[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

I'd like to say that I go roaring into the new year, set on resolutions to give up coffee, sugar, and other things that you're supposed to give up on Jan 1. I don't (and frankly wouldn't want to) but it is nice to pause and lighten things up.

Meringues are my favorite "light" dessert. And light they areā€”like puffs of air turned into slightly crisp sugar clouds. Though they can't support many add-ins, they happily absorb some instant espresso powder. I've found that it adds just the right amount of coffee flavor, which is heightened by the sugar. The sugar also takes away any bitterness the espresso might have, and makes these taste just like chocolatey, sweet coffee.

So for those of us who need a little break from heavy sweets, these cookies are a nice way to have a touch of dessert without feeling weighed down. And heck, the coffee might just spur you on.

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About the author: Carrie Vasios is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios

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