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Lemon Meringue Flowers

These floral meringues are perfect for spring. With bursts of lemon, they taste as sunny as they look. Don't worry if the petals look messy -- the candied peel at the center of each flower covers flaws.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 3 hours
  • yield: Makes 40
Photography: andrew parcell

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Ingredients

  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, plus 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 40 squares (1/2 inch each) candied lemon peel (1/2 ounce; kingarthurflour.com)

Cook's Note

Meringues can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Whisk egg whites, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt until foamy. Slowly whisk in sugar. Whisk until stiff peaks just begin to form. Fold in lemon zest.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain round tip. Pipe forty 5-petaled 1 1/2-inch flowers onto parchment-lined baking sheets. (For each petal, pipe a small mound of meringue, and drag it into center to form a teardrop shape. Repeat 4 times, working in a circle.) Place a candied lemon square in center of each flower.

  3. Step 3

    Bake until meringues are crisp and lift off parchment easily, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Let cool.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2011

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Reviews (5)

  • 29 Apr, 2014

    Hi, I still don't see where to get the grass design. There is no 'expand' button as far as I can see.

  • 1 Jul, 2012

    I made these and some turned out better than others because of cooking time. You didn't list a cooking time, only that they should be crisp. I made them yesterday for a 4th of July party and used mini M&M's (red, white and blue) for the center instead of candied lemon. One comment...if it's hot outside, they must be covered or they will get sticky right away.

  • 25 May, 2012

    Could you please tell me the calories per cookie?

  • 23 Apr, 2011

    Click on "expand" at the beginning of the post and you'll see where to click for the grass

  • 7 Apr, 2011

    Precious package..... everyone loves dasies.... where is the grass design?