Meringue Mice


These yuletide mice have bodies made from dollops of airy Swiss meringue to delight all your holiday elves.


  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature

  • ½ cup sugar

  • Pinch of cream of tartar

  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 6 black licorice whips, each 28 inches long, cut into 3-inch lengths

  • 150 small black nonpareil candies (about 1 teaspoon)

  • 100 sliced unblanched almonds (about ½ cup)


  1. Position 2 racks in the oven, and preheat oven to 175 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside. Fill a medium saucepan 1/4 full with water. Set the saucepan over medium heat, and bring water to a simmer.

  2. Combine the egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heat-proof bowl of an electric mixer, and place it over the simmering water. Whisk constantly until whites are warm to the touch and sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Test by rubbing the mixture between your fingers.

  3. Transfer bowl to mixer stand; fit mixer with the whisk attachment. Starting on low speed and gradually increasing to high, beat egg-white mixture until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 10 minutes. Add vanilla, and mix until combined.

  4. Fit a pastry bag with a #803 Ateco tip, and fill it with the meringue. Pipe teardrop mice shapes onto prepared baking sheets by piping small blobs about 1 inch in diameter, with one pointed end (for the face). Pipe mice about 2 1/2 inches apart. Complete each mouse by inserting a 3-inch-long piece of licorice for the tail, small black candies for eyes and nose, and 2 almond slices for ears.

  5. Bake until mice are hard when gently tapped but still white, about 1 1/2 hours. Do not overbake, or they will crack and begin to brown. Transfer to cooling racks until room temperature. Store at room temperature in airtight containers up to 1 week.

Cook's Notes

Small black nonpareil candies for the eyes are sold in candy stores. Black mustard seeds may also be used; place these and the almond ears with tweezers. Or use a small round tip to pipe dots of melted chocolate for eyes and noses.

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