Sunday, December 12, 2010

Festive Meringue Kisses

Christmas is just around the corner and it is time to do some baking. Like usual I will have to bake 3-4 types of cookies to be given away to friends, neighbors, mailman and a few others. This is the first time I am baking meringue kisses because I am not a fan of it as I find it to be a bit too sweet for my taste. This cookie is not difficult to make but it took a long time to bake so you have to be very patience. Baking it low and slow is the key to a perfect crispy and light kisses. It took me over 3 hours to bake these whole lots cookies.



Ingredients:

5 large egg whites
1 cup sugar
¼ tsp cream of tartar
½ tsp vanilla
Some red and green coloring


1. Prepare 2 large baking sheet pans, line it with parchment paper. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degree F.
2. In an electric mixer beat egg white and cream of tartar for 30 second over high speed. Gradually add in the sugar and vanilla. Beat until meringue holds stiff, glossy peaks.
3. Using a small spatula paint a red and green stripes inside the pastry bag fitted with star shapes piping tip. Fill the bag with meringue. Pipe small star shapes onto the baking sheet.
4. Refill bag as necessary, adding food coloring each time. Bake cookies rotating halfway through until crisp but not brown about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.
5. Let it cool completely on wire rack before storing it in an air tight container.

Note: You can change it to other flavors like lemon, peppermint, coffee, chocolate, strawberry, etc.

I am submitting this to Aspiring Bakers #2: Christmas! (Dec 2010) hosted by Passionate About Baking .

39 comments:

Anncoo said...

This is so pretty, love the color. The person who received this will surely melt in the heart :))

3 hungry tummies said...

These remind me of topping for my favourite childhood treats with a little round biscuit underneath ;)

Sayantani said...

cute little cookies. great technique.

Angie's Recipes said...

They look so pretty and festive!

Ah Tze said...

The colour looks lovely and pretty!

Elin said...

So pretty :) send some kisses over :p

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

I was wondering how you coloured the kisses like candy cane, and haha, thanks for teaching me how to do it.
They look really good to me.

Angie Tee said...

This little kisses looks so pretty!

mycookinghut said...

Very pretty! This reminds me of a kind of biscuits that I used to eat a a lot when youngwith little meringue on top..

Anonymous said...

I would make it smaller and use on pies and cakes and tarts.



Anna

Chow and Chatter said...

love these and adorable colors

Merry Christmas

Rebecca

Jennifurla said...

They are so pretty and delicate

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Gert, that's a really good idea!!! Serious! Perfectly Christmasy! Thanks for the idea!

CaThY said...

So cute & nice! I love them *^_^*

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Gert, this is just gorgeous! I would love to recieve these for Xmas! *hint hint*, lol!

Jet said...

They look so pretty! Thanks for sharing.

diva said...

This is such a great idea and so pretty too!

Jo said...

Very pretty and festive as well! Am so tempted to make a batch myself too!

Anonymous said...

Hi Gert

Those are lovely and colorful kisses. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and family.

Yen

Little Corner of Mine said...

So festive and pretty looking!

kirbie said...

These are so pretty! What a great idea.

Shereen said...

Oh Gert,they are so pretty.Felt like rushing to the kitchen and bake them...hmmm...if only I have the time!!!I have lots of egg whites in the frezeer from baking the kek lapis.Would you have any idea how many grams 5 egg whites will be?

ReeseKitchen said...

Wah..this is so interesting!! You gave me a better idea what to bake for this X'mas...thanks!!!

Kitchen Corner said...

Wah..really admire you have the passion to make these little sweets. It's great for x'mas indeed!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

there are pretty gems, looks so festive too, definitely a great xmas gift :)

Elin said...

Gert,
I am sharing my award with you ..pls drop by when you are free to collect it :)

Elin

Quay Po Cooks said...

oooo.. I love these sweet little things!

ICook4Fun said...

Ann, thanks. I hope they like it too.

3 hungry tummies, yes I remember that biscuit. We used to eat up the meringue and throw away the dry and tasteless biscuit ha ha..

Sayantani, angie, Ah Tze, Elin, thank you.

Wendy, you can apply the same technique for decorating your cakes.

Angie, thank you.

Lee mei, Yea I remember that biscuits :)

Anna, good idea but just remember that once these kisses touches anything with moist it will melt and go soft.

ICook4Fun said...

Chow and Chatter, Merry Christmas to you too.

Jennifurla, thanks.

Pei-Lin, Cathy, thank you.

Bee bee, ha ha will you be in CA for Christmas??

Jet, diva, thank you.

Jo, thank you. I am sure you are going to love these meringue kisses.

Yen, thanks and Merry Christmas to you too.

LCOM, thank you

ICook4Fun said...

Kirbe, thank you.

Shereen, I know you are real busy with your family now. I will weight the egg white today and let you know ok.

Reese, hope you like these kisses.

Grace, making this is easy but waiting for it to bake is the hard part :)

Jess, thanks.

Elin, thanks for the award.

Quay Po, thank you.

Shahrizat said...

those little kisses are so cute, even i don't celebrate christmas am temted to try making them. thanks.

lubos said...

These look great! Send me some if there are left overs :)

By the way, I found your site while browsing around for various Christmas cookie ideas. It's neat to see the variety of treats people make. I am originally from Slovakia, and Christmas is a huge deal there, especially when it comes to baking. People start baking week or two before, and make a different kind of cookies every day. So by the time Christmas rolls around, you have a plate full of assorted cookies. I am actually currently running sweepstakes for Slovak home-made cookies if you would like to enter. The URL is http://www.slovakcooking.com/2010/blog/xmas-cookies/

See ya!

Talita said...

How beautiful are your meringues! Love the colors and shape!

hana said...

cantiknyer... kaler pong sweet jer...

My Little Space said...

Oh boy, these are so adorable! Love the addition of colouring. Thanks for sharing but I prefer if you can FedEX over. haha....
Kristy ((hugs))

bigFATcook said...

cute! I made these once, but mine were all white:). They really looked good and tasted delicious.
Greets!!

Anonymous said...

Seems lovely.
Just a doubt. How big the cookies are? I thought its bigger than an inch. But in the description its said that make small stars. What does this small mean? one fourth of an inch which is becoming bigger than 1" after baking?

ICook4Fun said...

Anon, slightly bigger than a nickle.

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I like your Meringue:) Thanks for sharing.
Please i can't find your French Baguette recipe.Can you help me?
Thank you,