These are easy and attractive cookies. They are light and chewy and you can't eat just one. I usually make them at Christmas, but they will do for any occasion.
- In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites and vanilla until soft peaks form.
- Gradually add sugar, about 2 Tablespoons at a time, beating until stiff peaks form.
- Gently fold in cocoa.
- Place in a pastry bag with a large open star tip.
- Line baking sheets with foil and coat the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
- Pipe stars, about 1 1/4 in.
- diameter, onto foil, or drop by rounded teaspoons.
- Bake at 300 for 30-35 minutes or util lightly browned.
- Remove from foil; cool on wire racks.
- In a microwave or double boiler, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth.
- Dip the cookies halfway into glaze; place on waxed paper to harden.
It is true that you can not just eat one. I ended up making a double batch. I knew I wouldn't have time or patience for the glaze so I sprinkled them with chocolate sprinkles before I baked them. Looked pretty and tasted great.
These are such delicate and attractive cookies it's hard to believe that I made them. I'm really scared of pastry bags, so kept putting off making them, but in the end, they were very very easy. Rather than glaze them, I melted the chocolate and made sandwiches. My chocoholic husband is in heaven. Thank you very much for the recipe.
I thought these were fantastic! I didnt use the glaze on them because I wanted to cut back on the work I was spenging in the kitchen over the Holidays and the turned out really really good! Thanks so much for this recipe!