Meringue cookies with a surprise inside. A variation of this recipe would be to omit the peppermint extract and add 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans after the stiff peaks form.

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Ingredients

22
Original recipe yields 22 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In small bowl, beat egg whites, vanilla, cream of tartar, peppermint extract (if using) and salt till soft peaks form.

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  • Very gradually add sugar; bet till very stiff peaks form. Drop by tablespoon 1 1/2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheet.

  • Press a chocolate kiss into each cookie. With a table knife, bring meringue up over candy.

  • Bake in 275 degree F (140 degrees C) oven for 30 minutes. Immediately move to rack to cool.

Nutrition Facts

87 calories; 2.9 g total fat; 2 mg cholesterol; 15 mg sodium. 14.8 g carbohydrates; 1.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (16)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2003
Very easy to make and fun to eat! I plan on making these again but with some variations: almond extract instead of peppermint or mini chocolate chips mixed with the meringue (or sprinkled mini chips on top of the unbaked cookie). Another possible variation: a well-drained maraschino cherry (without stem) in the center instead of the chocolate kiss and omitting the peppermint extract. While my young daughter likes to eat these cookies I still plan on making them by myself (raw egg whites). I didn't give this recipe 5 Overall stars because it seems to need something mainly presentation-wise. I think some finely shaved chocolate or jimmies sprinkled on the unbaked meringue would "dress up" the cookie a bit. Tips on making the cookie: avoid air-pockets between the meringue and the kiss and use two baking sheets -- you can fit the whole recipe on both sheets and get the whole batch in the oven at one time. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/15/2005
I have made this kind of cookie before and never with these results. I tried 4 batches and none of them turned out for me. Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2003
Very easy to make and fun to eat! I plan on making these again but with some variations: almond extract instead of peppermint or mini chocolate chips mixed with the meringue (or sprinkled mini chips on top of the unbaked cookie). Another possible variation: a well-drained maraschino cherry (without stem) in the center instead of the chocolate kiss and omitting the peppermint extract. While my young daughter likes to eat these cookies I still plan on making them by myself (raw egg whites). I didn't give this recipe 5 Overall stars because it seems to need something mainly presentation-wise. I think some finely shaved chocolate or jimmies sprinkled on the unbaked meringue would "dress up" the cookie a bit. Tips on making the cookie: avoid air-pockets between the meringue and the kiss and use two baking sheets -- you can fit the whole recipe on both sheets and get the whole batch in the oven at one time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2003
Very easy to make and fun to eat! I plan on making these again but with some variations: almond extract instead of peppermint or mini chocolate chips mixed with the meringue (or sprinkled mini chips on top of the unbaked cookie). Another possible variation: a well-drained maraschino cherry (without stem) in the center instead of the chocolate kiss and omitting the peppermint extract. While my young daughter likes to eat these cookies I still plan on making them by myself (raw egg whites). I didn't give this recipe 5 Overall stars because it seems to need something mainly presentation-wise. I think some finely shaved chocolate or jimmies sprinkled on the unbaked meringue would "dress up" the cookie a bit. Tips on making the cookie: avoid air-pockets between the meringue and the kiss and use two baking sheets -- you can fit the whole recipe on both sheets and get the whole batch in the oven at one time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2008
I love these and make them every Christmas. I use mint chocolate kisses in one batch and add a little green food coloring. Before popping it in the oven I add green and white sprinkles. Another batch gets well-drained (and patted-dry) maraschino cherries and a little red food coloring and red & white sprinkles. A third batch gets regular chocolate no coloring and chocolate sprinkles. The result is a very Christmassy platter of colorful treats. It gets decimated at any party I take it to. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2011
I made this every Christmas when my children were little and now for my grandchildren. I use mini-chocolate chips folded into the meringue rather than the kisses. Also don't care for the peppermint instead used almond. Sprinkled white edible glitter over the cookies and they are beautiful and festive. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/15/2005
I have made this kind of cookie before and never with these results. I tried 4 batches and none of them turned out for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2011
My mother used to make these every Christmas and I've been looking to find a recipe so I could make them for my kids. This is the one to use!! AWESOME. Just like I remember my Mom making. Love them. Followed the recipe exactly except I didn't have any cream of tartar. I used two drops of vinegar instead; did the trick wonderfully! Meringue was lovely and thick and shiney. These are now on my must have list for Christmas. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2002
had this recipe and lost it was glad to finally find it again. It is soooo good thank you Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2011
Sooooooo good with or without chocolate. Loved the peppermint. Also sprinkled crushed candy canes on top before baking... Very pretty. Mine were still a little gooey inside so I may try cooling inside the open oven next time instead of removing the cookies promptly; but I really liked them this way too. Might just be the Seattle humidity... Always hard to make meringues here! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2011
I was looking for a recipe for meringue nest for easter and came across this one. Growing up in the 60s in our town we had a Woman's Bakery on the main street. I remember buying meringue nest in different colours at easter time for 5 or 10 cents. I wanted my children to have the same experience as me to remember. This recipe worked great. Didn't bother with any flouring just a little food colouring. Then piped birds nest on the cookie sheet and baked as directed. We finished them off by putting some tiny easter eggs in them.. so easy and so good... thanks Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2015
Made very minor changes--no peppermint extract but used Candy Cane Hershey's Kisses. There are 44 in a package! Will definitely make again. Read More
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