeinated black tea in it and my craving goes away.

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10 Jan January 17, 2012

We love our meringues with pistashios

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11 DessertForTwo January 17, 2012

I love meringue cookies! I bet these are fantastic with dried blueberries! Yum :)

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12 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic January 17, 2012

I am intimidated by meringue, but these look so perfect and melt-in-your-mouth!

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13 Anna @ On Anna's Plate January 17, 2012

I think meringues are SO pretty! Love these!

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14 Deanna B. January 17, 2012

I would have caved and bought coffee too. The meringues look so pretty!

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15 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 17, 2012

I can just imagine this little piece of heaven melting in my mouth! Yum!

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16 Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn January 17, 2012

Wow those look divine! I’ve never had a meringue cookie but I love meringue so I’m sure I’d like them :-) Plus blueberries are one of my favourite fruits. Your food always looks so delicious and your photos are lovely!

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17 janetha January 17, 2012

Oh these look so fancy! Good job, lady.

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18 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 18, 2012

What a clever idea to put blueberries in meringues!

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19 Javelin Warrior January 20, 2012

Love these! And I’ve been inspired to feature your meringues in my Friday Food Fetish roundup and on Pinterest. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next and please let me know if you have any objections…

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20 Aggie February 3, 2012

These are so so pretty!! I love meringues. I would love to try making them at home.

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