Meringue cookies are super easy to make AND they are fat-free! What’s not to love? Add a tiny stripe and you got yourself one cute guilt-free treat. Here is how to make them:
- 4 egg whites, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ tsp Cream of Tartar
- 1 tsp oil-free flavoring
- Preheat your oven to 225 degrees F.
- Place all 4 egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on slow speed for a minute.
- Once the eggs are frothy, start adding the sugar little by little. Once all the sugar has been added, crank up to high speed and mix until firm peaks form. Spoon mixture into pastry bag and pipe meringues out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 50 minutes then turn off the oven and leave the meringues in for another hour.
Before we start, there are 2 important rules for the best meringues:
1. Egg whites and fat do not go together. Make sure your bowls are squeaky clean.
2. This also means that you cannot use oil-based extracts like peppermint, lemon, orange, etc. But don’t worry. Most baking shops have oil-free flavors now.
Let’s get started. Preheat your oven to 225°F. Place your egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Start mixing on low speed until the eggs get frothy:
With the mixer on low speed, start adding the sugar a tiny bit at a time:
Crank up to high speed until firm peaks form:
Now here is the trick to add stripes to your meringues: Using a skewer of a fine brush, paint a line of food coloring on the inside of a pastry bag:
That’s it! As you pipe out the mixture, the tiny meringue will pick up a line of food coloring. Easy, right?
Spoon your meringue mixture into the bag and start piping meringues out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Slipat. I am using a star tip to add texture to my meringues. Plain round tips work fine too (it makes meringues shaped like Hershey kisses):
Bake for 50 minutes, then turn off the oven and continue to bake for another hour.
For fun I also tried using 2 colors:
Aren’t they cute? They look like tiny Italian flags.
It’s amazing what a tiny stripe can do!