Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Peppermint Meringue Christmas Trees


Peppermint Meringue Christmas Trees

Has any of you gotten the Christmas tree up yet?  I can’t believe Christmas is only 2 weeks away.  And I can’t believe our tree is still not up yet (I guess that’s not a surprise to many of you who knows me well).  Well, except for these Peppermint Meringue Christmas Trees!  Only if that counts.  Besides baking French Macarons on a regular basis throughout December, I think I’m on a meringue cookies baking marathon these days as well.

Peppermint Meringue Christmas Trees

I guess I love meringue cookies a lot, not only they are easy to bake, low in fat, but also very magical.  I truly enjoy the light-as-air and crunchy texture from the meringue.  As soon as you bite into one, it mysteriously disappeared.  Plus, I can simply make them into different flavors and shapes easily, like these Peppermint Meringue Christmas Trees.  With this batch, I only added 2 drops of food coloring, so they appear a little pale (I’m not a big fan of food coloring).  But if you want a darker shade, feel free to add a drop or two more until the batter reaches the shade that you prefer.

Peppermint Meringue Christmas Trees

Besides eating these cookies as the way they are.  You can of course package them as homemade gifts.  I used them to decorate another Christmas treat and I’ll show you on the next post.  Also, you can drop one into your coffee, or hot cocoa and turn your drink into a peppermint version.  Not only it tastes fabulous, it’s also very festive.  Watch it melt slowly into your drink.  The meringue will slightly sweeten your drink and adds wonderful peppermint aroma.  Enjoy! 

Peppermint Meringue Christmas Trees




Peppermint Meringue Christmas Trees: (Printable Recipe)

3 eggs whites
a pinch of kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon of peppermint extract
1-2 drops of green food coloring
some star shape sprinkles

Preheat oven to 200 degree F.  In the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites, salt and cream of tartar on medium high until foamy.  Slowly add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time.  Beat until stiff peak forms.  Add peppermint extract and food coloring until incorporated.

Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a close star tip and pipe 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch wide cookies, 1-inch apart from one another.  Bake for 1 hour, rotate the baking pan and bake for another hour.  Then, turn off oven and let the meringue cookies cool in the oven completely, at least 2 hours or preferably, overnight.

When the meringue cookies are completely cooled, add a drop of icing on the tip and attach the star shape sprinkle on top of your tree.  Store in an air tight container in a cool dark place. 

Peppermint Meringue Christmas Trees

25 comments:

  1. Nice, light and refreshing meringue...
    what a great and creative decorative sweet bites for christmas!

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  2. These are so cute! And great for the hot chocolate. :-)

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  3. Hi Amy , what gorgeous Meringue Christmas tres , so cute ... past me a couple , thanks for sharing :)

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  4. Wait, is it really 2 weeks away?? I love these - too adorable!

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  5. These meringues are adorable! I've never made them and have always wanted to. I didn't realize how easy they were. I love the one floating in your hot chocolate! What a treat ♥ Love these!!!

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  6. We have the tree up with lights, but no ornaments yet. ;-) Terrific looking meringue trees! These are so cute. Great idea - thanks.

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  7. That is so creative and adorable!

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  8. I just saw similar ones and was tempted..you may have just inspired me to make a few this weekend..too cute-

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  9. These look wonderful! I love meringues. Merry Christmas Amy!

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  10. Amy your creativity knows no bounds!!! Trying this too. Merry Christmas and God bless you and your family.

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  11. Amy your creativity knows no bounds!!! Trying this too. Merry Christmas and God bless you and your family.

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  12. How adorable and festive are these little meringue trees!

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  13. These peppermint meringues are so adorable! I love that you piped them into festive trees:)

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  14. Oh these are so nice and festive. Would you like to link it to my Christmas event? http://goodyfoodies.blogspot.com/2013/12/baby-sumos-christmas-recipes-collection.html

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  15. Hello Amy, your meringue swirl really makes them look like christmas trees. Oh, what a great idea to drop them into coffee to make the coffee pepperminty.

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  16. So lovely and delicious Amy!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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  17. oh these meringue trees look super cute and we are feeling so tempted to bake a batch today,thanks for sharing :-)

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  18. Wooo...this X'mas tree meringue so cute :)

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  19. These are so pretty, I would love to try them.

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  20. Amy These are sooooo CUTE!! I love the peppermint flavor and the Christmas trees makes them so much more festive! Love it! I need to get some cream of tartar this week so I can make these cute little meringues too!
    xxoo Anna

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  21. They are adorable and what a great idea to add to your coffee or hot cocoa. Wishing you a super weekend. BAM

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  22. Hi Amy, I love this cute and pretty meringue. Very creative idea.

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  23. These are so pretty, Amy! I love the little stars on top. Takes steady hands, I'm sure ;)

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  24. These meringue cookies are so cute! I never thought a little star will change the whole thing. What a creative idea! These would be great bake gifts.

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