Mar 10, 2011

Black and White Chocolate Chip Clouds and Sweet News



Sweet treats and some sweet news!

Life is pretty hectic these days in my home, but I'm not complaining, I love every minute of it. Here's a little peek into a typical day in my world.

My sweet little one year old is at the stage where she wants wants "mama" all day long, especially whenever I'm in the kitchen about to cook, this is usually what I see when I look down...

"Up!"
My sweet little pup is usually hanging around waiting for some food to fall on the floor which seems to happen a lot lately...


When my teen isn't busy with homework and college hunting, you can usually find her baking something sweet in my kitchen for her friends or for Skinnytaste (but never without her iPod and cell phone!)

Karina whipping up a batch of Black and White Chocolate Chip Clouds

Lately finding time to cook, photograph and post recipes has been my biggest challenge. I have so many ideas and recipes in my head, just not enough hours in the day to make them. You are all such wonderful followers, you've been spreading the word about my site on Facebook, Twitter, meetings, community boards, voting for me in blog contests, and I really can't thank you enough so I'm sure you will like what I'm about to tell you...

Sweet News and a Sweet Recipe!


I've decided to leave my day job to spend more time with my family, children and yes, Skinnytaste. It's a sweet new chapter in my book of life and I'm very excited about what's to come. I've always loved my career in photo retouching, I've had the pleasure to work with some fierce talent and it's sad to see that behind me, but I feel good things ahead and hopefully I'll have more time to cook.


And now for these sweet treats...


Black and white chocolate chip meringue cookies are the perfect fix to cure your sweet tooth. They are light and airy and melt in your mouth and somehow get better with time. I like to make them the night before and store them in an air tight container, the next day they are nice and chewy and even chewier the day after. Low fat, gluten-free and delicious! Make sure your bowls and spatulas are squeaky clean, your egg whites are room temperature and you use a metal bowl to guarantee success.



Black and White Chocolate Chip Clouds
Adapted from my Chocolate Chip Clouds
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 30 • Serving Size: 1 cookie • Old Points: 1 pt Points+: 1 pt
Calories: 55.6 • Fat: 2.1 g • Carb: 8.2 gFiber: 0.8 g Sugar: 7.9 g Protein: 1.0 g 
 

  • 3 large egg whites (room temperature)
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Heat oven to 300°F. Cover cookie sheet with nonstick silicone pad or parchment paper.

Using a mixer, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar together in large bowl at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar a little at a time, then vanilla, beating well after each addition until you get stiff peaks, the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is glossy.



Fold in chocolate chips. Drop mixture by tablespoons onto cookie sheet.




Bake 35 to 45 minutes or just until dry. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely on wire rack. Store covered, at room temperature. Makes about 30 cookies.

202 comments :

  1. sweet success to you! It's great you are able to spend time with your family now.

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  2. Yum! These look tasty! Why did I give up Chocolate for lent!!! Why!?! And good luck with the new chapter in your life!

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  3. Congrats on your next big journey. I'm looking forward to your new recipes. Best of luck!!!!

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  4. I just found your site about 3 weeks ago when I started WW and I must say...I cook from this site almost EVERY night! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your recipes and if you published a book I would SOOOOO buy it! In fact I think you need your own food network show sponsored entirely by WW! :) I'm glad you are getting to spend more time with your family, especially with one already looking ahead to college. It goes so fast, you have to snag every second you can!

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  5. I love chocolate chip filled meringue cookies! I don't know how you keep up with so many wonderful recipes while managing your family and life! Congrats on the big move leaving your job.

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  6. You must be so proud of your beautiful girls! Congratulations on this new chapter of your life. After finding your site a couple of weeks ago, I have fallen in love with every recipe. So glad to hear that you have lots more planned. Best wishes through your transition!

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  7. I always enjoy your recipes, best of luck in your new adventures!

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  8. HI Gina! I'm so happy for you. I know you'll be happy with all the extra time with your family.

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  9. Congratulations to you and your family! You're living the dream.

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  10. Oh my goodness!! Your girls are so beautiful!! Congratulations and good luck in this new chapter in your life!! You're going to rock it! Thank you so much for all the time you put into all these awesome recipes!

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  11. You are all so sweet, thank you, and well said - I'm living the dream. Make these cookies!! You will love them!

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  12. What wonderful exciting news! Can't wait for more yummy goodness! The cookies look great.

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  13. These look wonderful! Printing off this recipe for sure. Congratulations on your new journey!

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  14. I'm super excited for you AND for the numerous recipes i can't wait to see in the future! LOVE your site.

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  15. great news congrats! how do you come up with all of these recipes on your own?

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  16. Congrats Gina! Great Site!

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  17. I must take the time to tell you how much I love your website! I discovered it a couple of weeks ago and I've been back many times. I had the same problem when I did WW back in 2007 as you ... no good sites. I don't do WW anymore but I still endeavor to eat healthfully and your recipes are WONDERFUL! Thanks for sharing.

    Congratulations on your big news ... and it must be said: your girls are beautfiul! Best to you.

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  18. YES! Love this site and love the recipes. Everything I've tried is fantastic! Great WW points options!

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  19. So thrilled for you to be able to free up a little bit of time. What a blessing! Time....there never seems to be enough of it, does there! Congrats to you.

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  20. Now you have more time to work on getting your cookbook published. I would love to not have my computer in the kitchen with me every day. I hate printing recipes and wasting paper! Let those silly publishers know that you are famous- to us!!

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  21. First off BIG Hugs to you for your new adventures at home. I am a once a time ago out in the world working mama;) as Lord would have it I turned into a stay at home mom 5 1/2 years ago. It has been the most amazing gift & I cherish every moment I am allowed to spend with my babies. I feel so blessed :) SO big hugs to you. NOW lets talk about these yumo clouds.. I just have choc.chips and well Lets see how they turn out Ha... I can't wait. OH I took a piece of the strawberry cheesecake I made from your recipe to my mom who is the PICKIEST woman ever & she told me that I have to make her a whole pie just for her. :)

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  22. So happy for you!! And I'm all about you having more time for skinny taste!! I know I am one of many, but I now cook almost exclusively from your site. Thanks for being such a blessing - God Bless in this new phase of life for you!
    ~ Heather

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  23. Oh the cookies look wonderful!! And your little one is soooo cute & so is the dog!! What kind is he anyway (looks a lot like my Maltepoo)! And you have a teenager? NO WAY!! But she likes to cook which is WONDERFUL!! Keep up the good work, your recipes are the BEST and how exciting about your decision to go a different way with your future. Lucky for us!!

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  24. How exciting! Congratulations on this new chapter in your life! And, the cookies? Yum! Can't wait to try them.

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  25. That is wonderful! Good for you! I wish you all the best!

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  26. Yummy looking cookies, my husband might like these. My life is a bit similar to yours. I have a 2 yo pulling on me in the kitchen too and a small shihapoo waiting for floor scraps. I sure am saving a lot of money on dog food these days! I love your recipes, thank you so much for sharing them Gina!
    Wade

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  27. Congratulations on this next chapter in your life! Love your recipes~keep them coming...

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  28. Congratulations, Gina! It sure is bittersweet, but well worth it. I'm so excited for you! :)

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  29. Congrats! These look very good, do you think you could use butterscotch chips in them instead of chocolate chips?

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  30. Best of luck, I love your blog and yummy delicious recipes!!!

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  31. Congrats :) MMMM these look so good. My grandma makes them without chocolate chips, this is a brilliant idea!

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  32. You had me nervous there for a minute-I thought you were going to be leaving us! I just found you when I started WW 4 weeks ago, and I have to say, your recipes are AMAZING!! I select something from your collection each and every night. You are a very talented woman, and I am happy that you are going to be gracing us with even more healthy treats in the future. Good luck with this new transition, enjoy every minute of it! And thank you again for all the time and effort you put into getting and keeping all of us healthy, happy, and well fed!

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  33. Congratulations! And those look delicious.

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  34. How exciting! I havent' commented in a while, but I'm still following you.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting these. I need something sweet and I'm tired of the same old light stuff.

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  35. Congratulations and good luck on this wonderful new chapter in your life! I hope this change brings you and your beautiful family much happiness.

    I admit I've never been a fan of meringue cookies, but your daughter's recipe looks surprisingly good to me. It's actually the texture I don't care for, so based on your description, I think I'm going to give them a try and just let them sit for a couple of days before I eat them.

    Thanks for everything, Gina. Your work here is very much appreciated! :)

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  36. Thank You, Thank You for all your time, effort, and dedication to this site! Since joining WW 8 weeks ago, I have literally LIVED on your recipes! Everything I have made has been fast, easy, and absolutely delicious! Good luck with everything, I look forward to seeing what you'll post next! Thanks again!

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  37. I make a version of the clouds and call them Elf Hats. I will be making green ones..for St Patrick's day. One of my grandsons is gluten intolerant and he just loves these

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  38. Congratulations Gina! I feel sure this will be a good move for you!

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  39. Yeaahhhhh!!! I am so excited for you and your new endeavor in life, I pray for many blessings for you and your family! You have been an amazing help to me and my family, but especially to me, in my journey to lose weight for the past 10 years. Your an AMAZING cook and your recipes are to die for. In all my years of weight battling, your recipes are the first that my husband has not complained about. THANK YOU so much for all of your hard work and dedication! God has truly blessed you and your family!

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  40. Congratulations My Sis In Law! Kudos to you and your new chapter. I know my Brother is Proud! We are too... Now lets eat something Yummy! lol. Kisses to my little niece and my beautiful Teen niece too!

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  41. Yay for you!!!! You have the talent to go big on your own, this blog of yours is amazing! I've been a follower, not much of a commenter, and you consistently blow me away with your recipes and photos. I'm a WW girl and having food that my whole family can and will eat is a must and I ALWAYS get that here!

    Best of luck to you and I can't wait to buy a cookbook - hint, hint! ;)

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  42. Congratulations Gina!!!!! I am very proud of my talented and beautiful friend!!!!! I am so very happy you have decided to focus on your passions- FAMILY FIRST, food and fotography (had to stick with the theme). I know this is the right path for you and I wish you the very best. I cannot WAIT to see what Skinnytaste is about to explode into! My continued support to you always!!!! Best of luck to you!!! Please invite me on your show! PS.. the girls are so beautiful, and Chase is a handsome man!

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  43. Congratulations on your big decision! Life is so interesting the way it twists and turns, isn't it? I'm so thankful to have your blog, every dinner I've eaten this week (well, except when I had to take the kids to Friendly's) has been from your kitchen. Your family and their bellies will be lucky to have you with them even more! All the best and a hearty THANKS!

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  44. Congrats, Gina!!! You have a beautiful family and I wish you much success in your new venture!!! You're the best!

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  45. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and JEALOUS! :)

    Because I am a newbie cook, can I use powdered eggs whites? If so, how? (I've never used them before but have a tub of them)

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  46. Congrats! I am really enjoying your cooking! I am selfishly glad you are going to have more time to share your craft. ;)

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  47. Congrats Gina. VERY PROUD OF YOU in more ways than one. Baby girl looks sooo cute!

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  48. oh gina! such great news! this has to be my favorite post so far. love the pics and they made me smile... and these sweet treats.... oh my my my.... right up my alley! next time you are here we are making them!

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  49. Congratulations on starting this new (and exciting) chapter in your life. I wish you only the best! These cookies look delicious. I make a similar meringue cookie, that is amazing...if you like mint and chocolate. :) Recipe varies a bit from yours and I use mint extract and mini chocolate chips - but they are amazing! Each cookie is 22 calories, 1 g. fat, 4g carbs. If you'd like, I'd be glad to share the recipe.

    I love your site! Being able to prepare healthy, nutritious, low point/calorie meals for my family and having absolutely NO ONE complain is priceless. Especially since I'm feeding my hubby, a 4 year old, and 2 year old.

    I'm definitely going to have to try your variation of chocolate chip meringes. They sound delish!

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  50. Wow Gina this is really great news! I want to thank you for your dedication to all your followers and your terrific blog. Also for helping me to maintain my weight and most of all to really enjoy cooking and learning so much from your great recipes! I will buy your book when it comes out( i know you're gonna get a deal, you're too good not to!) and I hope you have your own show too! I can't wait to make these cookies for my family and friends! Thank you Gina you're the best! Love that you represent NY too ;)

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  51. These look so good!!! I will be making some tomorrow thanks :)

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  52. Thanks Gina for all your time and recipes.Love them all.
    To Joy, Please share the mint and chocolate meringues with all of us. Thanks

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  53. I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your dedication to this site and always coming up with great new recipes or adapting others to make them WW-friendly. I started WW 11 months ago, wearing a size 16 and being incredibly unhappy with myself. To date, I have lost 48 lbs, I'm wearing a size 10, and my confidence is through the roof! There is no question that my beloved skinnytaste is a HUGE reason that I've had such success! I make something from here no less than 4 times a week and have been doing so since I discovered it maybe 6 or 7 months ago. I've often thought to myself, "How on earth does she have time to do this!??" You are Wonder Woman, that's for sure! Anyway, thanks for all you do. Your hard work and commitment to this website have personally affected my life by making it easy for me to plan and cook healthy meals and stick to the plan. You are so appreciated!!!

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  54. I am so very happy you have decided to focus on your passions- FAMILY FIRST, food and fotography (had to stick with the theme). I know this is the right path for you and I wish you the very best. I cannot WAIT to see what Skinnytaste is about to explode into! My continued support to you always!!!! Best of luck to you! make something from here no less than 4 times a week and have been doing so since I discovered it maybe 6 or 7 months ago. I've often thought to myself, "How on earth does she have time to do this!??" You are Wonder Woman, that's for sure! Anyway, thanks for all you do.

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  55. Yum! I'm going to make these in the morning. I have 2 egg whites sitting ready from a recipe I made today so this is just perfect.

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  56. Congratulations on the changes in your life. You have such a talent for photography, food and writing I just know you are headed for wonderful things. I have been a constant visitor to your site since I found it and love all your work....plus I have NEVER found a bad recipe...they are all delectible. Good Luck to you.

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  57. Gina I always enjoy your recipes and comments from viewers. I am always trying to lose weight and it seems at 72 it gets harder every year. I enjoy when I get your e-mail's with new recipes. Congratulations on your new adventure and staying home with your little darlings. I must say as a Mother of 3(they have been long gone) the years go so fast, even with our Grandaughter (who has just travelled the World after University). Enjoy your little darlings before they are off to University. Good Luck

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  58. I'm so happy for you! I recently found your site and have to say that EVERYTHING I have tried so far has been amazing... well, aside from the carrot cake but that was me not you! I'm sure had I followed the directions and fully baked my cake it would have been awesome!!! I have shared your site on my blog, with family, and with pretty much anyone who has mentioned they are trying to eat healthier! THANK YOU!!!

    Enjoy your time at home with your family!

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  59. My family makes these every year at this time of year only we call them meringue cookies. ;-) They are delish!! We make them for Passover since there are so few yummy dessert items made without flour. Glad others are going to get to enjoy what we have been enjoying for years.

    And Congrats!!

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  60. Hi, Gina. I've been on Weight Watchers just over a month and recently discovered your site and LOVE it! Your skinny taste update is the first thing I look for every morning in my email. The recipes are so yummy and the photos of your recipes are just incredible! Thanks for helping all of us eat healthier and enjoy it at the same time! I wish you the very best in this new and exciting chapter of your life!

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  61. Hi Gina!!! I also just discovered your site not that long ago, and also LOVE LOVE LOVE all of your recipes! :) Every single one that I have tried has been delicious! I can't wait to try these, but unfortunately it will have to be after Easter. :(

    I am very happy for you and your new sweet success story! :) Congrats!

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  62. Wonderful news! It is a blessing to be able to make that choice. I look forward to more yummy recipes and gorgeous pictures.
    Smilee39@aol.com

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  63. I must second many on their comments. I too discovered your site not too long ago and I check it every day. I usually tag things on my wish-list of baking/cooking or end up going to the grocery store to take on the challenge of making something you've made. I absolutely love your work and I hope you have great success. Sometimes leaving job just opens the doors for others to follow. Congratulations!

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  64. Congratulations on your new journey and plenty blessings! You have touched so many of us with your wonderful recipes and we cannot thank you enough for your postings. My family and I enjoy your recipes so much that it has turned into a Sunday ritual. We browse the site and cook a recipe we want to try. We make enough to last for the week or at least until Wednesday since they're so yummy! Thank you again. I look forward to seeing what else you have in store for us. Recipes and pictures!
    ~Carly

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  65. Mama Lascari3/11/11, 9:16 AM

    Congrats on your sweet news! I adore this site, your recipes and beautiful photographs. All the best to you.

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  66. that is wonderful, Gina! enjoy this special time with your family and your recipes. i come to your site daily for inspiration in my own kitchen. peace.

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  67. Hooray for you!!

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  68. Gina, I just joined WW and love it. I visit your blog almost daily and I even told my meeting how great ALL your recipes are, and easy too. My four year old and I made these cookies yesterday, and we adored them! QUESTION: If I want to use stevia instead of sugar, will the recipe still work or do you need the sugar to create the fluffiness? Thanks Gina for helping me have a yummy WW start!

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  69. What you described is exactly what I experience with a 2 year old. I wish I had more time to make recipes and take food photos but with working full time it's tough. Congratulations on being able to stay home! Your little one is so cute. I can't wait to be able to do that some day. :)

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  70. Hi Ginna!
    I wish you all the best and my hats off to you for having had the incredible energy to have been juggling so many things (motherhood, chef, photographer, career, blogger, etc,etc!!). I recently shared some of your recipes at my local WW meeting. Besides your great recipes I just love the pictures you post!..I'm trying myself to learn more about photography...it's so cool to be able to capture precious moments on camera...I'm sure your move will be a complete success and I look forward to your future postings....Go girl!!!

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  71. Gina so very happy for you, and yes so very happy for me and the rest of your followers. Selfish as it is, I love love love the idea that you will have more time to create and post new recipe's. By far the BEST site for recipes and not just for healthy eating, but for rich flavor that is never compromised. You are my Recipe Rock Star!! All the success!!

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  72. Hello Gina, I'm sure that decision did not come lightly but change is good every now and again. I know your family and your followers will certainly appreciate it! :o)

    I wanted to ask you about using parchment paper. I had my first experience with it recently when making some (tsk tsk) slice and bake store cookies. The bottoms were burnt solid black! I was trying to protect my new pro-grade cookies sheets but ended up having to toss the whole batch. Did I do something wrong? Can you only use parchment paper if it specifically suggests it? Maybe it was bad cookie kharma for buying pre-made cookie dough.

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  73. Congrats on making that big leap! I'm sure that was scary but it will be so gratifying for you, I'm sure. The cookies look great!!!

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  74. Huge Congrats for making this change. I want to say THANK YOU!!! From the bottom of my heart, when I was having trouble losing my baby fat when my daughter was born I turned to WW and found your site which I fell in love with instantly. This sparked my desire for cooking that had been lost while I was pregnant. I lost some weight, but more importantly, your site and recipes help my family grow closer and gave me the tools and support I needed to become a better person. I didnt lose all the weight I wanted to, but I realized I dont need to. I love my "new" curves and I am healthy. Thank you!!!

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  75. I love your site! You are gifted in many ways----look at your photos of food---you could make a brown paper bag look good--but all points aside, you have found your niche. Your NEW focus will be blessed beyond measure. Kudos,to you!!!!!

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  76. gina florencia3/11/11, 11:31 AM

    Wow! A teeen & a Toddler? that's a full time JOB! you'll love the change, I have 2 teens and a toddler, not a lot time for me but still fun..enjoy...gina Florencia

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  77. That is so great! I think often about how lovely it would be to take some time to do what I really enjoy, although I do love my job.

    I really enjoy your blog, and have made several recipes that are always big hits! Keep up the great work!

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  78. I am glad to hear you will still be providing great recipes! I cook from your site often and find your pictures of the food amazing and dare I say, almost sensual :) they really make me want to try and serve the same thing!

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  79. TED SAID CONGRATULATIONS GINA WHAT A BEAUTFUL FAMILY INCLUDING THE DOG. BEST OF LUCK

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  80. Congratulations and the best of luck to you. I can't wait for all your new recipes that you will come up with. YUMMMMMMMM!!!!!

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  81. Wishing you all the best as you make this transition...and super excited about where you'll take your site next! Thanks for being such an important part of our family life. We make recipes from your site every single week!

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  82. Gina, I have made ALOT of your recipes. Actually, at work a few of us cook from your site and discuss the results everyday. EVERYTHING is delicious. You should put together a cookbook with your extra time. I know we would all purchase it. Enjoy your extra time and family time. Thank you for posting these delicious and healthy recipes.
    Becky

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  83. Congratulations on your new stay at home adventure...I'm sure family and all your fans will keep you busy. I'm pleased you'll be cooking more too. Thanks!

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  84. I loved reading all your comments, some made me laugh, smile, and others confirmed I've made the right move. I wish I could respond to each comment directly, but know that I am reading them over and over again!

    A cookbook is something I would love to accomplish in the future, fingers crossed.

    And who am I kidding, I probably won't have any more time than I already have now, I always felt like going to work was my stress reliever and quiet time. Having a little one running around is a whole lot of work!! But worth it. I'm sure I'll find a way to squeeze in the cooking.

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  85. Good Luck Gina!! Very excited for you, and happy and excited for Skinnytaste!!

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  86. Congrats on a wonderful decision made! I left my day job 4 months ago and haven't looked back. It's great being home for my 2 and 4 year old!
    Question about the recipe: does it work with Splenda?

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  87. Congrats Gina!!! Very excited for you (and for me because I LOVE your site)! :)

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  88. Oh Gina!!! Congratulations, this is GREAT news! So exicting!!!! For you, your family and for us readers!!!! Could a cookbook be next???? Kidding! (sort of! :) )

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  89. Congrats and good luck to you! I for one am glad that we can look forward to getting even more great ideas from you. I think I need to open a whole board on Pinterest just for Gina's recipes!!

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  90. Nice Blog and great stuff here, Family over all

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  91. Gina-what excellent news! Congrats.

    Thanks for all your good work, looking forward to more!

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  92. That is awesome news Gina! Good luck and most of all have a GREAT time! :)

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  93. I've never tried these with Splenda, I'm not sure? If u try
    them please comment back!

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  94. Good luck with your new life. Enjoy every minute of it!!!! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes.

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  95. As already mentioned, you really need to work on getting a cookbook published! I have been LIVING on your site. I'm obsessed! No recipe of yours has disappointed me yet. Thank you and best of luck on a smooth transition to your new chapter in life.

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  96. I so thoroughly enjoy your recipes and wish you the best in doing this full time! You are very talented!

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  97. Dear Gina, your little girl is just adorable! and the puppie is so cute. I can only imagine having them both around when you´re cooking.I am a mess in the kitchen just hanging around by myself!!
    I love your recipes. Delicious!!
    Saludos desde Quito, Ecuador

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  98. Gina,
    You are such an inspiration to me! Congratulations! I wish you sweet luck:)

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  100. I made these today...and they are DELICIOUS! I went to a reunion cast party, tonight and took them (along with another batch of cookies, and a batch of sausage balls)...the co-host is a gluten-free eater, and so...I made everything gluten free. EVERYBODY loved these cookies...it was inSANE! I didn't tell them that they were not only gluten free, but also LOW IN POINTS+! :o)

    I used mini chocolate chips, and no white chips...OMG...sooooooooo good!

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  101. I have never commented on any recipe but have been a follower for quite awhile. I have made these and they are absolutely scrumptious! But I do have to add one more comment. Gina, I have tried many of your recipes and I finally had to tell you that every one, without exception, has been a winner. Wouldn't change a thing! I've been spreading the word about your blog. Thanks Gina!

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  102. I'm THRILLED for you!!! And your family will also benefit in a huge way, from your being with them far more often. And as an avid reader and fan of yours, I give it my wholehearted applause!

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  103. Congrats! I'm very happy to hear about your new plan. You must be so excited! Now, I'm off to cook your Sicilian Rice Ball casserole for my own family :)

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  104. Aren't these delicious!! Thank you Chrissie, I do have failures, I just never post those!! :) If it's just ok, I won't post it either. I'm happy you have had good experience with everything you've tried so far!

    Karen, enjoy!!

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  105. Made these last night, so easy because there's not a lot of ingredients and very little measuring. They are fantastic! My twelve year old son loves them. Thanks Gina for another terrific recipe and congratulations on your new endeavors!

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  106. This is fantastic news!!! I hope to be able to do the same thing in a few years, after my husband graduates law school and get's his footing. Anywho, wanted you to know that I love your site so much (I always lose for the week when I cook your meals) I hosted a recipe party of 8 of your recipes. Thanks again!

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  107. YAY Gina! Us loyal followers are so happy for you! (and us with our new recipes heehee). These look great!

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  108. Gina... Your writing style is awesome, and the pictures were beautiful!! I have loved every recipe I've tried from skinnytaste (there's been many!!!) I find myself talking about your site when I'm hanging with the girls, always raving! Congrats on your new journey!! ~Nicole

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  109. Congratulations Gina! I love your blog! Your recipes are delicious and your photographs are amazing! (Selfish thought: I am so happy that you will be devoting more time to it. I was afraid that you would announce that you were putting it on the back burner...)
    Keep up the excellent work!

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  110. Wonderful news!!!!!!!!! congratulations!!!! you have incredible talent, i definitely spread the word all around work as everyone always says "oooo that looks good!!!!" :)

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  111. Congratulations, Gina! How exciting!! :D

    I had gotten a deal on dark chocolate & mint chocolate chips so I decided to use those in this recipe. To.Die.For. Thanks for another great treat! :0)

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  112. Congratulations and best wishes on the new chapter in your life. I'm sure you will enjoy it and I'll enjoy the new recipes!

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  113. Congratulations! I didn't know you were a professional photo re-toucher, but I can TOTALLY see it. I work in marketing/design, and it's the photos that really set your blog apart from the others.

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  114. Sometimes I wish that I was able to stay home and cook for my family every day... Congratulations and good luck!! I definitely look forward to more delicious recipes =)

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  115. Congratulations on your new journey!

    I found your blog during the summer and have been back every day for a visit. I've used so many of your recipes - and many of them are my "go to's" and I'm always sharing on facebook too.

    Can't wait for more exciting and delicious stuff!

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  116. What exciting news and good luck on the new adventure and it's definitely good that you will have more time to spend with your family!

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  117. I spread the word constantly Gina, and I don't know what I would do without your food! You are simply the best. You have replaced cook's illustrated, cooking light, and every other recipe source I used to use. I cook from your site every day.

    Shannon

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  118. I just made those....They are sooooo yummy! And not at all time consuming, which is awesome!

    Thanks for another great recipe :)

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  119. Let me just say that these cookies are AMAZING!!! I made them for a dinner party we had this weekend and everyone loved them. So much that I had to send the recipe (and site recommendation) home with them. Now all I need is another reason to make them.

    Enjoy the time with your family it sounds like your life is changing is a positive way.

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  120. Congrats to you and your new endeavorer. You are helping people all over! That has to be an amazing feeling...please keep doing what you do best! We love your recipes!!!

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  121. I may have to go home and make these tonight. They look amazing. Love this site!

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  122. I have made these cookies 4 times since I saw this recipe on Thursday, and each time they have disappeared within the day. Finally, I made them late enough last night that there were some left this morning. Good thing they are only one point!! My entire family loves them! :)

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  123. Your life sounds about as crazy as mine! I work as a Financial Secretary a couple days a week, have a 7 and almost 11 year old, a dog, I volunteer at our church's Women's Care Center doing a cooking class every Thursday, daughter has gymnastics classes,and I try to keep up with my cooking blog too!
    I know how crazy it can get, and what a tough, yet exciting, decision it must have been to leave your job. I can't wait to see more of your recipes...they have helped me lose 36 pound with WW and keep it off for almost 6 months! Thanks again!

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  124. I'm happy you all like the cookies! I really must find those mint chocolate chips!

    Thank you for all your well wishes, I am really enjoying reading all your comments. I'm so excited about having more time!

    cakescraps, yes it sounds as crazy as mine! I'm sure things will still be crazy, but crazy good!

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  125. Baking these right now, and they smell so good! Doubled the batch, because I always have a bunch of teenagers here. A nice healthy sweet treat!

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  126. Hi Gina, I am so happy for you that you get to spend more time with your kids. I am looking forward to more recipes and I especially enjoy your main course recipes that really help me with meal planning.

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  127. congrats on the big new adventure !
    Thanks for all the recipies, they're all so good ! and most them I tired are now a favorite in our house !
    Just tired these cookies, and amazing !
    I didn't have cream of tartar in the house, so I used vinegar (3 x 1/8tsp) instead.
    Love the result, will definitly make these again !

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  128. I started "dieting" in January and yours was one of the first blogs I found. It's been so helpful in the start of this journey. Thank you for sharing your recipes.

    How exciting for this new chapter of your life!

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  129. Congrats! What great news. You're living a dream, and that's inspiring to many. :)

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  130. Hi Gina! Ok, so I am loving these, I made a batch last night and I have a question for you...although I believed them to be dry after about 40 minutes of cooking, they're quite chewy today (props to me for even having any left today, I had to seriously self monitor last night, they're sooooo good!) and I'm wondering if I should cook them longer, or is the chewiness to be expected? I didn't store them in the fridge, just airtight on the counter.

    Thanks for all the great recipes, and congratulations on this new chapter!

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  131. That is wonderful news. Congratulations!!

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  132. Congratulations!!! I'm selfishly very happy because my husband and I LOVE everything we've made from your site and I can hardly wait for even more! Keep up the great work, you've got a lot of fans out there :)

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  133. Hi Gina,
    Love your site! Thank you so much. I'm back at WW again and this is so helpful for finding new reciepies that has all the figuring already done. I shared the site at my meeting a couple weeks ago. Last week fellow WW members raved about the site. Thank you for all your hard work, it is very much appreciated!

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  134. Nicole, that explains why my ears are always ringing! :)

    Duo Dishes, I hope to inspire more!

    Amelia, I prefer them chewy!! I actually like them better the next day but if you like a crispier cookie, you could bake them a little longer.

    Everyone else - You're welcome! I hope I continue to please in the days ahead.

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  135. Congrats! looking forward to more greatness!

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  136. So happy for you, Gina!

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  137. I'm sooo happy for you!! That is so lovely! I wish you the best of luck!! I can't wait until you come out with a Skinny Cookbook!! ;) God Bless!

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  138. Ok, I just made these tonight (along with the shrimp salad on cucumbers and the seared tuna on arugula). They were all absolutely delicious. These are seriously good and you can have four of them for the same points as one WW ice cream sandwich. Will totally be keeping these on hand as a tiny reward at the end of the day (when I've been good). Love your site! M.

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  139. These were so great! We just took them out of the oven (the first tray I goofed and put them on the bottom rack...so those burnt a little but the second tray were perfect!!)

    Thanks so much!! Good luck with your new direction!!

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  140. Bless you and your beautiful family! You are doing so much to help those of us who would have such boring, hum drum, no taste recipes otherwise!

    For all you do and for all you plan to do, I wish you much success!! Thank you, thank you.

    Now... grab your camera and go have fun in the kitchen:)
    ~Julie~

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  141. Melissa, yes hopefully soon!

    Interior, so happy you liked everything!

    Jayme, yes the top rack is better!

    Julie, thanks so much!! This will be my first week, looking forward to it!

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  142. I made these and the recipe was so simple and easy to follow! Congrats on this new chapter of your life.

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  143. These rocked! But I think I have found an even "skinnier" version... I used Stevia instead of sugar, also added zest of one orange when added only milk chocolate chips(all I had)....results were amazing....and with ZERO calorie sweetener, you van eat more!!!!!!!!

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  144. OMG you have just brought back childhood smells. My Mom made these all the time w/o the choc. chips, melted in my mouth. Thank you!!! Little pup is so adorable.

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  145. I don't know it's just me, but I tried making this recipe three times and had no luck :( I let the eggs sit out and beat the heck out of them, but my mixture was runny each time. Any ideas? Or I am just a hopeless chef wannabe?

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  146. zeeeeleven, I wish I liked Stevia, I just can't get over the aftertaste. I'm glad they worked though!!

    Anonymous, rainy days can effect them, also if the bowl and mixer aren't squeeky clean they won't work. But my teen makes them ALL the time and she never has any issues. Maybe you just need to mix a little longer.

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  147. Gina,
    I eat so much better since I have discovered your wonderful website. You are a creative and wonderful chef. Keep the recipes coming. We are all happily reproducing them for our families and enjoying losing weight while still eating yummy food! Good luck in your new endeavor!
    Thank You!
    Nancy

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  148. Congratulations!! You go girl! Precious angel, your daughter is beautiful!

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  149. Gina for us first timers and newbee's, we need exact info, like me for example I had no idea until my mom told me (after I tried 2 times and failed) that you need to beat eggs and cream of tartar in a glass bowl or metal not plastic it will not work, and of course mom know's best, when I used the glass bowl cookies came out perfect, so for anyone like me, must be beaten in a glass bowl or metal. good idea to note that in your recipe as I did not no that and wasted ingredients two times, but great recipe when does work out. thanks gina

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  150. I actually do mention it... "Make sure your bowls and spatulas are squeaky clean, your egg whites are room temperature and you use a metal bowl to guarantee success." I guess you overlooked it :)

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  151. I am sorry your right, I just looked over the recipe and yes you did mention it, my fault. I have a question though, how do you no when the cookies are done? Should they be a pale white still or allover light brown? I am afraid to pull them out to early/to late? at 30 minutes they are slightly brown? help

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  152. It shouldn't collapse when you touch it. But they do harden as they sit and cool so you don't want to over cook them.

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  153. Thanks for this recipe! Meringue cookies are one of my all-time favorites and I never thought I'd be able to make them. Just tried this recipe and they're perfect! Thank you!

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  154. These are WONDERFUL!!! I am not much of a cook, but I even managed to make them work!

    LOVE IT!

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  155. aw, my name is Karina too. Great taste in picking out your daughter's name! Haha!

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  156. Aww, Karina is a special name :)

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  157. These cookies are delicious. Made them tonight for an at work Weight Watchers meeting. One problem...they went gooey on me. I let them cool completely. The texture was great...I taste tested them to make sure :) Store them in an airtight container but when I just checked them they were getting kind of gooey. Could it be the extreme humidity? I put them in the refrigerator to try and save them. Not sure if that is a mistake or not :) Any ideas?

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  158. I have tried this recipe 3 different times and I cannot get the hard peaks to form:-( any recommendations!!!!

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  159. If you live somewhere that is very humid, or a rainy humid day can be an issue. Everything must be squeeky clean, bowls, spatula, etc or they won't work. Eggs need to be room temperature.

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  160. Hi Gina,
    Aww… that is great that you get to stay home with your family…esp. that precious little baby!
    My baby is getting married next week! We have been crazy busy with wedding planning.
    Enjoy every moment with your family~
    Gina

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  161. HookedonSkinnyTaste!4/2/11, 9:57 PM

    OMG. I just made these tonight (along with your strawberry swirl cheesecake, greek turkey meatballs, tzatziki, and filetto de pomodoro sauce!). They might be my new favorite sweet treat. I cannot stop eating them!!!! Thanks so much for all your recipes...thank to you, I've lost 20 lbs since New Year's. I cook exclusively from your site for our dinners and even my picky little ones are loving your recipes. THANK YOU!!!

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  162. Gina, they grow too fast!!

    HookedonSkinnytaste, love the name :) So happy you are enjoying them!

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  163. I just made these and they were GREAT! I ate 6 lol, but I had 12 points left for the day, so it's all good. They were bigger than I thought they'd be - like regular size cookies. I will definitely make these again...and maybe try the chocolate ones too. Thanks Gina!

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  164. These are so so good. I made these Friday and they were already gone by Sunday night! Thanks for such an awesome recipe! I love your website!

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  165. Just made these, and they're amazing! I am absolutely in love with your website. Every single thing we've tried as been a huge hit with everyone in the family. Keep the recipes coming!

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  166. I made these last night and took them in to work today for a meeting...they were a huge hit! My fiance was jealous that he missed out, so I made another batch tonight. So yummy and easy...thank you! :)

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  167. OMG!! I just made these and they are better than any high fat dessert I've eaten lately! YUM....my husband ate six of them already! Thank you for the recipe!

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  168. my husband is addicted. I've made them 4 times since finding your website. They're my dish that I bring to other people's get togethers now.

    By any chance, do you know if these are gluten free?

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  169. Just stumbled upon this site. Yes! So excited! Hey, wondering what kind of camera you used to take that great pic of your teenage daughter?? My old Cannon Powershot did the b&w with color accent, but the quality of yours looks even better. Maybe it was just a better Cannon?? Answers, please!! (:

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  170. Thanks Darla, it's a Canon Rebel. The black and white I did in Photoshop.

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  171. Hi Gina!

    Love your website! Congrats on the new chapter in your life! I see a Skinnytaste Cookbook in your future!!!

    If you used Splenda with these, do you know what the points plus would be?

    Thanks so much!

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  172. So sweet Kristi! Sorry, I don't have that info, you'll have to use recipe builder to see.

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  173. Made these yesterday - ate a few fresh out if the oven and another today. Both ways were delish! Thank you!

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  174. WICKED YUMMY. I feel "less guilty" about eating two (or three...or four...or...)

    Thanks!

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  175. Hi Gina--

    I've only recently started reading this blog and am so excited to find so many delicious, healthy recipes! Meringue cookies are one of my favorites, especially just the plain jane vanilla ones. I'm anxious to try the vanilla version but want to be sure I'm recording my calories, etc., correctly. Do you know of a decent recipe building site for those of us who are not WW members?

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  176. Try Sparks recipes, it's free.

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  177. I made these a few days ago, they are DELICIOUS! I am so glad that I found your website. It's so hard to find recipes for Weight Watchers. Thank you!

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  178. Congrats! on the next journey in your life and may the New Year be as successful for you & your family as this year has been. I'm a true follower of yours and can't wait to see what the new year brings!Josie

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  179. The raw meringue tastes like marshmallows! Couldn't wait for them to bake:) Question: Any suggestions for what to do with egg yolks? Between egg white breakfasts and other baked goods I throw away alot of them.

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    1. It's not the best idea, but with the three I had from today's batch of these cookies, I made some quick scrambled eggs (well, yolks, I guess), with a bit of milk and cheese. Not the healthiest or most original, but hey, didn't have to throw out the yolks today. :)

      But I'm also curious about some other uses/ideas for extra yolks. Could they be frozen? If so, would they thaw right?

      Enjoy!
      TBQ
      TBQ's Book Palace

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  180. Hello- Just curious if these would freeze well or if I should refrigerate them. Thanks- They are delish!
    SG

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  181. Made these with with mini chocolate chips and used just a half cup. They turned out perfect, tons of chocolate flavor. Can't wait to try them with other chips like peanut butter or butterscotch! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  182. Oh yum! :)

    Saw this recipe upon finding your site last week, and today I decided to make these.

    I did a few variations--for example, I had some extra vanilla sugar (best. thing. ever!), and used it in place of plain sugar. Also, instead of dark chips, I used some festive swirled white + semi-sweet, along with the called for white choc. chips (because I'm crazy for white chocolate). :) They turned out lovely, though they only made 24 (I used my smallest ice cream scooper to dish them out).

    I *had* to taste one after I pulled them from the oven (What? To make sure no one else gets sick, of course! *cough*) and they were very light and delicious, I can imagine they will indeed only get better after a day or so. I will definitely be making these again, they are quick and easy to make changes to (for different flavors and occasions) and best of all, great tasting! The fact that they are *semi* sort of healthy dessert for you? Only adds to the enjoyment!

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

    Enjoy,
    TBQ
    TBQ's Book Palace

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  183. I justed wanted to say that I love all your recipes and as a WW member for 18 months (down almost 70 lbs) you have made it so much easier to eat healthy delicious food.

    I tried these cookies with Splenda instead of sugar as an experiment and while they were edible, they weren't nearly as nice as when I made them with sugar and the points savings probably aren't worth it.

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  184. These are absolutely DELICIOUS!!! They are so easy to make and even easier to pop in your mouth. It's hard to just stop at one or two! Thanks for a fantastic recipe.

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  185. I Tried to make this today and FAILED miserably. :( I was really wanting to taste them too. I dont know what went wrong. I'm thinking it might have been the eggs. I will have to try again tonight. I guess i can leave out some eggs in the meantime. I left the eggs out for an hour to get to room temp but they still were a little chilly. Any idea about how to get the eggs right so everything is not watery.

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  186. I can't stop making these, my boyfriend LOVES them. Also, they transport so well. I just gave a friend of mine 30 of these for his 30th birthday- no fuss to carry over to his party!

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  187. I tried twice to double this but when I add the last bit of sugar I can not get the peaks again...any tips?

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  188. I was also trying to double the recipe however the batter turned out very runny....where did I go wrong?

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  189. Yum these were so good and addictive. I had doubts about how they would turn out because I made meringues once before and they tasted like Styrofoam. These however were so soft and chewy! I will be making these again in the future for my chocolate cravings.

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  190. These look yummy. Could I fold in fresh chopped strawberries in with the choc chips?

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  191. I am trying to make these cookies, however my mixture is not stiff (at all)! Any suggestions?

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  192. Wow! I just made a batch of these and I am trying to figure out how much exercise I need to do to burn off the dozen I just consumed! Thank goodness they are low fat...These were great!!! Light, melt in your mouth goodness like cotton candy. (And they will be even better tomorrow??!!) I bet peppermint extract and peppermint crunch would be good as well... Gives me an excuse to experiment with more flavors. Thank you for the recipe.

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