Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mint Meringues

from Taste of Homes "Best-loved Cookies & Candies"

This is a light and beautiful cookie to serve this Christmas! Everyone has seen the white meringue cookies but now you can turn your table into a festive look with these wonderful cookies!

2 egg whites
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp peppermint extract
6 to 8 drops green food coloring (optional)
1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

1. In Bosch Universal mixer (use gourmet whips) beat egg whites, salt, cream of tartar, extract and food coloring on speed 2 until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 Tbl. at a time beating on Speed 3 until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. This will be fast!! Gently fold in chocolate chips.

2. Drop by rounded tsp. 2" apart onto parchment paper-lined stainless steel baking sheets. Bake 250 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until firm to the touch. Turn oven off; leave meringues in oven for 1 1/2 hours. Remove to wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yields 32 doz. cookies.

Note from Paula: Your Bosch will shine with this recipe as it will make more meringue than other mixers! A cookbook will tell you that one egg will make 1/2 cup of meringue but the Bosch will make up to a 1 1/2 cups of meringue! The point?! Your Bosch will let you make more cookies with this recipe! Yum!!

Now another tip for these cookies!! You can't use natural peppermint flavoring. You have to use the imitation stuff as it will alter the liquid ratio. Another tip, the sugar needs to be added slowly so it can work into the meringue.

How do I know this??? My first batch, I did my usual dump all the ingredients. Not good idea. :) It is important to follow directions on this cookie. Have fun.

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