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Meringue Kisses

There's a nice chocolaty surprise inside these sweet kisses. They're my husband's top choice each Christmas.—Tami Henke, Lockport, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    44 cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red and green food coloring, optional
  • 44 milk chocolate kisses
  • Baking cocoa, optional

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Beat egg whites until foamy. Sprinkle with cream of tartar and salt; beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and vanilla, beating until stiff peaks form, about 5-8 minutes. If desired, divide batter in half and fold in red and green food coloring.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 1-1/2-in. apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie and cover it with meringue, using a knife.
  • Bake at 275° for 30-35 minutes or until firm to the touch. Immediately remove to a wire rack to cool. If desired, sprinkle with cocoa. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
2 cookies: 86 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 22mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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