Meringue Cookies

by Kiran on December 10, 2012 · 24 comments

in Baking, Cookies

Hi from across many seas!! From the land where I was born and brought up. From where the memories of childhood seems to linger, timeless.

A home away, with familiarity.

Being offline for a few days now is definitely a mind and body refresher. Everyone ought to be offline every now and then. Technology has definitely taken over our lives.

It’s almost cliche to talk about the weather, but you know what stunts me?

The thick humidity that blankets the atmosphere here simply reminds me of Florida.

Its not a coincidence that I’m currently sporting a “big” hair, the traffic on road is horrendously loud, and the air has a whiff of street foods that I cannot wait to gobble my heart out.

While I enjoy my mom’s cup of masala tea (it’s never the same whenever I make it), here’s a festive meringue cookie recipe for the holidays.

A cookie cannot be simpler than this.

It’s so easy to prepare, but it takes a little patience to bake.

There’s a catch to everything in life. Always be prepared ;)

If you believe patience is virtue, than this cookie recipe is for you. Or add it to your Christmas tree this year — edible ornaments are so underrated.

Though I won’t be able to guarantee how long it would last on your tree.

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Adapted from Joyofbaking

Ingredients:

  • 4 small egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar

Garnish: colorful sugar crystals

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Using a whisk attachment in a stand or hand mixer, add 4 small egg whites and beat on low for a minute or until foamy.
  3. Sprinkle in cream of tartar and beat for a minute.
  4. While mixer is on, gradually add superfine sugar. Increase mixer speed to medium-high and continue to beat until meringue holds very stiff peaks.
  5. Add vanilla extract and beat to incorporate.
  6. Transfer the meringue in a pastry bag fitted with star tip. Pipe meringue in any shapes or size as fast as possible. Sprinkle the top with some colored sugar crystals or nuts.
  7. Bake meringue for approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets to ensure even baking.
  8. The meringues are done when its pale in color and fairly crisp.
  9. Remove meringues to completely cool before transferring into an airtight container. *

*It is ESSENTIAL to store cooled meringues immediately in an airtight container. Otherwise, it will be rendered uneatable.


Let’s talk about your holiday plans. What are you up to this season?

Off to convince my mom to hand over decades of recipe clippings she has, hidden away from me ;)

 

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1 Rosa December 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

So cute and festive! A great idea.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Kathryn December 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM

These are so very pretty!
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3 Glamorous Glutton December 10, 2012 at 5:15 PM

These are very pretty, cute and simple. Thanks for sharing. GG
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4 Kari@Loaves n Dishes December 10, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I live in South FLA, so in the summer my hair is only in a pony tail!
I love meringues, and these little stars are adorable!
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5 Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

These are so, so cute! Love the star shape!
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6 The Squishy Monster December 11, 2012 at 12:57 AM

These are simply too precious! I agree, I was once without a phone for 2 months and it was actually a relief !
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7 Kitchen Belleicious December 11, 2012 at 8:32 AM

oh they are beautiful! Fun and perfect for the holidays!
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8 Choc Chip Uru December 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM

What gorgeous fluffy meringue cookies :)

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
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9 Ashley - Baker by Nature December 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

You must be having a blast on your trip!!! Happy you made time to post these cookies: gorgeous!!
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10 Juliana December 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM

These are so cute…love the way you decorated them.
Have a great week Kiran!
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11 tania@mykitchenstories.com.au December 12, 2012 at 4:36 AM

They look lovely….where are you Mrs Big hair…it sounds wonderful
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12 Deb December 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Simple and lush with holiday fever, what could be better? A great holiday treat!

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13 dishesfrommykitchen December 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM

I loooooove meringue cookies..these looks beautiful with festive look..YUmm

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14 Janine December 13, 2012 at 3:48 AM

love how they look so christmassy with minimum effort! enjoy your holidays :) and i totally get what you mean by the humidity since i stay in the same place ;p
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15 marla December 13, 2012 at 6:36 AM

Such delicate and pretty holiday cookies!

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16 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) December 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I would love to hear what your mom puts in her tea Kiran! These are really pretty and would make a great hostess gift!
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17 Honey What's Cooking December 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

gorgeous photos Kiran. Glad you are having fun in India… land of extremes… love the street food, but can’t handle all the noise and traffic. Ugh! Yes, work on your mom to get those recipes. :)
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18 Sammie December 14, 2012 at 6:14 PM

oh my gosh!! That’s such an easy recipe! How wonderful!! Loving these Meringue Cookies! :) And hope you’re enjoying your stay home!!! Is it India or Malaysia that you’re at right now??
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19 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 15, 2012 at 4:57 AM

Enjoy your time offline with your family, wishing your time is filled with lots of good food and good conversation.
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20 Shannon | Just As Delish December 15, 2012 at 8:01 AM

These are so cute! i wanna make them.
Enjoy your time in KL and eat your heart out! would love to meet up if you have enough time for other things.. :)
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21 Asmita December 18, 2012 at 9:49 AM

So adorable!
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22 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings December 23, 2012 at 2:08 AM

These are the cutest meringue cookies! The size is perfect because I can only have little bites of meringue, or else they are too sweet for me. Love the idea!
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23 Barb | Creative Culinary December 23, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I simply love meringue cookies. They are easy and if you leave them in the oven overnight…the wait is easier too! Last year I made them in the shape of little Christmas trees; now that’s what my kids want again…and today is the day!

I laughed at the ‘big’ hair comment; maybe one reason I love Denver’s low humidity, I don’t have those anymore and that’s OK with me! Enjoy your holiday.
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