Meringue Cookies

Submitted by: Paulette Emberley
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Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: Fifteen Minutes
Total Time: More than 1 hour

2 egg whites
Pinch of cream of tartar
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 cup sugar
Red paste food colouring
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Beat in peppermint extract. Gradually beat in sugar until stiff, glossy peaks form. Fit a pastry bag with 1/4 inch plain tip. Using a small, clean paintbrush, brush inside of bag with 2 stripes of red food colouring opposite each other. Spoon meringue into bag. Pipe approximately 1 kisses about 1 apart onto parchment paper lined baking sheets. Bake in 200°F oven until dry, for about 1 and 1/2 hours. Turn off oven. Let stand in oven for 30 minutes. Transfer to racks to let cool. Makes about 70 kisses.

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