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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

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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.

Christmas cocktails

Christmas cocktails

Get in the Christmas spirit with our quick and easy Christmas cocktail recipes. From alcoholic to non-alcoholic, from classics to cocktail twists, we’ve got plenty of simple drink recipes to choose from that are sure to liven up any Christmas celebrations. We’re here to make the big day a little less stressful with our Christmas cocktail guide.

What you need:

For the basic cocktail you will need some basic equipment, which most cocktail recipes will use. You can buy most of these in the supermarket and if you’re lucky you might even find a bargain or two.

Cocktail glasses

For every drink you’ll need a glass. Make sure you work out how many people you’ll be having over for Christmas and get that many glasses, plus a few spare in case anyone has one too many. Cocktail glasses come in different shapes and sizes so depending on what cocktail you want to make, buy the appropriate glass e.g. for a margarita buy a classic margarita glass, for eggnog buy a small, short glass. If you want to save some money you could go cheap and buy plastic ones instead. Make sure you recycle them after use.

Ice cubes

It may be cold outside and ice is probably the last thing of your list but for the perfect, refreshing cocktail you’ll need plenty of it. This can be bought in the freezer section in your local supermarket or if you’ve got enough freezer space you could make your own using ice cube moulds. Ice cubes are pretty cheap to buy so if you wanted to ask your friends or family to bring something this would be ideal. Some cocktails require crushed ice rather than cubed so check before buying because you can buy it ready crushed in the shops – it will be a lot easier than trying to crush it yourself.

Fruit

Most cocktails use fruit. Why not get super organised and before your guests arrive pre-cut all your fruit and pop into an airtight container and leave in the fridge. This is great for lemons, limes, oranges and kiwi. If you’re Christmas cocktail recipe uses apple, cut up your apple into segments and place in an airtight container sprinkled with some orange juice so the apple doesn’t go brown.

Decorations

From stirrers to mini umbrellas, every cocktail needs some sort of decoration. You can buy cocktail decorations in most supermarkets in the party section. If you want to save some money you could always make your own using gold or silver pens, cardboard and straws. Cut out Christmas stars, colour in gold pen and stick onto each straw – your friends and family will love them!

Dark chocolate brownies

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These classic chocolate brownies are made extra-special with a delicious choccie glaze. They can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days

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Ingredients

For the brownies:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 3oz plain chocolate, chopped
  • 1⅓ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

For the chocolate glaze (optional):

  • ⅓ cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup plain chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Method

  1. Add the butter and chocolate to a medium pan over low heat. Stir frequently until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour and walnuts until well blended.
  2. Spread the batter evenly in a buttered and floured 8in square baking pan.
  3. Bake at 180°C/160°C fan/350°F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 to 30 minutes until the edges feel firm to the touch and begin to turn a shade darker.
  4. Meanwhile, make the chooclate glaze. In a small pan, stir the whipping cream and chocolate over low heat until melted and smooth. Stir in the vanilla essence.
  5. Run a knife between the pan rim and the brownie. If desired, spread with the chocolate glaze. Allow to cool in the pan on a rack for about 1 hour. Cut into 9 or 16 squares.

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Nutritional information per portion

  • Calories 195(kcal)
  • Fat 12.0g
  • Saturates 5.8g
  • Salt 0.1g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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