Meringue Kisses (and Trees)

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These little meringues are the perfect treat!  You can add them to cookie trays, charcuterie boards, or dessert tables.  The possibilites are endless:).  With just a few simple steps (and ingredients), you will have a dainty delicacy that will please everyone!!

Ingredients:

  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (superfine if possible) (200 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract 

Instructions:

Line baking sheets with nonstick parchment (set aside).

Preheat oven to 220 degrees F.

Beat the egg whites on low until slightly frothy.  Increase mixer speed to medium and add the cream of tartar.  Beat until soft peaks form.  With mixer on high speed, begin adding sugar one tablespoon at a time.  Don’t rush this process.  It’s should take between 8-10 minutes. 

After mixing in all the sugar, rub a small amount between your fingers to make sure the sugar has fully desolved.  Add extracts and beat until stiff peaks have formed.

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Using a small brush and red gel food coloring, stripe a piping bag fitted with a large star tip.  Fill the bag with meringue and with gentle pressure, squeeze the bag and pull up.  Continue until the bag is empty.

You can divide the meringue and use half to make trees.  Simply add the meringue (colored with green food gel) to a piping bag fitted with a large circle.  Squeeze with pressure and decrease as you get closer to the top of the tree.

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Add sprinkles!

Bake in 220 degree F oven for 90 minutes.  After the meringues have baked, turn the oven off and leave them in the oven with the door propped open (I use a wooden spoon).

Remove from oven and cool completely.

I like to dip the bottom of the trees in melted chocolate (optional).  Enjoy!!

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I hope you make these cute and tasty delights.  If you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbmimi.  I would like to hear from you and see your photos!