These are very good, light and airy. The colors are great for the holidays.

KATHY
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C). Line 2 cookie sheets with foil.

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  • In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar to soft peaks. Gradually add sugar, continuing to beat until whites form stiff peaks. Drop by spoonfuls 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle crushed peppermint candy over the cookies.

  • Bake for 1 1/2 hours in preheated oven. Meringues should be completely dry on the inside. Do not allow them to brown. Turn off oven. Keep oven door ajar, and let meringues sit in the oven until completely cool. Loosen from foil with metal spatula. Store loosely covered in cool dry place for up to 2 months.

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Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

13 calories; 0 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 9 mg sodium. 3.2 g carbohydrates; 0.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2005
Let me save you the headache of making the mistake I did... I have never made meringue before and I thought "How could 2 egg whites possible make 48???" So I doubled the recipe. I never did get "stiff peaks" so I dumped and started over this time following the recipe...mostly. I didn't have candycanes so I used peppermint extract and green food coloring. I followed one other poster's advice and used a ziploc baggie with a corner cut out to pipe out perfect little hershey's kiss sized meringues. I got at least 48! I found that after cooking for the 1.5 hrs I only had to let them sit in there for about an hour more and they were perfectly done. Very easy no fat probably could be done with splenda to be low cal as well. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/21/2010
These turned out flat as pancakes Read More
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654 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 138
  • 3 star values: 43
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 11
Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2005
Let me save you the headache of making the mistake I did... I have never made meringue before and I thought "How could 2 egg whites possible make 48???" So I doubled the recipe. I never did get "stiff peaks" so I dumped and started over this time following the recipe...mostly. I didn't have candycanes so I used peppermint extract and green food coloring. I followed one other poster's advice and used a ziploc baggie with a corner cut out to pipe out perfect little hershey's kiss sized meringues. I got at least 48! I found that after cooking for the 1.5 hrs I only had to let them sit in there for about an hour more and they were perfectly done. Very easy no fat probably could be done with splenda to be low cal as well. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2005
Let me save you the headache of making the mistake I did... I have never made meringue before and I thought "How could 2 egg whites possible make 48???" So I doubled the recipe. I never did get "stiff peaks" so I dumped and started over this time following the recipe...mostly. I didn't have candycanes so I used peppermint extract and green food coloring. I followed one other poster's advice and used a ziploc baggie with a corner cut out to pipe out perfect little hershey's kiss sized meringues. I got at least 48! I found that after cooking for the 1.5 hrs I only had to let them sit in there for about an hour more and they were perfectly done. Very easy no fat probably could be done with splenda to be low cal as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2010
As a long time meringue maker and daughter of professional bakers let me share a few tips. First of all check your oven temperature. Put a thermometer in your oven and see if it's running hotter than your set temp. Never put meringues on foil always use parchment paper. They slide right off. Never ever let any egg yolk get into your egg whites. They will not stiffen properly if even the smallest amount of egg yolk gets into your egg whites. Make sure you add the sugar slowly beating well in between each addition. Don't try to beat egg whites by hand always use a mixer. You need that extra speed and the air that gets into your whites with a mixer. Using a whisk will not achieve that result and a mixer is so much easier and quicker too. Bring your eggs to room temp before trying to beat them. It just works better. Adjust the baking time based on the size of your meringues. Never take the meringues out until they're completely cool. Once they're cool humidity shouldn't affect them at all. Meringues are so versatile and you can play with the flavors which makes them so much fun to make. They're really one of the easiest cookies you can make but you do have to be careful and you do have to follow the directions or they will be a flop. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2006
This is a great recipe but I just had to clarify one of the suggestions made by another reviewer. Meringue CANNOT be made with Splenda. It won't set correctly and will be a waste of your time promise. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2003
Very easy to make and turned out perfect! Next time I might add a drop of peppermint extract to the egg whites. By adding a little food coloring you can make these year-round (green for St. Patrick's Day red for Valentine's Day etc.) Instead of lining the cookie sheets with foil I used parchment paper with great results. A regular meringue cookie maker told me to never make meringues on a humid or rainy day because they will flop. You may want to keep this in mind when making them. I'll be making these again. They were impressive yet so simple (and inexpensive) to make!!! Great for low-fat dieters also!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2008
THESE MERINGUES ARE VERY GOOD. DID MAKE WITH 8 EGG YOLKS AND 2 CUPS OF SUGAR. CUT THE SUGAR IN HALF AND USED "SPLENDA - MEASURES THE SAME AS SUGAR" FOR THE OTHER HALF. CUTS WAY DOWN ON THE CALORIES. YOU CAN ADD ANY TYPE OF EXTRACT VANILLA MAPLE ETC...OR EVEN COCOA POWDER TO THESE TO CHANGE THE FLAVOR BUT REMEMBER TO ADD ALITTLE EXTRA SUGAR IF ADDING THE EXTRACT TO KEEP UP THE CONSISTENCY OF THE MERINGUES. THE MORE SUGAR THAT YOU ADD THE CRISPIER THEY BECOME. ALSO YOU CAN SPINKLE THESE WITH COLORED SUGAR CINNAMON AND SUGAR OR EVEN FLAVORED JELLO (ALSO YOU CAN PUT JELLO IN THEM FOR FRUIT FLAVORED MERINGUES) FOR FUN COLORS AND TASTE ADD MINI CHOCOLATE CHIPS KIDS LOVE THEM. ALLOW TO BAKE FOR THE FULL 90 MINUTES AND THEM SHUT THE OVEN OFF AND LEAVE IN OVEN FOR ANOTHER HOUR. IF COOKING MORE THAN ONE TRAY ADD ABOUT 10 MINUTES COOKING TIME FOR EACH TRAY AND ROTATE TRAYS 1/2 WAY THROUGH COOKING. THIS HELPS FOR ALL THE MOISTURE TO BE EVAPORATED. MERINGUES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE CRISP ALL THE WAY THROUGH NOT CHEWY IN THE CENTER. CAN PIPE THESE THROUGH A PASTRY PAG WITH LARGE DECORATIVE TIP TO MAKE FANCY MERINGUES. BEST TO BAKE ON PARCHMENT PAPER. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/01/2003
This was a fast and easy recipe. If you do want to add peppermint extract only 1/2 tea. is needed. any more makes the egg whites fall. Trust me. It took me 2 times to get it right. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2007
These are delicous and so pretty! I made the first batch as it stated then made one batch with about 1 tsp. of peppermint extract. You have to fold it in after everything else is done. I tried to add it when I was whipping the egg whites and it fell. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2007
These were a nice light treat. I put my eggs in a bowl of warm water to bring them to room temp. faster. My egg whites whipped up lickety split. I crushed the candy canes to a fine powder and mixed it in. Then I topped each one with a chocolate chip. Mmmm. And so easy too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2005
Just as i remembered as a kid. I did add in mini choc chips as well which made these great. Once warning if you are adding to a plate of cookies for serving make sure you add them last. I made up a few trays the evening before and found that these cookies pulled moisture from other cookies and became a little chewy. Before being added to the trays they were not that way. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/21/2010
These turned out flat as pancakes Read More
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