Catholic Recipe: Holiday Party Kisses or Meringues

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Red and green decorating sugar (optional)

Details

Yield: 26 cookies

Prep Time: 35 minutes plus 60 minutes cooking time

Difficulty: • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:6+

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DIRECTIONS

Beat egg whites with electric mixer at medium speed until froth starts to appear. Add salt and cream of tartar. Continue beating for 5 minutes, or until soft peaks form. Gradually add half the white sugar, beating constantly; then beat 5 minutes. Add remaining half of white sugar in the same way. After beating for 5 minutes, continue beating until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Remove beater and place the meringue mixture in a pastry tube with rosette end. Press it out to make rosettes 1” apart on brown paper spread over a baking sheet. (Or drop mixture from teaspoon.)

Christmas Decorating Option: sprinkle half the meringues with red sugar, the other half with green sugar.

Bake in a very slow oven (250° F.) 1 hour, or until meringues are firm, but not browned. (When done, meringues should lift off paper easily.) Remove from paper and cool on racks. Makes 26.

NOTE: When making meringues or kisses, or anything that uses only egg whites, slip the leftover yolks into a wire sieve immersed in a pan of simmering water. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove and dry, then press the yolks through the sieve. Use to garnish salads, cooked butter vegetables, creamed vegetables, soups, and other dishes.