When I first saw this recipe I wanted to make them for two reasons. First in honor of my sister who lives far away from here, she's a big fan of peppermint. And secondly, because I have never tasted meringues before and they intrigued me. These were super cute because they were swirled with red and white and had a great peppermint flavor to them. They just burst and then melted in your mouth. I will be making another batch of these soon even though the holidays are behind us. They are simple and taste great, what more can you ask for in a treat?
from Joy the Baker
3 large egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
red gel paste food coloring
Preheat oven to 175 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Put the egg whites and sugar in a metal bowl of a stand mixer. Place over a pot of simmering water and stir until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is warm to the touch, about 3 minutes. Return the bowl to the stand mixer and beat on high until the meringue reaches stiff peaks, about 5 minutes. Add peppermint extract.
Meanwhile, use a small paint brush to paint stripes on the inside of a pastry bag with the food coloring. When the meringue is ready, fill the pastry bag and pipe into shapes about the size of a quarter. Bake for 1 hour 40 minutes until meringue is crisp but not browned. Store in an air tight container. Enjoy!