French Meringue Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

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So I was thinking with Easter around the corner a nice little sweet treat was in order. My French Meringue Chocolate Sandwich Cookies are so easy to make and there are only 5 ingredients to make these. Sound good? Do I have your attention?

I’ve been playing around with a meringue dessert idea for a while now and remember back in the days while working at a patisserie in San Francisco that the baker would make huge 9″ meringue rounds, bake them and then layer them into cakes with chocolate mousse. It was so damn good as they still had a little crunch to them, but at the same time “melted” and added a layer of deliciousness to the cake.

I’ve tried various good and bad techniques to make the pastel color swirl in the meringue and like my latest the best. First round I made separate batches of meringue and added food coloring, but what a hassle. Second round had me adding a drop of food coloring to each dollop of meringue as I filled a pastry bag. That was OK, but not all that consistent. Third time I opted away from the food coloring and adopted the entry of food gels. After each dollop of meringue was added to the pastry bag fitted with a star tip, I squeezed about a tablespoon of a color and repeated until the bag was almost full. I piped the meringues out and the swirl was a delicate and pretty result.

Strangely enough I used pink, light blue and yellow alternately, but the rainbow effect didn’t come through and my result are these delicately colored meringues. I think next time more gel will be added for a more impactful, colored gradient.

After baking these cool and then a tablespoon of Nutella is added and another meringue is twisted and pressed on top to make these cookie sandwiches. I kept them refrigerated to firm up and served them as a dessert this past weekend. They are quite delicious!

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