Sometimes you come upon greatness from the oddest paths. When I opened Rebecca Firth’s The Cookie Book, I landed on this Peanut Butter Cup Meringue Cookies recipe, not because of the gorgeous photo (or my absolute love of meringue), which are both strong enough reasons, but for the chapter title, called Jazz Hands. For anyone who knows my instagram stories, you may have seen me dancing around my kitchen. What you may not know is that I grew up in a dance studio. My mom has had the studio in VT since I was two years old. Jazz Hands were a real thing in my world. Something I associate with my childhood and trips to NYC to see A Chorus Line, no less than 5 times. So, when I saw the chapter and the photo of these Meringue Cookies, I really had no choice but to make them. They are a delight and hit the flavor and texture profiles just right. They are just the right balance of sweet and salty, like a peanut butter cup candy, but with the ethereal quality I love about meringue.
You can see me create these cookies and maybe see my Jazz Hands in my Instagram video.
Peanut Butter Cup Meringue Cookies
Peanut Butter Glaze
1/2 cup (65g) powdered sugar
1 tablespoon (16g) natural peanut butter
1 to 2 tablespoons milk (I used heavy whipping cream, because that is what I had)
1/2 cup (40g) dark chocolate, finely chopped
4 large egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (I used kosher salt, since that’s what I had)
3/4 cup (144g) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (33g) powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 200°F (93°C)
Line two baking sheets with parchment
To make the peanut butter glaze, mix together all the ingredients until smooth. It should be thin enough to drizzle.
Melt the chocolate over a double boiler
To make the meringues (see my meringue video on instagram) – in a stand mixer, fitted with the whip attachment, beat the eggs, cream of tartar and salt on medium speed until foamy, then drizzle in the sugar slowly. Turn up the speed to high and whip until medium stiff peaks (see my meringue video on instagram for a visual). Add the powdered sugar and continue mixing until stiff peaks. The meringue will be glossy and hold it’s shape when lifted out of the bowl.
Scoop the meringues using a scoop or spoons and divide into 12 equal portions onto the prepared pans. Drizzle a bit of the peanut butter glaze and then the chocolate over each meringue. Not too much or they will get too heavy. Swirl the toppings into the meringue with a toothpick or knife and bake for two hours. Turn off the oven and let them sit in the oven for several hours to fully dry out. The meringues will be crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.
Thank you Rebecca for sending me the book, it is fantastic!