The peace and silence of a Sunday morning is just perfect for an Advent baking session. I take my time to choose a recipe that fits my mood, lay out the ingredients, and I’m filled with a kind of excitement that isn’t much different than what I felt as a child when I used to observe this same ritual with my mother. Years have past and now it’s my own kitchen filled with the beautiful smell of cookies and Christmas cakes, but the magic of this moment touches me just as much.
Although my oven doesn’t see meringue too often, I feel obligated to make these luscious meringue sandwich beauties at least once during the Christmas season. Two delicate drops of espresso meringue, stuck together with the most aromatic bittersweet chocolate ganache, and refined with cardamom and cinnamon are such a sumptuous treat! The whipped egg whites turn into crisp bites which are a perfect contrast to the creamy lusciousness of the dense filling.
This is an adult cookie, and it needs a bit of care and gentle handling, but it’s worth it. There are many festive treats that don’t ask for much attention: a quick, short crust dough, some fancy or nostalgic cookie cutters, and the kitchen turns into a Christmas bakery. My meringue cookie is a little diva though. It demands special treatment, care, and attention, but the result is so amazing that its attitude can be forgiven.
The great thing about the Advent season is that it consists of four weeks of festive baking. Four weekends to choose from traditional family recipes, and experiment with new discoveries and delicious finds from various culture’s culinary cookie collections. Every week, there are new spices to use, new pastries to work with to bring the sweet classics from childhood back to the table. Nuts and seeds, flour, chocolate, spices and icing sugar spread all over the kitchen tops, this is a picture full of memories which makes this time of the year so special to me.
Espresso Meringue Cookies