For years I have seen boxes of meringue kisses in different colors at the grocery store. I have only made Mini Pavlovas with Fresh Berries, another egg white recipe, but have never attempted meringue cookies.
For the holidays and to spruce up your cup of hot cocoa, we have moved it up a notch and made peppermint meringue kisses & candy canes. These are actually much more simple than I imagined, and most importantly, they will last for up to two weeks.
The perfect make-ahead Christmas cookie or really anytime dessert. If you need a recipe for your egg yolks, be sure to check out our Italian Lemon Cake.
Peppermint Meringue Kisses & Candy Canes
These sweet treats are best made in a stand p mixer fitted with a whisk. I am sure back in the day, these were done by hand, but why do that now. You want shiny egg whites like this.
For the striped effect, use a new paintbrush and add lines of gel food coloring inside the piping bag. Here is a filled bag. I could not get a good photo before adding the meringue batter.
Then squeeze away.
Bake the meringues in a low oven until hardened. (You will also leave them in the oven for an hour more to completely dry out)
Of course, we had to try something a little more fun for the holidays. When it comes to red and white stripes, I can only think about candy canes. They are already flavored with peppermint, so candy cane shapes it was.
While meringues are pretty fragile cookies, they candy canes kept their shape without a problem.
So next time you are serving someone a cup of hot cocoa, be sure to add one of these adorable meringue cookies to the edge of the cup.
Of course we also added a few meringue kisses, they deserve the same amount of attention.
Peppermint Meringue Kisses Recipe
Serving Size 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 20 Sodium 5mg Carbohydrates 5g Sugar 5g