Sweet Bones

sweet bones
Photo: Sang An

Spook Halloween party guests with these light, airy confections made of meringue. All you need to make these bloody bites are egg whites and sugar, which are whipped into stiff peaks and piped into the shape of bones.


  • 6 large egg whites

  • 1 ½ cups sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Put egg whites and sugar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set bowl over a pan of simmering water; whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and mixture feels warm to the touch, about 5 minutes.

  2. Return bowl to mixer, and fit mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat on high speed until very stiff peaks form, about 8 minutes.

  3. Transfer meringue to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain round tip, such as a Wilton #1A. Pipe bone shapes, each 5 to 6 inches long, onto two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Make meringue bones using one continuous motion: Begin by piping a horizontal S shape at top. Continue piping meringue downward in a straight line to form the middle of the bone. Finish by making another horizontal S shape at the bottom. Repeat until all of the meringue is used up.

  4. Bake until crisp throughout, about 1 hour. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Cook's Notes

Meringues can be baked 3 days ahead; store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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