Meringue Kisses from Entertaining

Stiffened, sweetened egg whites can be used for many purposes -- for simple cookies such as these kisses, for vacherin and dacquoise, and as the base of a wedding cake frosting. This recipe is from "Entertaining," by Martha Stewart.

  • Yield: Makes approximately 50 kisses

Source: Entertaining

Ingredients

  • 6 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with aluminum foil.

  2. Beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the salt, cream of tartar, and vanilla and continue beating. Add the sugar 1 teaspoon at a time, beating about 30 seconds between additions. When all the sugar has been added, beat an additional 6 minutes. Egg whites should be very stiff, glossy, and extremely smooth, but not dry.

  3. Spoon the mixture into a large pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch star tip and pipe out "kisses," leaving 1-inch spaces. Reduce oven temperature to 200 degrees and bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until the meringues are dry to the touch and can be lifted from the foil. Cool completely before storing in a cool dry place.

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