Recipe of the Week - Cocoa-Almond Meringue Cookies

These light, tasty cookies are only 26 calories apiece, making them the perfect sweet treat if you're watching your waistline. Wrap up a batch in a festive box and you'll have an easy, homemade holiday surprise.

4 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon Spice Island® Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon baking cocoa, divided

Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add the extracts, cream of tartar and salt; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved.

Fold in 1/4 cup cocoa. Place mixture in a pastry or heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in the corner of bag. Pipe meringue in 2-in. circles onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 250° for 50-60 minutes or until set and dry. Turn off oven; leave cookies in oven for 1-1/2 hours.

Dust cookies with remaining cocoa. Carefully remove from parchment paper. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 36 servings (3 dozen cookies). Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min., plus standing.