Recipe by KATHY
"These are very good, light and airy. The colors are great for the holidays."
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cream of tartar
peppermint candy canes, crushed
Let me save you the headache of making the mistake I did... I have never made meringue before, and I thought, "How could 2 egg whites possible make 48???" So I doubled the recipe. I never did get "stiff peaks" so I dumped and started over, this time following the recipe...mostly. I didn't have candycanes, so I used peppermint extract and green food coloring. I followed one other poster's advice and used a ziploc baggie with a corner cut out to pipe out perfect little hershey's kiss sized meringues. I got at least 48! I found that after cooking for the 1.5 hrs, I only had to let them sit in there for about an hour more, and they were perfectly done. Very easy, no fat, probably could be done with splenda to be low cal as well.
I have made meringues a few times and this is the worst of the bunch. It taste like crusty toothpaste. Even my kids would not touch them- and they eat anything. I made mine just slightly bigger than a hershey kiss and this batch only made 22 NOT 48! There are much better recipes out there. Save your time
This is a great recipe, but I just had to clarify one of the suggestions made by another reviewer. Meringue CANNOT be made with Splenda. It won't set correctly and will be a waste of your time, promise.
Very easy to make, and turned out perfect! Next time I might add a drop of peppermint extract to the egg whites. By adding a little food coloring, you can make these year-round (green for St. Patrick's Day, red for Valentine's Day, etc.) Instead of lining the cookie sheets with foil, I used parchment paper with great results. A regular meringue cookie maker told me to never make meringues on a humid or rainy day because they will flop. You may want to keep this in mind when making them. I'll be making these again. They were impressive, yet so simple (and inexpensive) to make!!! Great for low-fat dieters also!!
THESE MERINGUES ARE VERY GOOD. DID MAKE WITH 8 EGG YOLKS AND 2 CUPS OF SUGAR. CUT THE SUGAR IN HALF AND USED "SPLENDA - MEASURES THE SAME AS SUGAR" FOR THE OTHER HALF. CUTS WAY DOWN ON THE CALORIES. YOU CAN ADD ANY TYPE OF EXTRACT, VANILLA, MAPLE, ETC...OR EVEN COCOA POWDER TO THESE TO CHANGE THE FLAVOR, BUT REMEMBER TO ADD ALITTLE EXTRA SUGAR IF ADDING THE EXTRACT TO KEEP UP THE CONSISTENCY OF THE MERINGUES. THE MORE SUGAR THAT YOU ADD THE CRISPIER THEY BECOME. ALSO YOU CAN SPINKLE THESE WITH COLORED SUGAR, CINNAMON AND SUGAR, OR EVEN FLAVORED JELLO (ALSO YOU CAN PUT JELLO IN THEM FOR FRUIT FLAVORED MERINGUES) FOR FUN COLORS AND TASTE, ADD MINI CHOCOLATE CHIPS, KIDS LOVE THEM. ALLOW TO BAKE FOR THE FULL 90 MINUTES AND THEM SHUT THE OVEN OFF AND LEAVE IN OVEN FOR ANOTHER HOUR. IF COOKING MORE THAN ONE TRAY ADD ABOUT 10 MINUTES COOKING TIME FOR EACH TRAY AND ROTATE TRAYS 1/2 WAY THROUGH COOKING. THIS HELPS FOR ALL THE MOISTURE TO BE EVAPORATED. MERINGUES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE CRISP ALL THE WAY THROUGH, NOT CHEWY IN THE CENTER. CAN PIPE THESE THROUGH A PASTRY PAG WITH LARGE DECORATIVE TIP TO MAKE FANCY MERINGUES. BEST TO BAKE ON PARCHMENT PAPER.
This was a fast and easy recipe. If you do want to add peppermint extract, only 1/2 tea. is needed. any more makes the egg whites fall. Trust me. It took me 2 times to get it right.
As a long time meringue maker and daughter of professional bakers, let me share a few tips. First of all, check your oven temperature. Put a thermometer in your oven and see if it's running hotter than your set temp. Never put meringues on foil, always use parchment paper. They slide right off. Never, ever let any egg yolk get into your egg whites. They will not stiffen properly if even the smallest amount of egg yolk gets into your egg whites. Make sure you add the sugar slowly, beating well in between each addition. Don't try to beat egg whites by hand, always use a mixer. You need that extra speed and the air that gets into your whites with a mixer. Using a whisk will not achieve that result and a mixer is so much easier and quicker, too. Bring your eggs to room temp before trying to beat them. It just works better. Adjust the baking time based on the size of your meringues. Never take the meringues out until they're completely cool. Once they're cool, humidity shouldn't affect them at all. Meringues are so versatile and you can play with the flavors which makes them so much fun to make. They're really one of the easiest cookies you can make but you do have to be careful and you do have to follow the directions or they will be a flop.
These are delicous and so pretty! I made the first batch as it stated, then made one batch with about 1 tsp. of peppermint extract. You have to fold it in after everything else is done. I tried to add it when I was whipping the egg whites and it fell.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/48 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 48
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 0
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