Yes, I know what they look like. :/
Incidentally, one good thing about such a simple cookie is that they are low-fat and so you don't have to feel too bad indulging.
Mini-Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies
1/2 cup sugar, preferably superfine. If you don't have superfine or can't find it, try pulsing the sugar in a food processor for a few seconds.
3 egg whites, at room temp.
Pinch cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup mini-chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Using the whisk attachment on a handheld or stand mixer, begin beating the egg whites on medium-low speed until foamy. This will start to unravel the proteins so air can be captured in the whites. Once foamy, add the salt and cream of tartar and raise the speed to medium high, beating until firm peaks form. Continue beating, slowly adding the sugar in a steady stream, taking a minute or two, then add the vanilla.
See how cleanly they come off? If they weren't done, they would stick.
1) Meringues are finicky around moisture, so don't make on wet or humid days. If you must, plan on airing them out after the first hour, at 175 degrees, for up to 30 minutes until dry. Even then, serve quickly, because the meringue will pull moisture from the air and become chewy.
2) Your egg whites must be at room temperature or they won't beat properly. This is contrary to what you might already know about cream, which must be whipped while cold. Aged egg whites whip better than fresh. How to age an egg white? Separate your eggs and leave the whites, in a covered container, on the counter overnight.
3)I like to whip my egg whites until soft peaks form, then finish them off with hand whisking. This lets me avoid the problem of over beaten egg whites (which aren't good for anything).
4) Play around with your own additions. Mini chips are great, but also try nuts or dried fruit. Or, try filling the cookies with curd, jam or cream after they are baked and cooled.
5) Store cookies in a tightly covered container to avoid moisture issues.