Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies / Peppermint Meringues


For some reason, I cannot make proper meringues / macarons. I've read tutorials, watched youtube videos, and tried on numerous occasions, but I can never get the egg whites to whip up properly. On saturday afternoon I decided once again to give them a try.

While I don't feel confident providing a meringue recipe, I did learn a great trick on how to achieve the pretty swirls. Before you spoon the meringue mixture into a piping bag, take a small paint brush and brush two lines of red food colouring gel up sides of the bag. It works perfectly, even when I opened the bag to add more meringue.

And I must say, while I'm unhappy with the inconsistency of the sizes and thicknesses, they look gorgeous for the holidays. I packaged some up to give as a hostess gift, and they look lovely all boxed up. 

Peppermint Meringue Cookies
makes 20-24 cookies

- Make your favourite meringue recipe. I tried two recipes and wasn't thrilled with either (although they taste good!). As mentioned, I couldn't get my egg whites to whip up enough, making the cookies a little flatter than I would have liked. 
- Add a few drops of peppermint extract
- Paint two lines of red food colouring on the inside of your piping bag (I painted up each seam, and used a toothpick rather than a paintbrush)
- Bake meringues as directed. Let cool.
- Make a small batch of your favourite chocolate icing, and sandwich the cookies together. 
- Pile high on a pretty plate, or package up to give as a gift

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1 comment:

CakePants said...

These are absolutely stunning, and SO festive! That's a great trick about the two lines of food coloring - I"ll have to try that sometime. I think we're always our own harshest critics. You may not have been 100% happy with how they turned out, but I'm super impressed!