When indulgence calls, make yourself (and a friend) these decadent, chewy and crisp Chocolate Almond Meringue Cookies. (V + GF)
Are you someone that gets cookie cravings at random times during the week, and can’t think of anything else but cookie after that? You’re not alone, my friend. I’m the same way. And mid last week, all I could think about were chocolate cookies, smothered in chocolate and nuts. Almonds to be precise.
But in a household of two members, one of whom isn’t a big fan of chocolate, and the other (me), a chocoholic who works from home, having a regular batch of 12 cookies is never a good idea. If experience has taught me anything, it’s that no good has ever come of leaving me unsupervised with a batch of cookies.
In an attempt to scramble a sweet treat out of what was available at hand (a teensy weensy amount of reduced aquafaba) and side-step any added fats or refined flour, a meringue cookie made total sense.
And what meringue cookie is more decadent than the fabulous French macaron? While sane people would have picked a recipe off the internet and followed it, I was blinded by cookie deficiency. As Professor Utonium threw random ingredients to create the Powerpuff Girls, I began throwing random ingredients into my mixing bowl to create a plant-based chocolate almond meringue cookie.
And while it didn’t quite develop ‘feet’ (no big surprise there!), it did come out perfectly crisp, like a macaron, but with no feet.
After waiting an appropriate amount of time for it to cool completely and peel off the parchment without sticking, I proceeded to dip it in a rich, chocolate ganache made with the darkest chocolate I could find and a teensy weensy bit of coconut milk.
The result: 8 absolutely decadent, delicate meringue cookies that were chewy and soft on one side and crisp on the other.
It’s an accident that I will repeat on purpose in the future, whenever a meringue cookie catches my cookie craving fancy.
When you make these Chocolate Almond Meringue Cookies (which I really think you SHOULD!), be sure to SHARE YOUR PHOTOS with me through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. I’d love to see what you cook from here!