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Pillowy Meringue Hearts

Brown-sugar meringue cookies are guaranteed to please. Pink food coloring causes one (marked with a ribbon) to blush. Heart-shape cutters provide adoring curves. Half of the meringues are flavored with orange zest; the other half are tinted pink and flavored with grapefruit zest.

  • yield: Makes about 1 Dozen

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Ingredients

  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated grapefruit zest
  • Pink gel-paste food coloring

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Put egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar into the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer set over a pan of simmering water.Whisk until mixture is warm and sugar has dissolved.

  2. Step 2

    Attach bowl to mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Starting on low speed and gradually increasing to high, beat until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla.

  3. Step 3

    Transfer half the meringue to another bowl. Using a rubber spatula, stir orange zest into 1 bowl of meringue. Stir grapefruit zest and pink food coloring into remaining meringue.

  4. Step 4

    Place a 3 1/4-by-3 1/2-inch heart-shape cutter in one corner of a parchment-lined baking sheet. Using a small spatula, fill heart with meringue; swirl. Push down edges of meringue with the spatula, and lift up cutter. Repeat, spacing meringue hearts 2 inches apart on baking sheets.

  5. Step 5

    Bake until meringues are firm and can be removed easily from parchment paper, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Meringues can be stored between layers of parchment paper in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, February 2006

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Reviews (3)

  • 13 Feb, 2011

    Makes about 1 dozen SuzanneMG. Says so right below Ingredients!

  • 13 Feb, 2011

    And this makes how many ? Why cannot quantity always be a part of the recipes. This happens too often and is beneath MS.

  • 8 Feb, 2008

    on my collection how do i add a picture