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Monday, December 13, 2010

Peppermint Meringues

I was in Hawaii when all the food blogs had cookie week, so I've been having my own the past few days!  I started out with a simple, but so delicious recipe from my Auntie. 

These are so easy to make with kids!  And they stand out in a cookie exchange.  A lot of people are intimidated by making meringue, but don't be.  Have your kids smash the peppermint candy canes in a bag, and they can even do the work of holding the mixer for you.  Let them practice cracking eggs, and sprinkling the candy bits on top.  SO easy, and SOOO yummy!

Makes 3 dozen.  Allow total time of 3 hours until ready to eat, but prep time is only about 20 minutes.

2 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar
2 peppermint candy canes, crushed


In a bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Sprinkle with salt and cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased foil or paper-lined baking sheets; sprinkle with the crushed candy. Bake at 225° for 1-1/2 hours. Turn off heat; leave cookies in the oven with the door ajar for at least 1 hour or until cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3 dozen.