Spiced Meringue Cookies #Recipe

Spiced Meringue Cookies #Recipe

Meringue cookies are delicious, I love how light and delicate they are plus they take very few ingredients!  This is always a bonus when you are in a pinch and need something to take to a friends home or to a cookie exchange.

I am not a meringue cookie expert.  I have watched my Grandma make them for years, but I had never attempted them myself until I got a phone call from a good friend, Kandi.  She was attempting to make them and was not having any luck.  So into my cook books I went, and into my memories.  It is moments like this that I wish there was a special phone I could pick up and call my Grandma, I really miss being able to ask her all kinds of questions.

spiced meringue

I whipped up these delicious Spiced Meringue Cookies using a basic recipe from my Grandmas cook book, and a bit of a guess from the spice rack.  They turned out delicious, and my friend has since successfully made them as well!

Basic Meringue:
2 egg whites
1 tsp cream of tarter
1/2 cup sugar
Spices: Optional
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
     Start by whipping/whisking/beating the egg whites to soft peaks.  Then add in the cream of tarter and sugar (also add spices now if you are adding them).  I used by countertop mixer and it took several minutes to get this whole mixture to a stiff peak, but that is the goal.
     Pipe onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.  If you do not have piping bags, zip sealing sandwich bags works great, just fill and snip off the corner.  That is what I used for my first batch because I could not find my pastry bags.
Ready to bake some meringue
     Put the cookie sheet into a 300 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Then turn your oven down to its LOWEST setting for an additional 20-25 minutes.  My lowest setting is 185.  This is to dry out the meringue and make these cookies perfect.
     These store just fine, if you put them in an air tight container and in a cool place.  Humidity is the enemy of meringue!  And if you leave them exposed on the counter, you could wake up to a very weepy weepy cooky.

Comments

  1. Gonna go try this. Thanks.