I have been meaning to whip up a batch of meringue cookies for a while now. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. They are fairly easy to make, with very few ingredients; but, the piping can be time consuming if you’re not comfortable with it, and they are so STICKY. So. So. Sticky.
So here is what you will need:
**This makes approximately 75 cookies so you may want to half the recipe
1 cup egg whites
2 cups granulated sugar
1½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1-2 drops food colouring (optional)
Preheat oven to 200°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Boil some water in a medium saucepan. Place a medium bowl over the simmering water. Add the egg whites and sugar.
Whisk the sugar into the egg whites for approximately 4 minutes.
Once it appears as though the sugar has completely dissolved in the egg whites (see picture above), add the mixture to your mixing bowl and beat on medium for 3-4 minutes.
Add your vanilla extract and beat on high for 4-5 minutes or until your meringue peaks.
I added half of this to a piping bag because I wanted both white and pink meringue cookies.
It’s up to your what type of tip you want to use on your piping bag.
I then added pink food colouring to the remaining meringue and beat the mixture for another minute, until well combined.
I then added the remaining meringue to a piping bag to pipe small meringue hearts. The easiest way to pipe out hearts is to do one side at a time. They won’t all look perfect and some of mine just looked like little pink blobs. Hehe.
Place the baking pans in the oven and bake for 2 hours. When the cookies are done, turn off the oven and leave them in for an additional 10 min. Cool and serve!
Happy Valentine’s Day!