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by Pam on January 17, 2013

… someone is using my kitchen! The kids decided to take matters into their own hands and make themselves a big batch of cookies. They chose to make cookies with coconut, white chocolate chips, and milk chocolate chips. They used this recipe[1] and just substituted 1/2 cup of chocolate chips for white chocolate chips and omitted the almonds. They cranked up the pop music (sigh, the things we do for our children) and got ready to bake while I snapped a few pictures. They ended the afternoon by eating a freshly baked cookie while doing homework. The cookies look amazing and the whole family tells me they are extra delicious – probably because the kids put so much love into them!

A quick note to say THANK YOU for all of the wonderful e-mails and comments you have sent my way. I am so thankful for all of your positive thoughts and kind words. I have been getting my back and muscles worked on a lot this week and I am definitely feeling so much better thanks to Dr. Scherer at Back in Motion. It’s a slow & painful process but I am on my way back to normal. I am hoping to try cooking this weekend.  See you soon….


  1. ^ this recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Peppermint Meringues

Light and airy peppermint swirls. ‘Tis the season for all things peppermint, shopping and big wooly mittens, cookies and hot cocoa, and of course, cookie exchanges.

And what can be more symbolic this time of year than peppermint flavored cookies. 

The taste of these meringues is somewhere between a cookie and a candy cane. I found out by accident that dissolving one into my morning coffee with a little whipped cream instantly makes me feel like I’m drinking a Starbucks Peppermint Latte. I bet it would be yummy in hot cocoa too!

Meringues are made with egg whites and sugar, so they are naturally low-fat and gluten-free. They can be flavored with different extracts to get different results, and baking them in different temperatures will yield different textures. Some of my favorites varieties include the Chocolate Chip Clouds[1], Black and White Clouds[2], and To Die For Coconut Cookies[3].

These beautiful candy cane gems are colored with a paint brush and a little gel paste food coloring (available at Michaels) just before piping to give you the peppermint stripe. Completely optional of course, but it really makes the cookie. Always use metal bowls and beaters and be sure they are squeaky clean before making meringues to guarantee good results.

For more skinny cookie recipes[4] to add to your cookie exchange this holiday season, click here[5].

Thank you GLAD for bringing us this post. Learn more about Glad’s Mom Made Cookie Exchange program here[6].

Peppermint Meringues
Servings: 30 • Size: 3 cookies • Old Points: 0 pts • Points+: 1
Calories: 21 • Fat: 0 g • Carb: 5 g Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 0.5 g • Sugar: 5 g
Sodium: 6 mg


    • 3 large egg whites
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1 drop peppermint concentrate or 1/2 tsp pure peppermint extract
    • Red gel-paste food coloring


Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Fit a pastry bag with a small open-star tip (such as Wilton M1). Set aside.

Place egg whites and sugar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set bowl over a pan of simmering water, and stir gently until sugar has dissolved and mixture is warm to the touch, 2 to 3 minutes.

Transfer bowl to an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Mix in peppermint concentrate.

Using a new small paintbrush, paint 2 or 3 stripes of red food coloring inside the pastry bag. Fill bag with 1 to 2 cups meringue. Pipe small (3/4-inch-high) star shapes onto prepared baking sheets. Refill bag as necessary, adding food coloring each time.

Bake cookies until crisp but not brown, about 1 hour 40 minutes. Shut the oven off and leave in the oven for 30 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks then place in a sealed container.

Makes 90 – 100 small cookies.

Adapted from Martha Stewart[7]


  1. ^ Chocolate Chip Clouds (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Black and White Clouds (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ To Die For Coconut Cookies (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ skinny cookie recipes (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  5. ^ click here (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  6. ^ Glad’s Mom Made Cookie Exchange program here (r1.fmpub.net)
  7. ^ Martha Stewart (www.marthastewart.com)

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