Saturday, December 18, 2010

Here Come the Christmas Cookies!!

The cookie baking is well underway!   Here's a new recipe I tried this year and  it has only 4 ingredients.  My DH loved them so much I had to hide them so there would be some for the cookie trays....:-D

  This recipe came from Fine Cooking.  Super Yummy!

Peppermint Meringue Kisses

1 c. confectioner's sugar
Whites from 2 large eggs
1/8 t. pure peppermint extract
1/3 c. finely chopped peppermint hard candies 

(A good way to work out your stress!  Just put the peppermints in a doubled zip type freezer bag, grab a meat mallet and pound away.  You want very small pieces.)

Heat the oven to 175 degrees.  Line 1 large cookie sheet with parchment (do not use a non-stick liner).  Sift the confectioner's sugar twice to remove all lumps and divide into two fairly equal portions.

Put the egg whites in a medium bowl.  Beat with an electric mixer on med. speed until foamy.  Increase the speed to medium high and beat until the whites hold soft peaks.  Continue beating while gradually adding one portion of the confectioner's sugar.  Beat until firm, glossy peaks form.  Add the peppermint extract and mix briefly.  Sift the remaining confectioner's sugar over the meringue and gently fold in until blended.

Scoop the meringue into a large pastry bag fitted with a large star tip.  Pipe swirled kissed (about 1-1/2 inches wide and 2 inches high) about 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheet.  Sprinkle the finely chopped peppermint candies over the kisses.

Bake until dry and crisp, about 3 hours.  Turn the oven off and let the meringues cool in the oven for 1 hour.  Serve immediately or cover and store at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Enjoy...more cookies on the way!

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