Meringue kisses are so yummy (to me). They are wonderful little treats to give as gifts because they can be transported & stored so easily. The downfall is that they can be quite expensive at the store. Let me tell you how EASY these are to make at home and not only are they easy you can make tons of different flavors! Today I am making peppermint meringues (you know….since it’s the holiday season.) Aren’t they cute?
Peppermint Meringue Kisses
Adapted from baking.com
(servings will vary – this batch made 48 small meringue kisses for me)
3 large egg whites
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
¾ cup of granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
Red gel-paste food coloring
- Preheat oven to 200F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. Set aside. Fit a pastry bag or ziplock bag with an open star tip. Set aside.
- 2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium-low speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue beating the whites until they hold soft peaks. Add the sugar gradually and continue to beat until the meringue holds very stiff peaks. Beat in peppermint extract. I placed a few good sized drops of gel color in the mixture and did NOT MIX. It will create a swirl once you start piping onto the baking sheet.
- Pipe small (3/4-inch high) star shapes onto prepared baking sheets. Refill bag as necessary. Bake cookies, rotating halfway through, until crisp but not brown, about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. Let cool completely on wire racks. Store cookies in an airtight container