“You idiot!” said King Michael, the ruler of the Continentals. In a fit of rage, he threw his scepter at his chancellor. It hit the chancellor in the arm.
“Why didn’t you wake me? How could you let Penelope go?!” he shouted.
“Your majesty,” the chancellor began, holding his bleeding arm. “Your majesty, I beg you, please forgive me. I only thought of the political implications of the Islanders obtaining Lulu. Perhaps if each side had one champion it would finally bring real peace to this world.”
King Michael frowned. “We have real peace. The yearly cooking and baking contests replaced real wars thousands of years ago. What are you talking about?”
The chancellor replied, “But Penelope and Lulu have won the contests since they were teenagers, over 10 years ago. The Islanders have become restless. What about the pirate attacks in the southern ports?”
“Isolated incidents! King Lee assured me that the pirates would be found and dealt with,” replied King Michael.
“Well, how do you explain the note then?” asked the chancellor.
“Fine, you may be right,” the King conceded. “But it still doesn’t excuse your idiocy. If the Islanders have one champion, fine. Lulu’s almost more trouble than she’s worth. But the Islander’s can’t have both and that’s what you’ve done. Find Penelope and bring her back!” he shouted.
To mollify his anger, the king ordered his butler to bring him a plate of Penelope’s latest cookies – Chocolate Kiss Cookies. Here is the recipe.
This is a gluten free meringue cookie which is quite “liquidy” when placed on the baking sheet. I baked both the chocolate chip kiss cookie and the chocolate chip coconut kiss cookie and they both tasted very good.
1) 2 egg whites
2) 1/8 teaspoon salt
3) 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
4) 3/4 cup sugar
5) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6) 6 ounces chocolate chips (1/2 bag) – The book calls for 4 ounces of chocolate either a bar or pieces, but it’s easier to use 6 ounces because that’s 1/2 a bag of chocolate chips. And I guess by pieces they mean chips.
7) 1/2 cup walnut meats (optional in my opinion)
8) 3/4 shredded coconut (variation)
Preparation and Baking
1) Turn the oven on to 300 degrees.
2) Crack two eggs in a bowl and beat them with a hand mixer or stand mixer until they’re foamy
3) Add the salt and cream of tartar.
4) Continue beating the mixture until the eggs are stiff but not dry (this make take a little bit depending on what speed you have your mixer on)
5) Add the sugar, two tablespoons at a time, making sure to beat the sugar into the mixture thoroughly each time.
6) Add the chocolate chips, vanilla, walnut meats (optional), and shredded coconut (optional), using a rubber spatula, folding them into the dough.
7) Take a teaspoon and drop a teaspoonful of dough (quite runny just fyi) onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
8) Bake for 25 minutes.