Sparkly lights line suburban streets, with red and green glowing, shiny treats. A stocking is hung and wreaths displayed for all to see, and yet still the attention is focused all around one single tree.
Presents and toys sit nearby as fireplaces roar. “Is that enough wrapped boxes?” We all think wanting more. People look up gifts on google. No one is frugal. My bank account depletes near to its end. Crap, I have nothing for family and friends.
My eyes jump from one dazzling sale to the other, all the while I try and shop for my brother. Maybe I’ll get him socks, shirts or a hat. No, I’m sure he’d rather just have one more cat. Then something shiny catches my eye, and suddenly my heart begins to fly. Could this be? Closer to it my feet pull me. Is it for real? A treat that will surely dazzle any meal.
Plates are filled and gift bags made for friend-filled gangs. I hope they will like these peppermint meringues. Of course they will. Who doesn’t love a good cookie? I suppose the Grinch, Scrooge or maybe even a wookie. Luckily for me I have no such friends. They all love cookies and treats to no end.
And so do I. I love cookies, I do. No matter what I buy, all I want is a cookie to chew. Red or green, shaped like trees or little men made of gingerbread, I’ll take any cookie I can, anything to put a smile on my eager cookie-hungry head. And yet it’s not christmas and outside it’s still crazy hot. Oh well, I suppose that is the joy of Texas. I guess Ill just have to make some more festive cookies to remind me it’s almost that special time of the year, xmas.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “Rhyme?” I just can’t help it though, I get this way every Christmastime. Now on to these delicious meringue recipe. I promise you will love this one, or you can sue me.
Meringues are easy to make. I came across some festive meringues in a magazine and I quickly decided I wanted some! Visit my last post on meringues to get some more tips and tricks. This recipe is the same only cut in half and with peppermint extract to add peppermint flavor.
- ½ cup (4 eggs) egg whites
- 1 or 2 drops of lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 8 ounces sugar
- Sanding Sugar (optional)
- Preheat an oven to 210°F.
- Add the egg whites and lemon to the bowl of a stand mixer and whip them at high until they are frothy.
- Add the peppermint extract and then the sugar slowly (1 tablespoon at a time if you tend to add things in too quick) while mixing at medium high/high.
- Whip until the egg whites are shiny and form stiff peaks.
- Place the egg whites in a pipping bag with a piping tip of your choice and pipe the meringue into various shapes on the lined baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 3 to 4 hours or until the meringues are completely dry.
- Remove from the oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container especially if your kitchen is humid.