One of my favorite holiday cookies ever since I was a kid and first tried an “egg white cookie” made by my step-dad’s Great Aunt! When they first told me what they were made of, I thought they were just teasing me! Egg whites? Just egg whites?? Really?? But then as soon as they said “meringue”, I knew it was no joke! 😉
Light as puffy little clouds, melt-in-your-mouth like magic, delicate as angel kisses! This sweet treat is something you will never forget! And you won’t believe how easy they are to make and what few ingredients it takes to make them! 😀
There are many different flavors that you can make, too! Including adding finely chopped pecans, mini chocolate chips for a hint of chocolate, or sprinkle them with crushed candy canes (one of my favorite variations!) for a festive peppermint flavor!
But for these, I add a bit of green food coloring and use my giant M1 decorating tip to pipe out some pretty little “Christmas Trees”!
Not perfect and more resemble trees in a stiff wind, they still looked so very pretty on my Christmas tray last year! Colorful and unique, they’re the first thing to catch your eye! Before baking, I sprinkled them with colorful nonpareils for “lights”, and left them as is. I could’ve “decorated” the trees further, but sometimes less is actually more. I thought they looked so very pretty just as they were. 😉
These only stay fresh for 2-3 days is all, though. So be sure to make these very last! 😀 Trust me, they’ll come in very handy when your tray is “missing something” and you need a pop of color, something super fun, and don’t want to spend another penny at the grocery store!
Also, be sure to keep these away from any humidity. Try to store them with plenty of breathing room in an airtight container right on the kitchen counter. These make quite a few, but no worries! They’re always the first to go! Especially when there are kiddos around! Who can resist a Christmas tree? 😉 😀
So be sure to save this one or Pin it so you don’t lose it or forget them! You’ll have so much fun making them, and they’re absolutely divine! They have such a delicate crunch and are light as a feather! Take care all, and let the holiday baking begin! 😀 I’ll be sharing quite a few holiday cookies on my Facebook page, so be sure to give my page a Like so that you don’t miss any! 😀
Have a beautiful winter day, and I’ll see you all tomorrow! 😀 ~Kelly
- 2 egg whites
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- ⅛ tsp. cream of tartar
- ½ cup sugar
- 6 drops liquid green food coloring
- multi-colored nonpareils for "lights"
- 1-2 crushed candy canes for a mint flavor
- fold in ½ cup mini chocolate chips for a chocolate flavor
- In mixer bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add salt and cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Beat in food coloring. Beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until stiff and glossy.
- Spoon meringue into a pastry bag or a resealable plastic bag. (If using a plastic bag, cut a 1-in. hole in a corner.)
- Pipe out 2" tall kisses (or "trees") of meringue onto ungreased foil-lined, or parchment paper-lined, baking sheets. Sprinkle with nonpareils. (Use a large fluted tip such as an M1.)
- Bake at 225° for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until dry but not brown. Cool, remove from foil. Store in an airtight container. Makes 3-3½ dozen.
- Variations: Add ½ cup mini chocolate chips, (beat into the stiffly beaten egg whites). Or sprinkle with crushed candy canes after baking.