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February 18, 2014

 

Very Vanilla Meringue CookiesFriday was Valentines day, a day of love and gestures of kindness. I enjoy Valentines day even though some just pass over it as a “hallmark holiday,” regardless, I like to treat it as a day to do kind things. Not just for someone I am in a relationship with, but just for people in general. I also love hearts, the symbol is tattooed on my left wrist to remind myself of all the love I have in my life. My family, my friends, my world is filled with love and whenever I feel down, sometimes, I just touch the heart on my wrist, and remind myself that somewhere one of my people is loving me from the bottom of their heart. But on a less deep level, I just like hearts, I leave them on cakes that I make, paint them on my nails and buy jewelry of the anatomically incorrect symbol.

 

 

Vanilla meringuesI also enjoy making people sweet treats for Valentines day, just to show them that I am thinking of them and I appreciate them. Recently I have been craving some yummy cookies and when meringues popped into my head, I immediately latched onto that idea. Yes, meringue cookies, such happiness in a light confection. Very simplistic to make, and you can make them as easy or difficult as you want. Eat them alone, dip them in chocolate, make   cookie sandwiches. . . there are so many possibilities, and they melt in your mouth. I used a vanilla bean paste, which is essentially a paste to use in place  of an actual vanilla bean, 1 tablespoon is equivalent to 1 vanilla bean and the bottle was around 6 dollars, so you can see how this could be beneficial to your wallet what with Vanilla beans being quite expensive. The recipe calls for just vanilla but I also love almond extract in conjunction with vanilla so I added about 1 tsp of almond extract to my batch on top of the vanilla that the recipe calls for. Whether or not you add the almond extract, they will still be delicious. Bake away and enjoy ♥

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Vanilla Bean Meringue Cookies
Melt in your mouth delicious meringue cookies.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
Cookies
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
Cookies
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 225° And line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Take some pan spray and spray the tops of the parchment to make it easier to release the cookies from the parchment after baked.
  2. Combine egg whites and cream of tartar in your mixer, and whip on medium speed until soft peaks start to form. Once it has some structure, start to sprinkle in the granulated sugar a little at a time, followed by the powdered sugar.
  3. Whisk the meringue until stiff peaks begin to form. Split the vanilla bean down the middle and scrape out the seeds into the whites. Add the extract and continue whisking until evenly distributed. If you want to color the meringues add the food coloring here.
  4. Once the mixture is at stiff peaks, stop whisking and fill a piping bag with the meringue. I used a 1M tip to pipe mine into swirls, you can also use a plain round tip and make simple meringue kisses as well.
  5. Pipe the mix out into little swirls or kisses and place into the oven for 1 1/2 hrs.
  6. The meringues will be completely dry and set up when finished, allow to cool to room temp.
  7. Melt the chocolate in a shallow dish and set a bowl aside filled with whatever sprinkles you would like to coat the base with (sprinkles are completely optional).
  8. Once the cookies have cooled, pick them up and dip just the base in chocolate, letting the excess drip off, and them dipping into the sprinkles for a colorful effect.
  9. Let cool and munch away ♥
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