Fudgy Chocolate Meringue Cookies

These Fudgy Chocolate Meringue Cookies are soft and chewy in the middle, with the most delightfully thin and crackly exterior! Fudgy Chocolate Meringue Cookies from afarmgirlsdabbles.com Not a week goes by that someone in our family doesn’t bring up a fun little (or big) memory from our cruise to the Southern Caribbean this past winter. Carnival treated us so well that week. The food, the activities, the genuine hospitality…all of it was so very good. I’m pretty sure they even ordered all that beautiful awesome sunshine for us to soak up, weary from our cold, bleak winter in Minnesota. We had one splendid time.

I’m reminded of these Fudgy Chocolate Meringue Cookies every now and then, whenever I’m needing an extra indulgent chocolate fix. Aboard the Carnival Breeze, I enjoyed them with a swirl of self-serve strawberry yogurt. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea. In the sunshine. Ahhhh…take me back!

Be sure to read to the end of this post where I share about my family’s favorite excursion while cruising the Southern Caribbean. (Aruba!)

* This post is sponsored by Carnival Cruise LineCarnival Cruise 1979 I just have to, have to, have to share this with you. Blake’s mom was cleaning out closets and asked if I’d like their travel album from the time they cruised on the Carnival Mardi Gras back in 1979. She knew better than to ask her own son, as he is not a saver of things. Of course, I had to take a look.

The girls and I got such a kick paging through the old album. Besides pictures and random memorabilia, the album contained paper after paper of Loree’s handwriting, describing their flights to and from Miami, everything about the cruise itself, and all you could hope to know about each of their port excursions. And looking at the photos, the 70’s clothing and hair styles, the dark wood paneling on the interior walls of the ship…we found it to be quite good entertainment.

That’s Blake with his mom and dad, in the photo above. Fudgy Chocolate Meringue Cookies from afarmgirlsdabbles.com Well here is some of my own kind of memorabilia, in recipe form. Of course! Every day, the dessert buffet onboard the Breeze was changed up. And one day my eyes locked in on their chocolate meringue cookies. I am so glad I didn’t pass them up. They were heavenly. Fudgy Chocolate Meringue Cookies from afarmgirlsdabbles.com If you’ve ever made anything “meringue”, you know that egg whites are at the heart of the recipe. Whipped until they’re fluffed and thickened, eggs are what give meringue desserts their unique airy texture. Fudgy Chocolate Meringue Cookies from afarmgirlsdabbles.comThese chocolate meringue cookies are fudgy in the middle, with the most delightfully thin and crackly exterior. I remember when eating my first one on the ship, how I laughed out loud after taking my first bite. I had never eaten a chocolate meringue cookie before, and honestly expected to not even like it. But that sweet thing surprised me, and left me with another awesome travel memory to add to my list.

Fudgy Chocolate Meringue Cookies

Ingredients:


  • 4 large egg whites

  • 1 c. sugar

  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted gently and cooled to room temperature

  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

  • 1-1/2 c. finely diced walnuts


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a baking sheet very lightly with non-stick spray and set aside.


In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat egg whites, slowly adding in sugar, until mixture forms soft peaks. With a rubber spatula, gently fold in melted, cooled chocolate, vanilla, and nuts. Stir just until combined. Drop by spoonful (about 1-1/2 tablespoon in size), 2 inches apart, onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove to cooling rack to cool completely. These cookies are best on the day they are made.


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Disclosure: Our family was honored to be guests aboard the Carnival Breeze with Carnival Cruise Line. All opinions are 100% my own.