A nice light treat! Made from egg whites, these little jems are fat and cholesterol free. The long baking process at a low oven heat allows the meringues to "dry out". A nice tasting cookie with the addition of mint.

If you are not a fan of mint, omit the mint extract and use vanilla, orange or lemon to give them a different taste. Also try tinting all the ingredients to give them all over colour rather than stripes only. Pink would be nice for Valentine's or green for St. Patrick's Day.

So, if you are watching your waistline this time of year, as a lot of people are, have a kiss and don't feel one bit guilty for it! 

Meringue Kisses

  • 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.

What do you think?
These are sooo good, they melt in your mouth and they are very easy to make too!
Tammy Bennett

Mom, wife, baker, cook and lover of every cookie cutter and kitchen gadget there is, that's me!