Christmas Meringue Cookies

I have been wanting to try a meringue cookie forever now… I never have before! If there is ever an option of sugar cookies or chocolate I tend to pick that over meringue.

I am a silly silly girl.  These cookies are much easier than I thought and such a unique and delicate texture!  I am smitten. (Plus they are about 15 calories per cookie so you an eat a lot without feeling guilty.  Plus they are naturally gluten free.  Its win-win folks.)

 

And knowing I can change up the vanilla and use peppermint or orange or banana or strawberry or almond extract really opens up a world of possibility for these sweet confections.

Being a complete fan of all things Shabby Chic, I had to make a few girly White Christmas trees.  I resisted the glitter and sprinkles.  Well, until after this picture was taken that is!

Christmas Meringue Cookies

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Cream of Tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Gel Food Coloring (Red and Green for Christmas cookies)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 225°F.
  2. Beat egg whites in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until frothy. (If using a freestanding mixer, use wire whisk attachment.) Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form. Increase speed to medium-high. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until sugar is dissolved and stiff peaks form. Beat in extract and food color until well blended. Gently stir in chips, if desired.
  3. Place meringue into pastry bag fitted with a 2D, 1G, or large star tip. Slowly pipe out in a circle for the small meringue cookie. For the tree, pipe out a small circle then continuously make smaller circles working your way up.
  4. Bake both sheets of meringues at the same time 45 minutes. Turn oven off. Let meringues stand in oven 1 hour or until completely cooled.
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A couple friends were gracious enough to also make some wonderful Christmas cookies using McCormick Vanilla.  (And look, McCormick  even has Pure Madagascar Organic Vanilla!  Not only do I love their Pure Vanilla Extract, but this Organic version is such a wonderful addition!)

 

This post is from the talented Andrea of Baking Doux.  Such a fun cookie!!

These chewy butter cookies have a delightful vanilla flavor and aroma; a dusting of cinnamon makes them sensational.

Gena Divine of Bake All The Things will surely delight your taste buds

- check out all the yummy treats available in her Etsy shop!

This is from one of my favorite cake makers, Rose of Rose Bakes.  They are chocolate drizzled pecan pie cookies.  Um… what??  YUM!  Her talent knows no bounds!

I am so honored she put away her cake pan long enough (well, maybe cause they burned to a crisp) to make these amazing cookies.  Thank you sweet friend!

Hope you can try these sweet and easy meringues!  Oh, and I promise I will attempt a post without red, green,and white.  I may be stuck in a color rut. ;)