Cookies of the Soul – Chocolate Meringues and the Odd Bunch of Villains

Kelly was working at Hollyland today. It was the biggest theme park in the country let alone the world. People came from miles around to ride the rides and take in the atmosphere. Kelly had wanted to work here since she was five and watched her first Princess Dewdrop movie. After all those years here she was costuming the characters of Hollyland.

Today was a very special day. She had been here for only about two months and her manager was sending her to the backstage of Movieland. That means that she gets to be in the middle of all the costuming action. It was the trailer that was used to costume the stars of the park. She was nervous to see what the actors who played the villains were like, but was very excited about meeting the girls who played the princesses. How good they must have been to be chosen out of all those girls.

When she entered the backstage trailer it was dressed like a mini living room. There were couches and chairs all set up for the character’s comfort. She begun by setting up her costumes for the day and waited. That’s when they came in. Evil and conceited looks on their faces with language like sailors, and valley girl accents….dressed in princess costumes!

The shock on Kelly’s face could not be disguised. Orders were shouted for their princess pink shoes, pointy fingers pointed at other princesses for stealing lipstick and patronizing gossip was filling the room. Howe could girls so pretty have the meanest looking faces? “What are you staring at?” Asked Princess Dewdrop with a deep “I’ve been smoking” voice. Kelly almost laughed but instead pulled her head away in fear of the wrath of her majesty. If these were the princesses than what were the villains like? Her stomach trembled at the thought and she found herself watching the door.

The door opened softly and in floated find faces with dark make-up. Queen McEvil put a container of freshly baked chocolate meringues on the table and immediately offered as many as she would like to Kelly who accepted. Kelly ate when she was confused and confused she was. As the evil queens sat in a circle and started knitting, they discussed the recent episode of Fuzzie (Queen Poisin’s blue point Persian of course) who just had kittens. Fancy Feast was her favorite and Queen Poisin was looking for homes for all the kittens before she had to go on her mission. Evil corsets holding kind hearts and pink dresses holding gossipy brats.

Suddenly a fight broke out in front of the mirrors. Too many pink dresses in front of one mirror spells disaster as Kelly quickly found out. Kelly was now consuming chocolate meringues like popcorn as she watched the show in horror and amazement. Princess Dewdrop has mentioned she was a size four, which implied that Princess Angelwing was a size five, which was absolutely ridiculous to Princess Angelwing. At this point Angelwing socked her one in the chin and all hell broke loose. As the other princesses cheered on the fight, Witch Borden began to calm them down and separate them insisting that life was too short to be fighting.

At this point Kelly remembered something her mother had always told her, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Well apparently you couldn’t judge a storybook by its cover either. It was all twisted around. Her childhood ideals had been dashed and there was nothing to do but to watch. She learned that day that sometimes the guy in black is good and sometimes the white is most definitely evil.

“Chocolate Meringues”*

Ingredients: ¼ cup of sugar, ¼ cup of Splenda, 1/8 tsp of salt, 2/3 cup of confectioners’ sugar, 4 large egg whites, and 2 tbs of unsweetened cocoa powder.

1) Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees. Line two cookies with parchment paper.

2) Mix the sugar, Splenda, cocoa, and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl. Beat the egg whites and salt in a bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft beaks form. With the mixer at high speed, gradually add half the sugar mixture, beating until stiff, glossy peaks form. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the remaining sugar mixture.

3) Fit a freezer bag with a star tip. Fill the bag, twist the opening tightly closed and squeeze out small stars, spacing 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets.

4) Bake for about 40 minutes, the meringue should be stiff to the touch. Turn off the oven. Leave the cookies in the oven for 30 minutes. Using the parchment paper as handles, lift the meringues onto a rack. Peel off the paper and let cool.

5) Enjoy the light fluffiness of this non-confusing cookie.

* Base of recipe from Cookies and then I molded it from there.