Clearly, as it’s Halloween RIGHT NOW, I haven’t yet made my scary dinner. I did some prep work yesterday but the majority of the food happens tonight. However, I thought I’d get you in the mood with a dessert recipe, just in case you’re stuck for something tonight. This one is pretty quick and effective. A few thoughts:
1. When you’re piping them, don’t use a decorative tip. Use a smooth one.
2. Also, make sure your ghosts stand straight up. Mind tended to lean which, while appropriate for Passover, was less appealing for Halloween.
3. Mine needed to bake longer than the recommended 75 minutes, more around an hour and thirty or forty minutes. I’m not sure why. Perhaps my eggs were really moist.
4. For the record, I actually hate meringues. But other people seem to enjoy them.
3 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In the bowl of an electric mixer with a whip attachment, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla until frothy. Beat in the sugar and increase the speed to high. Beat until stiff peaks form- it should take six or seven minutes.
Place the mixture into a piping bag with a large, plain tip. Or use a ziplock bag with the tip cut off. Either way, roll up your sleeves because this is a messy, sticky project. Pipe the batter out in swirls that top each other, sort of piling circles on circles. Sadly, it will look a little bit like white dog poo. (Not a comparison you want to make with food, but there it is.) It should make about 8-10.
Bake for an hour to an hour and forty minutes- the cookies will sort of dry out and crack a little bit. Let them cool completely.
Melt the chocolate chips in a small bowl it the microwave. I did it in 30 second intervals and stirred in between. It took only a minute. Pour the chocolate into a small ziplock bag and cut a very tiny hole in the edge. Pipe on the eyes to make your white mountains/piles of white dog poo into ghastly ghosts. They’ll actually be kind of cute.