Sophisticated, sweet little nothings; these meringues will disappear fast!

RuthE
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Ingredients

72
Original recipe yields 72 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. Line a large plate with waxed paper.

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  • Beat egg whites, coffee granules, vanilla extract, cream of tartar, and salt with an electric mixer at high speed until soft peaks form, 3 to 5 minutes. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating constantly, until stiff but still glossy peaks form, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Drop egg white mixture by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet (alternately, fill a pastry bag fitted with a star tip with egg white mixture and pipe out 1- to 1 1/2-inch stars).

  • Bake in the preheated oven until kisses are firm and dry, about 2 hours. Cool on the baking sheet set on a wire rack for 1 hour.

  • Melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

  • Peel kisses from parchment paper. Dip the base of each kiss in melted chocolate and transfer to waxed paper-lined plate. Freeze kisses until chocolate hardens, 2 to 3 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Kisses can be made 1 week ahead and kept in an airtight container at room temperature. They can also be frozen, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and put in a zip-top plastic bag, for up to 1 month; thaw still wrapped.

Nutrition Facts

26 calories; 1 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 5 mg sodium. 3.9 g carbohydrates; 0.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2015
These are not only easy, they are delicious and beautiful. I piped mine with a large star tip and made them into Christmas trees. Can't wait to share these! While I LOVE the coffee flavor, I can see making a couple different varieties to set out at Christmas gatherings. Perhaps tinted green and flavored with a bit of mint extract. May try that tomorrow. These take so little work- just spend 10 minutes then go wrap presents or watch a movie. Shaped as trees I could see these as part of a gingerbread house's yard-with white chocolate on them for snow (which is much more finicky to melt- has to be done low and slow unless you buy that almond bark, which wouldn't taste as good). Everyone would fight over the trees for sure! Just one note- mine whipped to soft, and then to stiff peeks faster than the recipe indicated. Make sure not to over whip- it can happen in as little as a few seconds. Thanks for the best meringue recipe I have ever made or eaten!*****just made these again, but shaped them smaller, like the star shape suggested. I had a harder time dipping them in the chocolate neatly. I much prefer the taller "tree" shape. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2015
These are not only easy, they are delicious and beautiful. I piped mine with a large star tip and made them into Christmas trees. Can't wait to share these! While I LOVE the coffee flavor, I can see making a couple different varieties to set out at Christmas gatherings. Perhaps tinted green and flavored with a bit of mint extract. May try that tomorrow. These take so little work- just spend 10 minutes then go wrap presents or watch a movie. Shaped as trees I could see these as part of a gingerbread house's yard-with white chocolate on them for snow (which is much more finicky to melt- has to be done low and slow unless you buy that almond bark, which wouldn't taste as good). Everyone would fight over the trees for sure! Just one note- mine whipped to soft, and then to stiff peeks faster than the recipe indicated. Make sure not to over whip- it can happen in as little as a few seconds. Thanks for the best meringue recipe I have ever made or eaten!*****just made these again, but shaped them smaller, like the star shape suggested. I had a harder time dipping them in the chocolate neatly. I much prefer the taller "tree" shape. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2015
Love this recipe. Very easy to make even though the baking time is quite long. I actually used powdered sugar because I was out of granulatedsugar. Everyone that ate them said it reminded them of malted milk ball candy. Read More