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Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies
2 hrs 40 mins
Adorable meringue cookies for the holidays.
- 3 large egg whites, room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 3/4 cup superfine sugar (I just put regular sugar in my processor for a minute to get it finer
- Green food color (I used paste but liquid works fine too)
- 6 oz white chocolate chips
- Gold edible glitter for decoration (mine is from King Arthur)
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F and place the rack in the center of the oven.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Beat the egg whites on low-medium speed until foamy.
- Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat the whites until they hold soft peaks.
- Add the sugar, a little at a time, and continue to beat on medium-high speed until the meringue holds very stiff peaks.
- Beat in the food coloring; the meringue might deflate a bit so just continue beating until the meringue holds stiff peaks again.
- Pipe meringues in a tree shape using a large, serrated piping tip.
- Bake the meringues for 2 hours, rotating the baking sheet from front to back about half way through to ensure even baking.
- They should not be brown but crisp on the outside. Cool completely.
- Melt the white chocolate chips in a double boiler (I actually just put a bowl in a small saucepan)
- Fit a pastry bag or a ziploc baggie with a small, rounded edge piping cone and fill with melted white chocolate.
- Pipe stars on silpat or parchment paper. Sprinkle with glitter and allow to cool.
- Peel the stars from the silpat once cool and attach to the trees with a dab of white chocolate.
- Pipe dots of white chocolate directly onto tree in a random pattern.