Peppermint Candy Meringues

  • Preparation time:
  • 30 min
  • Total time:
  • 2 hours 30 min
  • Plus time:
  • 4 hours cooling time
  • Makes:
  • 30 to 35 meringues
Peppermint Candy Meringues

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Peppermint Candy Meringues

These ridiculously easy meringues are light as air.

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites , at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2/3 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 3/4 cup candy canes , or red-and-white peppermint candies
  • 1/2 cup white candy melts

Directions

  • Wash your hands, bowls and any utensils you will be using for this recipe to remove any trace of oil.
  • Preheat oven to 200F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk on medium-high until very foamy, then add sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, until combined. Continue whisking, scraping down side of bowl as needed, until stiff and glossy peaks form when whisk is lifted and sugar has dissolved, 2 to 4 min. (Meringue should not feel gritty when mixture is rubbed between your fingers.) Add peppermint extract. Whisk until combined.
  • Scrape meringue into a piping bag fitted with a 3/4-in. star tip. Holding the bag with the tip close to the parchment, gently squeeze bag and pipe a 2-in.-wide meringue. Release bag and pull up to make a pointed tip. Repeat, piping meringues 1 in. apart.
  • Bake in centre of oven for 2 hours. Without opening oven door, turn off heat and leave meringues in oven until completely cool, 4 to 6 hours, or preferably overnight.
  • Whirl candy canes in a food processor until finely chopped. Pour into a shallow bowl. Microwave candy melts in another shallow bowl until melted, about 1 min. Dip the bottom of each cooled meringue into candy melts, then dip into candy canes. Let stand until candy melts firm up, about 15 min. Set on a platter or in cupcake liners to enjoy.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent November 2015 issue. Photo by Roberto Caruso.

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