Dec 2, 2012

Dark Chocolate and Mint Chip Clouds




Easy light and airy cookies made with only 5 ingredients!

We've been making chocolate chip clouds for quite a long time in my house, my oldest daughter who is quite the baker, always makes, not because they are light (she's too young to care about calories) but because they are so good. And, since her BFF has Celiac, these are the perfect gluten-free cookies to share.


They are light and airy and melt in your mouth. I think they even get better with time, and they last quite a while if stored in an airtight container.


When I saw these Dark Chocolate and Mint Morsels in Target, I knew I had to make these! They are the perfect addition to your Holiday Cookie Swaps.


If you like the combination of mint chocolate chip, then you'll love these little clouds.

Helpful Tip: Always be sure your eggs are room temperature, and you use metal beaters and bowls for perfect meringues every time.


Dark Chocolate and Mint Chip Clouds
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 15 • Serving Size: 2 cookies • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 3 pts 
Calories: 130.5 • Fat: 5 g • Carb: 23 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 1 g • Sugar: 22 g
Sodium: 11 mg 

Ingredients:

  • 3 large egg whites (room temperature)
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate and mint morsels (Nestle)



Directions:

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 mint 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.

108 comments :

  1. I've never had cloud cookies before. They sound interesting and look delicious!

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  2. Would I be able to use egg beaters egg whites, instead of real ones? Nothing against real eggs, I just happen to have a TON of egg beaters egg whites and it would be a lot easier! I just don't know what I'd save the yolks for.

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    1. If I recall correctly from past experience, egg beaters don't work for meringues - I think they even say so on the package.

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    2. If you have the Egg Beaters Whites Only, then yes it should work. Anyone else tried it?

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    3. I tried these with Egg Whites Only and they did not come very good. I have made these numerous times with real egg whites and they always come out good.My kids LOVE them. I may make them today.

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    4. Those eggs are mechanically separated, not done with love in a kitchen...and even the tiniest bit of yolk (or fat of any kind- always wipe your bowls with a paper towel before you use for meringue) will cause your egg whites not to beat properly.

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    5. I didn't think they would work, but it was worth a shot! Thanks everyone! Now, what to do with those yolks. . .

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    6. I made these with Egg Beaters (whites only) last night and they turned out fine. I haven't ever made anything with beaten whites before though, so maybe I just don't know the difference! But they passed the husband and neighbor taste test! Also, I substituted chopped Ghiradelli Peppermint bark for the mint chocolate morsels and it worked great.

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  3. Those look so yummy! A perfect way to get a light chocolate treat. I just hope I can find those choc/mint chips in Canada.

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  4. These are so cute! I love 'em- I wish I could find mint chips where I am but I think I'll had to do with mint extract instead! Totally making them, though! :)

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    1. Do you have the Andes pieces where you are? That might be a good substitute. :D

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  5. I love mint chocolate desserts at Christmas - these look like so much fun!

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  6. Do these freeze ok? We're condiering making them ahead of time (8-9 days, due to scheduling) for an event.

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  7. Yum! These look and sound delicious. I am definitely going to try them (and bring as a holiday treat to one of my girlfriends who is gluten free.

    Coleen
    www.skinnyinstilettos.blogspot.com

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  8. A healthy holiday-themed cookie, yay! These look delicious and I love that they have both mint and dark chocolate.

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  9. Hi, I was thinking of trying to make these for a holiday cookie swap I have coming up in the next two weeks but I'll confess I'm not much of a baker and I have one question...what is cream of tartar? Is that something I could buy at the local supermarket (like Publix) or do I need to find that in a health food store?

    These sound delicious, thank you!

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    1. Cream of Tartar can be found in any regular grocery store with the spices.

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    2. I had the worst luck the first time I tried to buy it- took 5 different stores to find. I'm not sure if you have one near you, but Stop and Shop always has it.

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    3. It's with the spices, I but in in the supermarket.

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  10. My DH is diabetic so do you think they would work if I used granulated Splenda instead of sugar or even 1/2 sugar and 1/2 Splenda? Sound great, can't wait to make.

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    1. Wouldn't the sugar in the chips would prohibit him from having these?

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    2. I don't know if it would work with SPlenda, please let me know if it does.

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    3. Juju -- diabetics can have sugar. That's not the problem.

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  11. I LOVE making these types of cookies!!!

    thanks for posting!!!

    Diane

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  12. I love anything mint...I gotta look for those morsels!!! =)

    Ergo-Blog

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  13. Looks delicious! I am a real mint fan so I know I would love this!

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  14. I didn't know about the metal bowls, I'll keep that in mind!

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    1. Plastic holds grease, and grease will destroy meringues.

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  15. 1 cup dark chocolate and mint morsels...1 cup each or 1 cup total?

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    1. Total, I think; Gina's other cloud cookie recipes call for one cup :)

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    2. They're mixed together in the package (like in her pictures), so it shouldn't be separate measurements.

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  16. delicius! I think I won't find the mint chips here in italy :o(

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    1. Look for the "peppermint meringues" recipe on this site - you can add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract to the meringue just as you're finishing the whipping, then just use chocolate chips. I made the peppermint meringues for a cookie exchange this weekend, and they were AMAZING.

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    2. I love how many European's visit here! Try adding a couple of drops of Spearmint extract to the cookies then use dark chocolate chips.

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  17. Ohhh, these look very delicious!

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  18. Oh booh hoou...I can't get mint chocolate chips here in France....:-((

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    1. Try adding a drop of Spearmint extract to the cookies then use dark chocolate chips.

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  19. Gorgeous! I love meringue cookies and I love the chips you put in them! Wonderful recipe!!

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  20. My grandma used to make these cookies, my favorites! She called them Forgotten Cookies because she'd heat up the oven to 350 or so (?), put the cookies in the oven, turn the oven and leave them in overnight - thus forgotten. She also colored them a very pale green. Thanks for the memory!

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  21. Gina!! I love this! I'm doing a cookie swap this weekend and now know exactly what I'm making! :)
    -Lauren

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  22. Try adding a drop or two of green food coloring for a festive look. I have made these for years but am delighted to now have the mint chocolate chips available as I have added a drop or two of peppermint extract in the past. I have also used red food coloring with almond extract for another tasty cloud.

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  23. Gina...Fabulous grain-free recipe...While the "visual" may not be as impressive...Perhaps those of us dwelling in Europe without access to the morsels could use a chopped-up "Andes Mint" layered chocolate/mint type of bar?...I think I've seen something like these that could be a substitute!

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  24. Thanks Gina : I am like Louise , I don't know where I can get mint chocolate mint , I don't know what "Andes mint" but i will search on google . These cookies look like a piece of paradise :)

    Misty from Belgium

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    1. Try adding a drop of Spearmint extract to the cookies then using chocolate chips will give you that combo.

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  25. These look lovely! I've never made this type of "cookie" before, but I think that I may try them. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  26. I love cloud cookies. What can I do with the yolks? Can they be frozen and used later?

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    1. I usually give them to my dog or toss them.

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    2. Many homemade ice cream recipes call for egg yolks. I always make cloud cookies to use up the whites after I make ice cream.

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  27. Would this recipe work with Splenda in place of the sugar?

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  28. I am in love with these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I made them last night and they are sooo good!!! ( and I did use splenda and it worked out perfectly)

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  29. So glad I read the comments. No mint chips here in New Zealand either but I'll definitely try the mint extract option. I've made chocolate almond ones before but this version sounds great for Christmas.

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  30. As always, thid recipe is way too good! Thank you :-)

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  31. Peppermint & Chocolate is my all-time favorite sweet combo! These sound great, I've gotta find those morsels!

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  32. Aww damn! We don't get mint chips in Australia (or butterscotch chips. I know, so wrong) but these looks AMAZING!

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  33. yum!!!! never heard of clouds before...can't wait to try!

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  34. These are flippin' AMAZING! :)

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  35. Amazing!!! I couldn't find the mint/choc chips so I got a bag of baking andes mints pieces...Delish...sooooo light and yummy!!!

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    1. Thanks for posting . I've got a bag of those in the pantry & I've been wanting to make these cookies. :)

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  36. I actually have these chocolate and mint chips and I'm sorry to report that they are not gluten-free :(

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  37. Looks so yummy! I think I am on cloud nine right now.

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  38. What does "just until dry" mean? I burned the first batch, now have the 2nd in the oven but don't want to overcook them. Any better tips for knowing when they are done?

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    1. They wont look glossy anymore, hope that helps :)

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  39. Host the Toast (http://blog.hostthetoast.com) just featured this recipe on the food, drink, and entertainment blog's "Link Love" post! Great photos, recipe, and writing as always! I have been a huge fan for a while now, and you never disappoint!

    Cheers and Happy Holidays!

    -Morgan of Host the Toast

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  40. I just made these and they're delicious! The Nestlé mint chips are not gluten free (I am), so I used dark chocolate chips and mint extract. Worked perfectly! Next time I'm going to try the Andes pieces.

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  41. Love love love these! Made them for my friend who is gluten free for our Christmas cookie exchange and they were great! Even the girls who eat gluten were impressed :o) Love your recipes! Always a winner

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  42. So easy, so cute and delicious! I got more than 30 out of mine, which makes them one P+ each!

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  43. I just made these and they are amaaazing! I'm not normally a big fan of merengue so I wondered if I would like them, but I LOVE them! Thanks for the great treat idea!

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  44. I have burned the first batch. what did I do wrong??? The second batch almost burned after 20 minutes. They do not look done in the middle but are brown on the outside.

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    1. Where was your oven rack? Top, bottom, middle?

      Maybe invest in an oven thermometer as your oven temperature might be slightly off?

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  45. Are they supposed to be a light brown when done in the oven or does that mean they burned? Mine are light brown on the outside but squishy if u try to pick them up...any guidance on judging doneness is appreciated! Thanks!

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    1. Light brown is ok, they should harden when you take them out of the oven and leave them to cool, but will be chewy on the inside :)

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  46. soooo bummed...two stores and i still haven't found the chocolate chips. my cookie exchange is monday so i may have to find a different receipe :(

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    1. You could just buy any type of chips (normal chocolate, butterscotch, white chocolate) :)

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  47. Amazing! I used dairy-free mini chocolate chips and they turned out great! Next time I will add a hint of mint extract...

    I had a little trouble whipping up the egg whites because I didn't realize I needed to start at a slow speed and gradually increase the speed to high... just a suggestion for future recipes. That little detail made all the difference!

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  48. Can I use raw sugar for these?

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    1. By raw sugar, if you mean normal sugar (ie not confectioners sugar) then yes, raw sugar is whats asked for :)

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    2. I used raw organic sugar (meaning unbleached) and they worked really well!

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  49. I am having a lot of trouble with these..
    do you need a mixer? I don't have one (not even hand mixer), so i tried with just a whisk. Does that not work!?

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    1. If you have a LOT of patience and even more stamina, a hand whisk will work :P

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  50. Although I used room temp egg whites, and metal bowl, I could not get my meringue to form stiff peaks. I had it set on highest speed of my mixer. I have never made meringue before. Not sure what I did wrong?

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    1. Whites will not whip if there is any oil in the bowl or on the whipping beaters, so maybe the bowl/beater was oily?

      Wipe it down with some lemon juice on a napkin before beating to eliminate all oils. Also, it takes long to start but once it starts, its not too slow.

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  51. so I think I got the flavor down but the consistency is really sticky gooey like a marshmallow on your teeth, is that normal? Mine are golden brown all over and as long as I eat one that is super crisp the consistency is o.k...
    I've never made these before. Made them Sunday for book club and everyone LOVED them.. now making for hubby's work xmas party and they came out better (used metal on metal this time) but they feel even gooeier in my mouth when I bite in the middle away from the golden brown. (taste is still spot on though!) so can someone describe the correct feeling of the cookie? Is it supposed to be sticky?

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  52. Is there an acceptable substitute for cream of tartar?

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    1. I don't know about for cloud cookies, but as a general rule you can use vinegar.

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  53. I could not find the mint choc chips so I bought dark choc chips and cinnamon chips. Do u think it would be ok to put the dark chips and cinnamon chips together or should I just make with dark choc chips?

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  54. I have a glass bowl on my kitchen aid. It didn't come with the metal bowl. Will that work?

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  55. I have made these three times in a week!! Love this recipe. I was intimidated at first, but it's so easy and my whole family loves them. Made them the last two times with 1/2 peanut butter chips and 1/2 chocolate chips. Actually satisfies my chocolate chip cookie craving! Thanks for letting me eat cookies again!

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  56. I have made these three times in a week!! Love this recipe. I was intimidated at first, but it's so easy and my whole family loves them. Made them the last two times with 1/2 peanut butter chips and 1/2 chocolate chips. Actually satisfies my chocolate chip cookie craving! Thanks for letting me eat cookies again!

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  57. these were DELISH! My kids and husband downed them so fast. They didn't last the day before they were gone.

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  58. These are amazing, Gina! (Not that I expected anything less :)) Mine were a bit more beige than yours after 35 minutes so think I will try 30 next time.

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  59. I made these this evening, and we loved them. I have not made meringues before, and have a couple of questions. When I took them out, they were a little sticky to the touch, should I have left them in longer? they were in for 45 minutes. Good crunch on some of them. Also, they turned a cream color, is this from the type of sugar I used (raw rather than refined), or from the basic cooking process and browning. Many thanks.

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    1. also, they have been cooling on a wire rack, and I have noticed that they have taken on a soft consistency to the touch, and when you bite into them, but the bottoms are still crunchy. Any advice would be greatly appreciated - thanks

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  60. I have these in the oven now... a Christmas gift for my diabetic father in law! I hope he loves them, they sure smell good! :) thanks for the recipe Gina.

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  61. I made these tonight with chocolate and butterscotch chips. They are cooling now, and I'm a bit embarrassed to admit, that I ate four while they were still warm!! They are delicious, thanks again Gina :D

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  62. These were the best Christmas dessert/gift I have ever made. Everyone loved them and I kept making more and more. Those mint/dark chocolate chips were the best find this Christmas. I also made very delicious chocolate chip cookies with them.

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  63. Do any of you find that humidity makes a difference? I loved meringues as a kid. My great aunt who lived in Baltimore always made them at Christmas. Now my mom makes them for me, but they just aren't quite right. We live in south Mississippi which is ALWAYS humid.

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  64. You can make your own mint flavored chocolate chips by putting a bag of semi-sweet chips and a 1/2 tsp on mint extract in a sealed container or ziploc overnight.

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  65. I just made these tonight but couldn't find mint chips (was told they are seasonal) so I just used semi-sweet. They were absolutely fantastic! So easy. So light. Gluten-free. PERFECT! Will make again and again.

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  66. i made these with my mom before except we dont use chips , and add a bit of lemon juice and food coloring we call them bijou (kisses in cape verdian creole) but i definitely want to try these out :)

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  67. My cookies never turn out okay :( I just made these....it was liquidy, not fluffy as shown in the picture, so it spread all over the cookie sheet. Then it was stuck to the parchment paper after cooking. Any help is greatly appreciated

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  68. Well, that was my second attempt at these cookies. Nothing works for me for some reason, the consistency, no matter how much I follow the recipe and use the exact ingredients, no matter what, just doesn't stay stiff enough. I just mixed it for the longest time (after waiting 40 minutes for the egg whites to get to room temperature, of course), and finally, it was perfect. Then, I folded in the chocolate chips and it started to fizz, and everything was ruined. I really wanted to make these, but I don't think my nerves can take this much frustration, so I'm going to have to pass on the meringue cookies :(

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  69. i think i love you

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  70. Perfect!! I just got asked to make a Christmas dinner dessert yesterday and I think I have found my choice!!

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