Updated: Jul 9
If you’re reading this post, I am going to guess you want the best of both worlds. You want to get into great shape for summer but yet you are craving something sweet. However, you don’t want to indulge too much because cake, cupcakes, and ice cream may just kill all the effort you put in the gym. Feel the pain.
The one great thing about living in Florida…you always got to have the summer body because literally winter weather lasts a month to two months. All of a sudden BAM…you are back into warm weather. This past winter is what I experienced, and currently still losing some of that weight. Not to mention, you try not to have too much sugar because your cellulite-ridden legs show in March instead of June. But...with this recipe, you have a few and you feel satisfied and do not feel the need to over indulge.
Here are the ingredients to make low-fat Meringue cookies:
• 5 ounces of egg whites, which is equivalent to 4 large eggs
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
• 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
• Pinch of salt
• 10 ounces of superfine sugar
My Rating: So this recipe for taste gets an 8/10, I mean it is a simple recipe that can satisfy any sweet tooth. For actually making this recipe, I give it a 2/10. So fair warning, 225 is the temperature you are supposed to bake the cookies. For some reason, my oven either is too cold at that temperature, but I cooked my cookies at 225 and they were still raw. I recooked them at 250 for 30 more minutes and they were progressing. I added another 20 minutes at 250 to see what shall occur. Honestly, this recipe looked super easy but with this added time, I cannot tell what is accurate time for making these cookies. Again, lucky for me, I was in quarantine when making these cookies. If you want to make these cookies, I would not recommend it if you are in a time crunch.
Shayne’s rating: He rated these cookies 5/10. Shayne liked how soft the cookie was in the center but that was about it. He felt like it tasted like straight sugar. Which means the cookie is doing its’ job. Suffices the sugar cravings.
This recipe has one of the cheapest ingredient costs yet again. I love how there can be low ingredient cost. Mainly, I only had to buy the eggs, not an easy find thanks to COVID-19. The sugar and spices are ingredients that I already have in my kitchen. I take all the savings I can. Having ingredients ready to use, saves me time as well. Which we already feel like we don’t have enough of that in a day. The best part was I was able to make at least 30 cookies so can go halfsies with my husband.
Below is the breakdown of the ingredients:
• 5 ounces of egg whites, which is equivalent to 4 large eggs- $6.96 (for 30 eggs) from Publix
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
• 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar-$1.98
• Pinch of salt- already had the salt
• 10 ounces of superfine sugar- already had the sugar.
I bought my eggs at Publix, Walmart has been out of their 60 count box for over a week now. YAY COVID SHOPPING. Of course while getting these eggs, I used all my cash back applications I could to get some money back. In addition, to the ingredients already stashed in my small, apartment cupboard. And when I say small, I mean small. Like honestly, huge ideas I have for my future kitchen just for that reason alone.
The Cash Back Application Gains
I got my staple, millennial cash back applications handy on my phone. Try to gain some money back for doing everyday grocery shopping.
With Ibotta, getting money back is a hit or miss. You have to have specific items or you have to have generic products to earn money back. I earned 0.10 back on ice cream and tequila though, so it was not a total loss!
For Fetch Rewards, I earned 50 points just by scanning my receipt, no extra bonuses for items on this recipe. I earned extra points by buying Lay’s Jalapeño kettle-cooked chips for my fiancé as a study snack.
For Shopkick: Call me blond, but I actually forgot to activate my location to get my kicks :( though if I did, I would have earned 25 kicks to trip.
For Coinout, I earned 15 cents on this receipt. One of the largest amounts I have ever gotten. I will take that win after searching for ingredients crazily.
I love the fact that I got earn cash back from this shopping trip and I have a low-fat dessert for me. However, the struggle to make these cookies reminds me of how it is when you are starting out on a diet.
You want all the things you are not supposed to have because you want to start off strong. You don’t want to have pizza within your first week. Or second week. It becomes an all or nothing mentality. But why does it have to be?
I mean in the beginning sure, but as you go throughout your journey, you have to have some moderation enable to go about everyday life. Now granted, you should not reach for that chocolate chip cookie every single time. But if you have a cookie, you should enjoy it for what it is. Though if you are starting out on a journey, I would recommend this cookie above all else. It is less in calories and after eating a few, your sugar cravings are filled! There is some guiltless eating while trying to live a healthy lifestyle.