Super festive, super easy, and super tasty! Does it get any better?? :) My kids love how the meringue melts in their mouths! If you leave the oven door open just a little it can help keep the meringue from browning.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr 20 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
2 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
20 meringue cookies
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Beat egg whites in a bowl until they form soft peaks; beat cream of tartar and vanilla extract into egg whites. Gradually beat white sugar into mixture until meringue forms stiff peaks. Transfer 1/4 of the meringue mixture into a separate bowl. Beat red food coloring into remaining 3/4 of meringue.

  • Transfer colored meringue into a piping bag fitted with a round tip. Pipe 20 Santa hat shaped triangles, about 1 1/2 inch tall and bending over at the tips, onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the hats with red sugar.

  • Transfer remaining 1/4 uncolored meringue into a clean piping bag fitted with a round tip. Pipe little white pom-poms onto each hat tip and a small edging of fluffy white trim onto the bottom of each hat.

  • Bake meringue cookies in the preheated oven until hard but not browned, about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Turn off oven and let cookies cool inside oven until crisp, 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

29 calories; protein 0.4g 1% DV; carbohydrates 7g 2% DV; fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 5.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (5)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2012
These turned out super cute and tasted like cotton candy. The recipes was easy to follow. I had never made meringue before and was leery of it after I tried to make macaroons but these were perfect. They will be a nice addition to my holiday plates. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/23/2012
Horrible recipe.. Very little guidance about how long to whip it for and the first time I made it it came out so runny I had to toss the whole batch and start over...don't waste your time unless you are experienced in making meringue. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2012
These turned out super cute and tasted like cotton candy. The recipes was easy to follow. I had never made meringue before and was leery of it after I tried to make macaroons but these were perfect. They will be a nice addition to my holiday plates. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2012
these turned out great! They tasted amazing and were perfect for a christmas program. I didn't make any changes. Thanks for the awesome recipe Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/10/2012
I loved this recipe! Super easy to make which since this was my first time making meringue was appreciated! I decided to put more red coloring and not do the sprinkles. I also let mine cool outside the oven! Great job!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/23/2012
Horrible recipe.. Very little guidance about how long to whip it for and the first time I made it it came out so runny I had to toss the whole batch and start over...don't waste your time unless you are experienced in making meringue. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2016
I made this exact recipe from the Family Fun magazine back in 2004 I am still making it. They are super easy to make and liked by all who eat them. The second picture is the one used in the Family Fun magazine...They are SUPER CUTE!! Read More
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