I’ve always loved the way Meringues melt in your mouth and are as light as air, but I’ve always thought they would be so hard to make. Anything that light and fluffy must be hard to make, right? WRONG! When I looked up the recipe, I literally (literally) laughed out loud. There are 4 ingredients. FOUR! God, I love a good, easy recipe.
These are perfect for any kind of Easter festivity you might have coming up in the next few weeks (if you celebrate). They are very simple and quick to make and they make TONS of little bite sized cookies, which is perfect for those family gatherings! Also, you can make them into cute pastel colors with just a little bit of food coloring!
You will need:
- 3 egg whites ROOM TEMPERATURE (from 3 large eggs)
- 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp. of cream of tartar
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- food coloring (optional)
Let’s do this:
- Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees F (95 C).
- In a bowl, whisk the three room temperature egg whites together at a medium speed until frothy.
- Add the cream tartar to the egg whites and continue whisking.
- Slowly add in the sugar while continuing to whisk the egg whites.
- Add in the vanilla and whisk until egg whites for stiff peaks
- Add food coloring if desired.
- Cut a small hole in the tip of a pastry bag or in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag and transfer the meringue to bag. Pipe 1.5 inch diameter cookies 2 inches apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets (honestly I forgot the parchment paper and they turned out fine, but for ease of removal, the paper is your friend)
- Bake cookies at the low heat for 45 minutes to an hour.
- Let cool and enjoy.
These cookies honestly surprised even me when they came out almost perfect. I was sure I’d screwed up somehow and didn’t whisk enough. I’ve clearly found my calling and that’s to drop out of nursing school and just make meringue cookies for the rest of my life (just kidding, I’m just super happy they turned out to be edible). My little brother told me they tasted like cotton candy and my dad told me they looked like packing peanuts so I’m not sure but I’m going to take these both as complements.
Either way, they are a great little treat, although beware, they are so light and fluffy you can eat 15 of them and feel like you haven’t eaten any, which is very dangerous when it comes to surgery things. I propose keeping a tally of dashes in sharpie on your arm to determine how many you’ve had…or you could just be a normal human with some semblance of self control, unlike me.
With that said–have fun, be safe, and learn something!