Saturday, June 9, 2012
For Your Wedding or Shower
These meringue cookies are not only dreamy to behold; they really are melt in your mouth delish! Fat-free too! I think they would be perfect as wedding favors or shower favors.
I was surprised at how easy it is to make. Much easier than candy! They key is to make these on a day when the air is dry because humidity affects meringue.
Meringue Cookies: Wedding Favors
4 large egg whites
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
½ c. (3 ½ oz.) granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract (or the extract of your choice)
Sparkling sugar crystals
Preheat the oven to 250.
Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two large baking sheets.
In a large bowl, beat the egg whites till foamy.
Stir in the salt and cream of tartar. Add the sugar gradually, continuing to beat, until the meringue is thick and glossy, and forms stiff peaks.
Stir in the vanilla or other flavoring at the end. (I beat mine again because it thinned out a bit.)
Place meringue in a piping back and pipe the meringue onto parchment lined baking sheet.
Sprinkle each with sparkling sugar crystals.
Bake for 1 hour, then turn off the oven and let the cookies cool in the unopened oven for two hours (don’t peek!).
Yield about 30 meringues.