Total TimePrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
Makesabout 2 dozen
This was a fun recipe to make with my daughter this summer. They taste sweet and chewy, just like cotton candy. We added a few drops of pink food coloring and flavored ours with a couple drops of strawberry kiwi oil.
I doubled the recipe and added a 3 oz box of strawberry jello with 1 cup of sugar. I also decreased the cooking time to 12 minutes because I made them smaller (tablespoon) and decrease the oven time to 40 minutes. No pastry bag needed! Excellent chewy centers and crispy shells. Daughter loves them! Like little balls of cotton candy!
I used peppermint extract instead of vanilla which was tasty, but I think leaving them in the oven for an hour is a little long, they seemed to be too done.
To change this up, I added a good 1 1/2 tablespoons of raspberry jello powder at the point of mixing in the sugar and finished by topping the piped meringue with white decorative coarse sugar before baking. The gelatin mix added a nice flavor and color. (You could use most any flavor) These were light and airy and reminded me of cotton candy.
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Very tasty! So light and airy and crunchy. And very easy to make!