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Meringue Letters and Hearts

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 2 hours
  • yield: Twelve 4-inch letters and sixteen 1-inch hearts
Photography: Kate Mathis

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Ingredients

  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Large pinch of coarse salt
  • Large pinch of cream of tartar

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200 degrees, with racks in upper and lower third of oven. Combine egg whites and sugar in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water; stir until sugar dissolves and mixture is warm, about 3 minutes. Add salt and cream of tartar.

  2. Step 2

    Beat with a mixer on medium-high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form and meringue is mostly cooled, about 7 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Transfer meringue to a piping bag fitted with a ?-inch plain pastry tip (such as Ateco #805). Pipe the letters L, O, V, and E, 3 times each, onto a parchment-lined baking sheet; each letter should be about 4 inches tall and spaced 1 inch apart. Pipe 16 hearts, 1 inch tall and 1 inch apart, onto another parchment-lined baking sheet.

  4. Step 4

    Bake meringues until crisp on the outside but still soft inside, about 1 hour for letters and 40 minutes for hearts. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 day.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, February 2013

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