Chocolate Dipped Cherry Meringues

Light and airy meringue cookies with a hint of cherry flavor!  

Each crisp little meringue  is dipped in decadent dark chocolate to make these an extra special treat!

Sweet little meringue cookies flavored with maraschino cherries and then dipped in chocolate. www.lemonsforlulu.com

The kids of today have no idea how lucky they are.  They have the best birthday parties.  With a simple phone call (and a chunk of money) your child, along with his closest friends can be indulged and entertained in any manner you choose.  They can bounce in inflatables, they can shoot each other with laser beams, paint pottery pieces, attend baseball games, have a princess party in a magical wonderland,  have tea parties, have basketball parties, have gymnastics parties and have ballet parties.

Sweet little cherry flavored meringues dipped in chocolate. www.lemonsforlulu.com

When I was a little kid, we didn’t have “birthday parties on steroids”.  If you were lucky, you had a McDonald’s party.  I was never lucky.  I was in a perpetual state of envy.  If you were fortunate enough to have a party at McDonald’s, you were treated to a sectioned off part of the restaurant.  McDonald’s paper goods, McDonald’s food, and a little white cake with a glorious yellow and orange border and Ronald McDonald’s face in the center of the cake.  The birthday child got a to keep a souvenir glass.  That’s right, a GLASS!

Light, airy, crisp cherry meringues dipped in chocolate.  www.lemonsforlulu.com

I had exactly one kid birthday party.  It was at my house.   There were 4 girls.   There wasn’t a whole lot of fuss.   We ate snacks, we played musical chairs, I opened gifts and then we had cake.  I never asked for another party, and my parents never offered to host another party.

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I picked up the poor party planning from my parents.  It’s not that I want to deprive my kids from having an exceptional birthday, it’s just that there’s too much pressure to succeed.   You have to pick an exciting venue, come up with a theme,  have food, games and goody bags surrounding that theme.  I’m too cheap and impatient for all that.

I’m all for making any cake my kids desire, serving up their favorite meal, buying a special gift and playing a rousing game of family musical chairs!  Now THAT’S  a birthday party!!

One of my favorite places to go for my own birthday is this fantastic bakery that serves a special tea luncheon.  We eat finger sandwiches, scones, muffins, whoopie pies, macarons and meringues.  I love those little meringues.  They are light and airy.  They are crisp when you bite into them, but then they instantly melt into your mouth.  These meringues are sweetened with maraschino cherry juice and then dipped in dark chocolate.    A perfectly sweet ending to any meal!

CHERRY-O

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Chocolate Dipped Cherry Meringues

Chocolate Dipped Cherry Meringues

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice
  • 6 drops of pink food coloring
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips, melted
  • ½ teaspoon shortening

Instructions

  1. Allow egg whites to come to room temperature in a large mixing bowl (about 30 minutes). Preheat oven to 225. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Add cream of tartar and salt to egg whites. Beat on high until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar to egg whites, 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue to beat on high speed until egg whites are glossy and have become stiff. Beat in cherry juice and enough food coloring until the meringues have the desired color.
  2. Carefully scoop mixture into a piping bag fitted with a ½ inch star tip opening. Pipe meringue about 1 inch apart onto lined baking sheets.
  3. Bake cookies for 60 minutes or until meringues are dry and firm to the touch. Turn the oven off and let meringues sit in the oven with the door closed for another hour or until completely cooled.
  4. In a small microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate and shorting until smooth. Carefully dip bottoms of meringues into chocolate, allowing excess chocolate to drip down. Place meringues on baking sheet and allow chocolate to set completely.
  5. Store meringues in an airtight container.
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38 Responses

  1. These are so cute!! Love the contrast of colors and lets be honest who doesn’t love chocolate?! My younger sister had a mcdonalds party once lol the pictures from it crack me up!!

    • Thank you Liz! I wonder when McDonalds stopped doing parties?!

    • They are so easy, I love them! Thank you Layla!

  2. The meringues are just lovely! I am making these (a sugar-free version) for sure!

    • Thank you Carolyn! I would love to see your sugar free version!

  3. Tanya, these little meringues are gorgeous!! I love how they are dipped in chocolate. Yummmmy!!! Have pinned.

  4. Tanya, these are so beautiful! I am so making these for Valentine’s Day! My daughter loves meringues AND of course chocolate…these will be my gift to her. Thanks so much!

    • Thank you Caroline. I hope you daughter enjoys them! My daughter sure did!

  5. These are so pretty. I love the pastel pink and then the contrast of the chocolate. Best little treat ever!

  6. These meringues look just perfect for a Valentine’s Day treat.

  7. Eva Dankers

    OHHHH! I think I’ll make these for my daughters dessert bar at her wedding reception!

    • That would be a sweet idea! Thank you Eva!

  8. I grew up the same way, Tanya! Not a whole lot of parties or fuss….although I did have the privilege of attending a few McDonald’s parties which felt oh-so-special :) I have a tendency to go nuts with birthday parties – always at home, and we combine the three girls into one party – but I always secretly wish we were just eating dinner, having cake, and playing musical chairs :)

  9. I’m going to visit you and that bakery when it’s my birthday! Great thing about small town Minnesota is that we don’t have all those places to have birthday parties so they still get pin the tail on the donkey for their birthday parties!

  10. […] Chocolate dipped cherry meringues – These are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat! […]

  11. Oh these are so pretty. I bet they’re yummy! I’m stopping by from Pinterest, where I’m a new follower. Thanks for sharing!

  12. These are so pretty, Tanya! The perfect treat for Valentine’s Day! Great photos ;)

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