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Meringue cookies are naturally fat- and gluten-free. Stiff meringue can also be piped into shapes, like these Christmas Tree meringue cookies.
It's the final day of Christmas Cookies Week! I hope you've gotten a few ideas for your Christmas cookie baking, both here and from the other participating bloggers.
These Christmas tree meringue cookies turned out a bit more ... abstract ... than I had been envisioning, most likely because my meringue was not stiff enough. It really needs to be nearly to the point of breaking in order to hold the Christmas tree shape.
But still, they are pretty, and more importantly, they taste fantastic! I added a touch of peppermint extract to mine, but vanilla extract or almond would also taste great.
As with any recipe that involves whipping egg whites, your mixing bowl and beaters must be absolutely clean (no traces of fat or oil) and dry before you begin. Always tap your egg on a flat surface (never the edge of your mixing bowl) to crack it. Because it takes so long to whip egg whites into a very stiff meringue, I highly recommend using a stand mixer rather than a hand mixer.
How do you know if your meringue is stiff enough? When you lift the beater out of the meringue, a peak will form where the beater separated from the mixture. The peak of a stiff meringue will not fall over at the top. If you're looking for a very stiff meringue, you should be able to turn the bowl sideways (or even upside down, briefly) and the meringue won't move.
This isn't a recipe you'll want to double. Meringue requires a long, low bake in order to dry out. The bonus is, because these cookies don't spread, you can fit more on a baking sheet than a typical drop-style cookie.
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- 4 egg whites, from large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract, or vanilla or almond
- Green gel food coloring
- Sprinkle Pop Burgundy Sprinkle Mix
- Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line two baking sheets with Silpat silicone baking mats.
- Place the egg whites in the clean, dry mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until foamy.
- Sprinkle the cream of tartar over the egg whites and continue beating until incorporated.
- Gradually start adding the sugar, and continue beating until all the sugar is mixed in.
- Turn the speed to high and whip until the meringue is very stiff (the peak formed when the beater is raised should not fall over).
- Add the peppermint extract and a few drops of food coloring. Whip until the meringue is evenly colored.
- Fit a piping bag with a large star tip, and fill halfway with the meringue.
- Pipe into tall swirls on the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with SprinklePop mix, including one large ball on top of each mound.
- Bake for 45 minutes.
- Rotate pans 180 degrees, and switch top pan to bottom rack and vice versa.
- Continue baking another 30 minutes, or until the meringue is dry and the cookies peel cleanly from the baking mat.
- Turn off the oven and leave the baking sheets in the oven until completely cool.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 35Sodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 8gSugar: 8g
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