Peppermint Meringues encapsulate the essence of festive indulgence in delicate, airy bites. These delightful confections embody the merry spirit of the holiday season, offering a symphony of flavors and a whimsical aesthetic that delights both the eyes and the palate. As charming as they are delicious, Peppermint Meringues are a testament to the joyous celebration of tradition and culinary creativity during this special time of the year.
At the heart of these delightful treats lies the perfect balance of sweetness and the refreshing essence of peppermint. The meringues boast a crisp exterior that gently gives way to a melt-in-your-mouth texture, while the infusion of peppermint delivers a burst of cool, minty freshness with every bite. Their delicate nature mirrors the snow-kissed landscapes and the magical ambiance of the holidays.
Crafting Peppermint Meringues is an art that combines precision and creativity. Whipping egg whites into a fluffy cloud, gradually incorporating sugar to create that glossy, stiff peak consistency is a process that rewards patience. The addition of peppermint extract infuses these clouds of sweetness with a refreshing twist, transforming them into delightful swirls of festive cheer.
As they bake, the kitchen is enveloped in a fragrant aroma that evokes memories of holidays past and stirs anticipation for joyous moments to come. Whether enjoyed as a light dessert after a hearty feast or nestled in a gift box for loved ones, Peppermint Meringues carry the spirit of the season in every delicate, minty bite—a celebration of warmth, joy, and the magic of the holidays.
– 2 egg whites
– ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
– Pinch of salt
– ½ cup granulated sugar
– ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
– Red gel food coloring
1. Preheat the oven to 225°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tartar, and a pinch of salt.
3. Using the whisk attachment, whisk the ingredients at medium speed until the egg whites become frothy, usually taking about 2-3 minutes.
4. Increase the speed to medium-high and slowly add the granulated sugar, one tablespoon at a time. Beat until the egg whites turn glossy and form stiff peaks, approximately 3-4 minutes at high speed.
5. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gently incorporate the peppermint extract. Mix just until the extract is blended in.
6. Prepare a cake decorating disposable bag with a large tip (e.g., 1M tip). To line the inside of the bag with red gel food coloring, lightly dip a long wooden skewer into the coloring and draw two lines along the interior of the decorating bag.
7. Fill the prepared decorating bag with the meringue mixture.
8. Pipe the meringues onto the parchment-lined baking sheets, ensuring there’s about an inch of space between each meringue.
9. Place both trays of meringues in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 1 hour. Then, turn off the oven but leave the meringues inside for an additional 30 minutes.
10. Check the meringues’ texture. If the centers are still chewy, return them to the warm oven for a bit more time until they reach the desired consistency.