California Fig and Hazelnut Mocha Meringues
Mocha latte lovers, these meringues are for you! Kissed with flecks of California Figs, these Hazelnut Mocha Meringues are perfect to nosh on with coffee.
Servings 18 cookies
- 3 egg whites large, at room temperature
- 1/2 tsp instant coffee
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 4 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs chopped, stems removed
- 1/2 cup hazelnuts or walnuts, chopped, toasted
- chocolate swirl topping
- Heat oven to 250°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with foil or parchment paper. Put egg whites, instant coffee and cream of tartar in clean medium mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Sift together cocoa powder, cornstarch and cinnamon. With spatula, gently fold into egg white mixture along with figs and nuts. Spoon meringue onto foil making about 16-18 (2-inch) circles. Smooth tops with back of spoon; be sure all fig pieces are covered with meringue. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until dry, switching positions of sheets after 30 minutes for even cooking. Turn oven off, partially open door, and let cookies dry in oven for additional 30 minutes. Peel cookies from paper and place on wire rack to cool completely. Store cookies in airtight container.
Chocolate Swirl Topping
- Melt 2 1/2 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate and spoon into quart-size plastic bag; seal bag. Snip across 1 corner of bag to make 1/4-inch hole. Pipe chocolate in spiral designs on each cookie. Let chocolate dry.
Photo: George Selland.