These delicate meringue cookies are festive additions to Santa’s cookie plate! Divinity Surprise Cookies are minty pink and green confections.
On the 6th day of Christmas, My Casual Pantry baked for me…
Divinity Surprise Cookies
When I was little, my mother did a lot of baking during the holidays. I used to love watching, helping, and taste-testing. But there was one cookie I never saw her make. Yet, each Christmas, one morning they would appear – pink and green pillows of sweet confection. I thought they were magic! They just seemed to appear from the oven – as if by magic.
As I got older, I learned that these magical confections were Divinity – a meringue cookie flavored with mint extract and filled with mini-chocolate chips. These cookies are put in a preheated oven, which is then promptly turned off, and the cookies are left in the oven until morning. Eight hours later – surprise! This may be why my mother called them what she did – Divinity Surprises.
I always loved these cookies, and I have been making these for my family for years, continuing the tradition. The pink and green cookies are such a pretty addition to any cookie platter. And these cookies are SO easy to make. They whip up so quickly, and once portioned onto cookie sheets and put in the oven, they are done. Just wait until morning and voila – cookies!
How to Make Divinity Surprises
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt. Whisk until thick and stiffened. Gradually add in 1/2 cup of sugar. Continue slowly adding remaining 1/4 cup of sugar until egg whites are thick and glossy, with stiff peaks. The full 3/4 cup of sugar may not be needed, depending on the volume of the egg whites. Next, mix in mint extract. Transfer 1/2 of the meringue mixture to another bowl. Add a few drops of green food coloring to one bowl, red to the other. Stir until color is fully mixed in. Fold in half of the chocolate chips to the mixture in each bowl.
Using a small cookie scoop, portion the mixture onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Put in a preheated oven, shut the oven off, and leave overnight or for eight hours. Do not open the oven door during this time. When done, remove from oven and store in an airtight container.
Divinity Surprise Cookies
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
- 6 ounces mini chocolate chips
- green and red food coloring
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt. Beat until thickened. With the mixer running, gradually add 1/2 cup sugar. Continue adding remaining 1/4 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. All of the sugar may not be needed. Mix in mint extract.
- Remove half of the egg white mixture to another bowl. Add a few drops of green food coloring into one bowl and red food coloring into the other bowl. Fold each gently to combine. Fold in half of the chocolate chips into each mixture.
- Using a small scoop, drop mounds of mixture on parchment-lined baking sheets. Place cookies in the oven and turn the oven off. Remove from the oven after 8 hours. Store in an airtight container.
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