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Peppermint Meringues

December 18, 2012

On a Christmas baking kick and have leftover egg yolks– perhaps from making cranberry curd shortbread bars?

Might I suggest making peppermint meringues?

I’m not a huge candy cane fan, but I think they add just the right amount of peppermint flavour and look very pretty as well, sprinkled on meringues.   These are quite small cookies, almost more candy than cookie, and fat-free, so it’s pretty easy to find room for some, or to convince your friends/coworkers/family that they should eat a couple.

peppermint meringues

Peppermint Meringues

(makes about 48 small cookies, recipe adapted slightly from Allrecipes)

2 egg whites

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 cup white sugar or evaporated cane juice

1-2 peppermint candy canes, crushed as needed

Preheat oven to 225  °F. Line 2 cookie sheets with foil.  In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar to soft peaks. Gradually add sugar, continuing to beat until whites form stiff peaks.  Spoon into a plastic sandwich bag and snip a corner off, or use a piping bag, and pipe into small mounds on the lined cookie sheets, about 1-inch apart.  Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

Bake for 1 1/2 hours in preheated oven, but do not allow too brown. Turn off oven but leave the meringues in the oven with the door ajar until completely cool. Loosen from foil with metal spatula.

The fresher the eggs, the better!

Meringues + humidity are not a good mix, but I have found putting them in an airtight cookie tin with several of those desiccant packages that come in vitamin bottles seems to do the trick, at least here.  In somewhere like Costa Rica you might be out of luck. ;)

Another meringue recipe that looks good but I haven’t tried making yet, is these Meringue Mushrooms.

Do you like candy canes? Or what’s your favourite Christmas candy?

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2012 9:36 pm

    They look so good I have to try them :)

  2. utopiancrave permalink
    December 18, 2012 9:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Utopian Crave and commented:
    Maybe this new Gluten-Free diet won’t be so torturous this Christmas Break!

  3. December 19, 2012 8:54 am

    Meringues are my favorite cookie. But they are so finnicky with the weather and all. They were impossible to make in Flagstaff and were one of the first things I made when I moved back to the Midwest (in the winter only). I’ve tried to make mint meringues with extract and they always fall.

    I should make some. Or just buy some. They are so easy. But I am so lazy. Oh, the conundrum….

  4. Pamela permalink
    December 20, 2012 9:27 pm

    Did you have some of the Mushroom shaped Meringues here before? They were pretty good. Everyone seemed to enjoy them. I may have to make some tomorrow! The peppermint ones I think I’ll try this time.

  5. blackskimmer1 permalink
    December 23, 2012 12:34 pm

    wow, fresh egg whites made a big difference! instant whip!

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