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Authors Eat…

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

This week author Lynne Cantwell joins us for an installment of the popular Culture and Cuisine Club feature, Authors Eat…

Before we get to Lynne’s story and recipe for Chocolate Mint Meringues, I have a confession to make. When Lynne joined the staff of Indies Unlimited I was intimidated. Along with a master’s degree in fiction from Johns Hopkins, Lynne has an impressive resume. Twenty years in broadcast journalism, time spent at CNN, and fiction writing galore – experience that I could never hope to match. What I have found, however, is that she is willing to share her expertise with fellow writers who hold themselves to the high standard she sets for her craft. She is kind and supportive of new authors. Lynne is the author of the popular five book series, “The Pipe Woman Chronicles”, as well as other novels. She has collaborated on a variety of anthologies, has published some of her short stories, and revels in writing flash fiction – just for fun. She is a witty, smart lady, and kind enough to share with us her recipe for Chocolate Mint Meringues. Yum!

In the author’s own words…

As the weather turns cooler, my thoughts are beginning to turn to the baking I need to do for the holidays. When I first started working at the law firm where I am now, I realized I couldn’t afford to buy more than a token gift for the attorneys I work with – but I could make them cookies, which, given their eighty-hour weeks, was probably not something they would do for themselves. It’s become a tradition, and one that does me a favor; I always make cookies for the holidays anyway, and this way most of them go out the door instead of onto my hips.

I have several types that I make every year, and one or two that I rotate in and out, depending on how ambitious I feel. But I always make these meringue cookies last. They’re quick and easy, so I can just about do them in my sleep, and they’re ready in the morning when I’m putting the final touches on the cookie tins.

These are not just for the holidays, either. I got the recipe from my sister-in-law, who said it’s great for when your kid tells you at 9:00 p.m. that he promised to bring cookies for the school bake sale the next day. (She was right.)

In case you’ve never made meringue before, here are a couple of definitions. “Soft peaks” means that when you pull the beaters out of the bowl, the mixture holds its shape. “Stiff peaks” means that when you pick up the bowl and turn it over, nothing falls out – but do this carefully, in case you’re not quite there yet!


4 egg whites

1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 1/2 c. sugar

A few drops of mint extract

A few drops of green food coloring, if desired

12-oz. bag of chocolate chips


Combine the egg whites and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl, and beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, the mint flavoring, and the food coloring, and keep beating with the mixer until stiff peaks form. By hand, fold in the chocolate chips. (I usually use the mini chips, but you can use the regular size, too.)

Line several cookie sheets with waxed paper. Heat oven to 375 degrees for 15 minutes and shut off. Drop cookies by teaspoonfuls (smaller cookies turn out better) onto the lined cookie sheet and place in the oven overnight. Makes about six dozen cookies.

Intriguing cover, don't you think?

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