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Holiday Meringue Cookies

I’m not sure why the word meringue strikes terror in the hearts of so many, but it really is one of the easiest things to make. I love this recipe for meringue that I got from an elderly neighbor of mine. She said it is totally weep-proof. I have never had it weep on me, even in the Kansas humidity.

I have never seen this Valentine’s Day recipe anyplace else. I hope it works as well for you! One quick tip on meringue — Always make sure your bowl and beaters are grease free. Also begin with your eggs at room temperature.

Ingredients

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1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 Tbsp. cold water
1/2 cup boiling water
3 egg whites
6 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Food coloring

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 225°.
  2. Line 2 large baking sheets with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a saucepan, mix cornstarch with water.
  4. Add boiling water and cook until thick on medium heat.
  5. Set aside to cool.
  6. Beat egg whites to soft peaks.
  7. Add cornstarch mixture and beat until stiff.
  8. Add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until all of it is incorporated.
  9. Add vanilla and food coloring.
  10. Drop onto baking sheets by heaping teaspoonfuls.
  11. Bake 45 minutes.

Notes

You can divide the meringue if you like and use different food colors for different occasions – (the neon colors are great) different shades of pastel for Easter, red for Valentine’s Day, red and blue for the 4th of July, etc.

You could also stir in some mini chocolate chips before baking.

You can use this meringue for a pie, too.

To cut a meringue pie cleanly, butter both sides of the knife.