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These cookies can be used for any holiday or special occasion by just altering the shape. For Valentines day you can easily shape them into hearts, or at Easter try adding just a touch of food coloring and shaping them into bunnies or Easter eggs.

3 egg whites

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 tsp salt

1 C sugar

31/2 Tbsp baking cocoa

4 Tbsp miniature semi sweet chocolate chips

4 Tbsp finely crushed walnuts, or the nut of your choice

In a large mixing bowl place egg whites. (You may also substitute the egg whites with powdered meringue) and let stand at room temp. for about 30 minutes. Beat until foamy and then add cream of tartar and salt, beat until mixture forms soft peaks and gradually add sugar until stiff peaks form. This will take anywhere from 4 to 6 minutes at high speed, beat in cocoa, and fold in chocolate chips. Add nuts if desired.

Using a pastry bag or a plastic bag with just the corner cut off, pipe the mixture into the shape of wreaths about 3 inches apart into a lightly greased baking sheet . Bake at 300 F for about 20 to 25 minutes or until firm to the touch. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container. Makes about 2 doz. cookies.

For an extra touch, you can place green or red candied cherries around the wreath.


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