Happy Sunday! I’ve been craving dessert all weekend. I behaved on Friday night after dining out with friends. Ben and I shared chicken fajitas and were pretty stuffed so that was easy to pass on. Yesterday we went to Athens for the UGA/Bama basketball game and ate some questionable stuff all day – um not so healthy! I broke down last night after we got home and had some ice cream but I just wasn’t satisfied. For one, I don’t eat much ice cream these days and it was a flavor the girls picked out. Ordinarily I would choose gelato or Ben &Jerry’s if I’m going to cave and buy some. I sure do love some homemade ice cream in the Summer though!
BTW I am so tired of this cold weather. A couple of days I don’t mind but an entire week! How about you? I feel like this past week has been like Groundhog Day – go to work, come home, change into sweats (Yes, sweats and not cute ones!), cook, eat, sleep, workout some, repeat! And tonight there’s a chance of freezing rain! Sheesh and my girls are supposed to go back to school tomorrow!
But back to my dessert craving. I’ve been cooking a lot today getting ready for the week and trying out some new recipes. Of course I had to finally put a stop to this dessert craving so I decided to bake some Meringue cookies. My friend, Anjali, tagged me on a recipe post a few months ago and I came across it last night. I liked the ingredients in the recipe, knew everyone in the house would approve and gave it whir! I subbed out half the white sugar for brown sugar and also added some chopped walnuts and toffee bits. I baked them until they were dry and then let them cool as long as I could. They are crunchy, light and delicate on the outside but the center is like a fudgy chocolate heaven when warm. When cooled, the center is a little crispier and still full of flavor! I love my version and can’t wait to make some other variations. It does contain sugar and egg whites but there’s no flour or butter in the recipe. Give them a go and let me know what you think!