Saturday, October 6, 2012

Halloween Meringue Ghost Cookies

Here is a very easy and fun recipe to make for Halloween.  You may wish to double it if you are making them for a party.

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F.   Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Make sure your bowl is very clean and has no oil or grease on it to get stiff meringue.

3 egg whites at room temperature
¼ tsp. cream of tarter
¾ cup fine sugar
Vanilla or flavoring of your choice (Optional)
Miniature chocolate chips

Beat your egg white at medium speed until foamy.  Add cream of tarter.  If you do not have cream of tarter you can use ¼ tsp. of salt.  It will also stabilize the egg whites.  Just beat until egg whites are at soft peak stage. 

Add ¾ cup of fine sugar.  If you do not have fine sugar, don’t go out and buy it.  You can put you sugar into your blender and blend it for 2 minutes.

Add the sugar slowly to the egg whites until you have stiff peaks.  You peaks should be stiff and shiny.  Test the meringue with your finger tips to feel if there is any grit.  If you can feel the sugar, beat some more until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Add 1 tsp. of pure vanilla for flavor.  You could also substitute a teaspoon of mint extract for a mint cookie.  I use this at Christmas as put in green food coloring and miniature chocolate chips for a great mint meringue cookie.  If you want your ghosts to have color you can always add a drop of food coloring.

Put the meringue into a large baggie or pastry bag.  Cut a hole in the tip of the baggie and squeeze out the meringue to form your ghost.  It should make about 9 cookies.

Place in your oven for 1 ½ hours at 200 degrees F. 

After 1 ½ hours check your cookies.  They should have a nice crust on the outside.  If they lift off the parchment paper, they are done.  Take out of the oven and cool off the cookie sheet. 

The cookie should be crusty on the outside and soft in the middle. 

This is a great cookie to make with the kids.  It is gluten free and dairy free.  It is a perfect cookie for Saylor and I to make next week.  

Get in the kitchen with your kids or grandkids.  Make this a memorable Halloween for you and them.  Be happy and may God bless you and yours.   

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