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Chocolate-Orange Cover Meringue with Pistachio

These cookies are dramatically elegant and unusually delicious. The airy, sweet, and crispy cocoa-flavored merengue puff contains a fudged orange chocolate counterpoint at its pistachio-coated center.

Chocolate-Orange Cover Meringue with Pistachio

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  • You will need:
  • 2 cookie sheets lined with a parchment
  • pastry bag
  • number 6B (1/2-inch diameter) large star pastry tube
  • 1 cup (115 grams) powdered sugar, lightly spooned into the cup
  • 2 Tbsp. (12 grams) unsweetened cocoa (preferably Dutch-processed)
  • 4 large egg whites (120 grams) at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 Tbsp. + 1/2 cup (113grams) superfine sugar 
  • 3 oz (85 grams) Semisweet Dark Chocolate (62% Cacao)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp orange zest, from 1/2 orange
  • 3-4 Tbsp. shelled unsalted pistachio nuts, crushed



To make the cocoa meringue, please follow the recipe here.


To make a chocolate fudge topping; break the chocolate into squares and place them, together with the butter, in the top of a double boiler set over very hot water. The water must not simmer or touch the bottom of the double-boiler insert. Stir occasionally until the chocolate is entirely melted. Add the orange zest. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.


When the meringue puffs are completely cool, spoon the chocolate fudge mixture on top of each cookie. Coat the chocolate tops with pistachio.

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  • Reply
    December 19, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Can I get these for Christmas? 😀 they look elegant and really nice.

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    December 19, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Perfect! I am more interested in that painting(?) on the second photo from the top (to the left). Did you do it? It is beautiful!

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    Kathy inozarks
    December 19, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    these cookies are gorgeous-thanks for sharing

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    December 20, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Marina, it's a cover for a gift box. Perfect for the holidays. Thank you!

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    Rowena Dumlao-Giardina
    December 22, 2012 at 1:28 am

    They look so good Yelena! I loved the combination of flavors here!

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    Spicie Foodie
    December 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I've never seen meringue look so good, elegant and pretty. Thanks for sharing Yelena and Merry Christmas!

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    Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings
    December 23, 2012 at 4:25 am

    They are truly dramatically elegant! Meringues are actually pretty easy to make, contrary to popular belief! Meringue lovers should try this recipe – I know I will!

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