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It is now possible to make vegan meringue, and you will never guess how! I made these tasty chocolate meringue cookies yesterday -

vegan meringue

And I had some leftover frosting from a cake I made over the weekend, so I obviously couldn't resist putting the two together -

vegan meringue cookies

You can find more information, and lots of recipe ideas, on the Vegan Meringue Facebook page.

Here's how I made mine: 

Chocolate Meringue Cookies (vegan)

1-1/3 cups garbanzo bean cooking liquid
1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/3 cup chocolate chips

Simmer the bean cooking liquid on the stove, stirring very frequently, until reduced to about 3/4 cup. Chill overnight in the refrigerator.

Pour reduced liquid into a mixing bowl (I used my Kitchenaid stand mixer), leaving behind any sediment that is stuck to the container. Whip on your highest speed setting until stiff peaks form (this took a long time for me - like 15-20 minutes).

Add sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time, mixing well in between each addition. Add cocoa powder, vanilla, and cream of tartar. Continue to whip at high speed until stiff peaks form again (this may take another 15-20 minutes).

Fold in chocolate chips; drop by spoonfuls and bake on parchment lined cookie sheets at 220 degrees for 1.5 hours. When cooking time is up, turn off oven and crack the door, allowing cookies to come slowly to room temperature.

Store in airtight container.

Notes: 

I used homemade bean cooking liquid (and I had added a little salt during cooking); you should be able to use canned as well.

If the amount of bean cooking liquid that you have varies from the amount I've listed, you can adjust the other ingredients proportionally.

Most of the pics in today's post are of existing rings that I re-photographed recently with my succulent collection as an interesting backdrop. I don't have time today to post links to the Etsy listing for each ring, but leave a comment if you want more info and I will dig that up for you!
Chatham alexandrite with recycled sterling silver and recycled 14k yellow gold
Moissanite with recycled 14k palladium white gold
Moissanite with recycled 14k yellow gold
Fair trade pink sapphire with recycled 14k yellow gold
Green moissanite with recycled 18k palladium white gold
Forever Brilliant moissanite with recycled 950 palladium
Forever Brilliant moissanite with recycled 14k white gold
Forever Brilliant moissanite with recycled 18k yellow gold
Forever Brilliant moissanite with recycled 14k rose gold
Forever Brilliant moissanite with recycled 950 palladium
Forever Brilliant moissanite with recycled 14k yellow gold and recycled 950 palladium
Forever Brilliant moissanite with recycled 14k yellow gold and recycled 950 palladium
Forever Brilliant moissanite with recycled 14k rose gold
Forever Brilliant moissanite with recycled 14k rose gold 
Moissanite with recycled 14k yellow gold 
Moissanite with recycled 14k yellow gold 
Moissanite and Chatham sapphire with recycled 14k yellow gold
Fair trade sapphire with recycled 950 palladium
Fair trade sapphire with recycled 14k yellow gold
Fair trade sapphire with recycled 14k yellow gold
Fair trade sapphire with recycled 18k yellow gold
Fair trade sapphire with recycled 14k palladium white gold
Fair trade sapphire with recycled 14k yellow gold
Zultanite with recycled 14k rose gold
Aquamarine with recycled 14k yellow gold
Forever Brilliant moissanite with recycled 14k rose gold
Spessartite garnet with recycled 14k yellow gold
Forever Brilliant moissanite with recycled 14k yellow gold and recycled 950 palladium
Fair trade pink sapphire and moissanite with recycled 14k rose gold
Rose cut colored diamond with recycled 14k rose gold
Forever Brilliant moissanite with recycled 950 palladium
Forever Brilliant moissanite with recycled 950 palladium
Forever Brilliant moissanite with recycled 14k yellow gold and recycled 950 palladium

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