Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Tree Meringues

For our tree trimming dinner, I usually try to make a dessert that I haven't made before and that compliments our tree theme.  However, this year none was sounding particularly good to me as we had just finished up Thanksgiving.  The thought of having more sweets in the house and, frankly, putting effort into a labor intensive cake was not sitting well with me.

Enter these darling little meringues!  They were just sweet enough to hit the spot but not at all heavy. Plus, the time spent making them was minimal!  The only catch is that they need about four hours from start to finish to be ready to eat so that is something to plan for.  I will definitely be making these again as they are just so darling and tasty!

Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies

4 egg whites at room temperature
1 cup sugar
pinch of cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
green food coloring (I used gel)
sprinkles of choice

1.  Heat oven to 200 degree. Place egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in the bowl of your stand mixer. Boil water in a sauce pan and place bowl on the pan to heat up.  Whisk until sugar dissolves and there are no more sugar granules visible.  Remove from heat and whisk in extract.

2.  Using the whisk attachment on your mixer, mix on medium speed until egg whites become bright white but are still soft and a little runny.  Add in food color until you get your desired color.  Continue to beat until stiff peaks form.

3.  Using a piping bag with a large star tip, pipe cookies onto baking sheet lined with a silpat mat or parchment paper.  Sprinkle with whatever sprinkles you are using.

4.  Cook for 2 hours.  After 2 hours, turn off oven and open the oven door slightly, and let sit for an additional 2 hours.

I didn't have any star sprinkles so I used a heart for the top.  To "glue" the heart on I mixed a little water with powdered sugar to make a tiny bit of icing.  However, I'm wondering if you couldn't just stick the heart/star on before it cooked?

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