Merry Monday! | 12.9.13

12.9.13

Today, we are going to share with you the cookie of the day from the Williams-Sonoma blog. For today, the cookie is the decadent meringues!

meringues

Meringues are bits of baked cream of sorts. They are delicate and light, and perfect for cookie exchanges. With meringues for the holiday, you can add crushed peppermint pieces or coconut before baking. And these lovely treats make for a great after dinner treat, or a great passing item for a holiday party. Try this recipe to wow your holiday guests.

Meringues

4 egg whites

1 pinch salt

1/8 tsp. cream of tartar

3/4 cup superfine sugar, plus more for sprinkling

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, combine egg whites, salt and cream of tartar and whip on medium speed until egg whites are opaque and just holding their shape. Increase speed to medium-high and add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. When egg whites form stiff, glossy peaks, whip in vanilla extract.

To shape each meringue, scoop 2 tablespoons of whipped egg whites onto prepared baking sheets. Bake until crisp but not colored, about 30 minutes. Turn off oven and let cool completely in oven.

To serve, arrange meringues on a platter and sprinkle with sugar. Serves 4-6.

This is a great recipe to share with others or pass down as a family tradition. Try making it with friends or kids. For holiday sharing, use a decorative tin or eve a Mason jar with a colorful ribbon. These make great gifts and after dinner snacks. Share with friends and family and have a happy holiday.

Be Merry!

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