Monday, December 20, 2010

Meringue Cookies

These cookies are beautiful and remind me of winter; snow white and crisp. Meringues are probably one of the easiest cookies to make and require only about three ingredients. I made these meringue cookies the night before a holiday party. I would consider these cookies to be a holiday staple, they seem complicated and fancy but are almost effortless. Plus they melt in your mouth.

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Meringue Swirl Cookies 

5 egg whites
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cream of tarter
Plastic freezer bag

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Beat egg whites in clean, dry mixer until soft peaks form. Add sugar, vanilla and cream of tarter and beat until stiff peaks form. Snip the corner off of the freezer bag and fill with egg white mixture. Grease a cookie sheet and pipe the egg whites into swirls. Bake for one hour (makes about two dozen small cookies).

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I made peppermint cookies too, by substituting the vanilla for 1/2 tablespoon peppermint extract. I also used edible pearls to decorate the cookies before I baked them, but crushed candy canes, sprinkles or raw sugar would also be pretty.

Lest you think my meringue experience was perfect, I attempted, as usual, to make one batch sugar-free. Unfortunately, they did not do so well.This was only after 15 minutes. Not good.

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I have made sugar-free meringue cookies with Splenda before and it worked pretty well. This time I wanted to use a natural sweetener but I think Stevia weighed the egg whites down...

Cooking is a beautiful process, you learn mostly by doing and trying things out. I think that's a lot like life sometimes.

Have a sweet Christmas.
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