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Holiday Meringue Miniatures

My kids love these light, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, and have fun making them. These were always on our Christmas cookie plate when I was a kid, and now the tradition continues. —Susan Marshall, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    about 7 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Red gel food coloring

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 225°. Beat egg whites with vinegar and salt on medium speed until foamy and doubled in volume. Beat in extracts. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form (this may take 10 minutes).
  • Insert a 1/2-inch round tip into a pastry bag. Paint 5 stripes of red food coloring inside the length of the pastry bag. Transfer meringue to pastry bag; pipe dollops 1 inch apart onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Bake 1 hour until set and dry. Turn off oven (do not open oven door); leave meringues in oven 1 hour. Remove and cool completely on baking sheets. Remove meringues from paper; store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Feel free to mix up the extracts and food coloring.
  • These would be amazing as a cake topper piled on top.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 meringue: 5 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 19mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 free food.
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    • Lannacake
      Oct 29, 2019

      I've used this same recipe for over 30 years, but instead of almond and vanilla extracts, I use 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract. Then I use a star tip and pipe candy cane shapes. Great addition to a cookie tray, light enough to set on top of other cookies too.