Rating (from 1 to 10): 2 from me and my fiance; 9 from my stepfather, James
Difficult (from 1 to 5): 4.0
I baked the first cookie recipe in Martha Stewart's Cookies, meringue porcupines, yesterday evening. I was so excited to taste them after all the work that went into making them and my mouth was watering to taste the apricot preserves nestled in between the two meringues. But was disappointed when I did. They looked beautiful but they were so sweet that they made my stomach curl. My fiance and I both felt nauseous all night.
When my stepfather, James, came home from work, I told him that I baked cookies. I warned him that my fiance and I didn't like them, but he wanted to try one anyway. I suggested that he and my mom split one, so they did. My mom really like them and my stepfather LOVED them (he loves sweets). He would choose a slice of cake over a juicy cheeseburger and fries any day. James had so many cookies (the recipe only made a dozen) that my mom had to tell him to stop. He promptly told her that the rest of the cookies were his, and she argued with him to get at least one more.
This morning when I woke up one of the first things I heard was James demanding to know who ate one of his cookies. My mom told him that she ate it with a smile on her face. Guess what he had for breakfast? Two meringue porcupine cookies. I'm glad somebody liked them. I would make them again for James, but I would NEVER make them for myself. Overall, I would recommend them to a person with a strong sweet-tooth.
Tip: I had to cook the meringues 20 minutes longer than the recipe called for, because it took them longer to harden on the outside. If you cook them, don't get discouraged if they take a little longer to bake!