I've made meringues using this recipe 3 times now. They always come out perfect! My rating is based off of the first 2 times I made them, which is by the exact directions. This third time, I did add a little cream of tartar because I feel like I was having a stiffening problem because of the vanilla extract I added. So the rating is based on the recipe, the review is to tell you how I made them better (of course; it wouldn't be allrecipes.com if someone wasn't putting their 2 cents in!) I eyeballed the ingredients I added, so don't take it too literally. I added: 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp cream of tartar, an extra 1-2 TBSP confectioner's sugar. Once I had stiff peaks, I folded in 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, and 8 miniature candy canes; crushed (add 2/3 of the candy canes to the mixture, save last 1/3 to sprinkle on top). Let me tell you: THESE are the best meringues I've ever had! But you may want to play with the cooking times and temp if you make it this way. Even leaving the oven door ajar, I had some that cracked... I think this way because of the candy canes--because they got so hot, they started bubbling. Bubbling candy canes look neat and are fun to pop.. but not very visually appealing on top of the cookie LOL. But, seriously, try it out. This version is going to be a definite repeat every Christmas.
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I've made meringues using this recipe 3 times now. They always come out perfect! My rating is...