‘Tis the season for cookies! What is it about the holidays and cookies? We eat them all year but eating cookies with a glass of milk at Christmastime is extra special. And sharing them with loved ones? Precious.
Old Christmas traditions
I always say Christmas in the Philippines is pretty hard to beat. The unofficial Christmas season starts in September and you have to be a major scrooge not to get caught up in it.
Then on Christmas Eve, families would attend midnight mass and, with the whole community, countdown to Christmas together. Noche Buena follows where all your favourite things are on the table; it’s really a sight to behold.
So when I moved to Canada, my first Christmas here was…different. Truth was, I’ve never felt farther away from home. It’s gotten better though. And a lot of it has to do with all the new traditions we started to make Christmas here our own.
New Christmas traditions
Like our own little Christmas countdown. Not as exciting or as festive as the one back home but just as special. I would love to say we sit by the fire but seeing that we live in a condo we just sit on our sofa (LOL!), listen to holiday music and wait for midnight.
And unlike the countdown on NYE where Champagne is flowing and fancy hors d’oeuvres are passed around though, our Christmas countdown is more relaxed, more muted.
It usually consists of what I baked that day and good old Canadian milk (big shoutout to Dairy Farmers of Canada for working hard to make Canadian milk exceptional. Find out more about them here.)
A glass for Santa
Speaking of milk, the holidays add a special sparkle to milk too, eh? We consume a lot of milk everyday with our breakfast or after we workout but around Christmastime, milk becomes this magical drink prepared just for Santa. Check out this adorable video and you’ll see what I mean! It will brighten up your day, I promise.
Double chocolate meringue cookies
This year, our little Christmas cookie countdown will consist of milk and these scrumptious double chocolate meringue cookies. The cookies are light, crisp on the outside, and nice and chewy on the inside.
They are bursting with chocolate flavour. Double the chocolate flavour in fact! This recipe makes a big batch (about 36 cookies) so there’s enough for everyone.
Because let’s remember that the holidays are all about sharing too. The gifts and the lights and the songs are nice but at the end of the day, it’s about spending time with the people you love. And sharing milk and cookies with them.
Double Chocolate Meringue Cookies
- 5 egg whites room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3.5 oz semi-sweet chocolate chopped
- Preheat oven to 250F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk 5 egg whites, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar and a pinch of salt on medium speed until soft peaks (6-8 minutes).
- Switch to low speed and very slowly (I do it one teaspoon at a time) add the 1 cup of sugar until your meringue is stiff, sticky and glossy (5-6 minutes).
- Sprinkle the cocoa powder on top of the meringue and gently fold until combined. Sprinkle the chopped chocolate on top of that and fold 2-3 times just until the chocolate is spread out (you don't want to fully incorporate, you want to see chunks of chocolate in places).
- Drop meringue onto your prepared pans by the tablespoonful and gently flatten and swirl the top with a spatula or the back of a spoon.
- Bake for 10 minutes (position your pans in the middle of your oven - for me this means placing them in the top and lower third racks) then turn the oven off. Leave the pans in the oven for at least 6 hours or overnight. Do not open the oven door so the meringues can dry properly.
- Remove from the pan and store in an airtight container.
Did you make double chocolate meringue cookies? What’s your favourite cookie to munch on with milk? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.
Here are more ideas on how to incorporate milk throughout the holidays.
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