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Peppermint Meringues Recipe

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Peppermint Meringues

Peppermint meringues make a tasty holiday treat with their light, airy texture and refreshing peppermint flavor. You only need a few simple ingredients like egg whites, sugar, and crushed peppermint candies to create these delightful bites.

As you whisk the egg whites, the mix transforms into a foamy, smooth base ready for baking. These meringues are easy to prepare, perfect for both beginner and experienced bakers alike. Whether you’re making them for a festive gathering or as a gift, they are sure to impress.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

When making peppermint meringues, you’ll need just a few basic ingredients. Here’s a list, along with possible substitutes you can use.

Ingredients:

  • Egg Whites: Use fresh eggs or pasteurized liquid egg whites. For a vegan option, you can try aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas).
  • Sugar: Granulated white sugar works best. You can substitute it with superfine sugar for smoother meringues.
  • Cream of Tartar: Helps stabilize the egg whites. Lemon juice or white vinegar can be used as a substitute (1 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar for 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar).
  • Salt: Just a pinch to enhance flavor. You can skip it if you prefer.
  • Peppermint Extract: Adds the signature minty flavor. If you don’t have peppermint extract, try a combination of vanilla and a crushed candy cane for a similar taste.

Optional:

  • Crushed Candy Canes: Sprinkle on top for added texture and flavor.
  • Food Coloring: Red or green food coloring can be added for a festive look. Natural food colorings like beet or matcha powder are also options.

Example Measurements:

IngredientAmount
Egg Whites4 large
Sugar1 cup
Cream of Tartar1/2 teaspoon
SaltPinch
Peppermint Extract1/2 teaspoon
Crushed Candy Canes1/2 cup
Food Coloring (optional)A few drops

Keep in mind that accuracy in measuring and following the steps is essential to ensure perfect meringues. Happy baking!

Instructions

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Crushed candy canes (optional)

Steps:

1. Preheat the Oven:
Set your oven to 250°F (120°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Prepare the Egg Whites:
In a large bowl, combine egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt. Use a mixer on medium speed until the mixture becomes foamy, about 2 minutes.

3. Add Sugar Gradually:
Slowly add sugar to the mixture while beating. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form, about 7-8 minutes.

4. Mix in the Peppermint Extract:
Gently fold in the peppermint extract until well combined.

5. Shape the Meringues:
Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets. If you like, sprinkle crushed candy canes on top.

6. Bake:
Place the sheets in the oven and bake for about 90 minutes. The meringues should be dry and lift off the parchment paper easily.

7. Cool:
Turn off the oven and let the meringues cool inside it with the door slightly open, for around 30 minutes.

Enjoy making these delicious peppermint meringues!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

For the best peppermint meringues, start with room temperature egg whites. Fresh eggs work best. Separate your eggs while they are still cold.

Here’s a quick trick: add cream of tartar to help stabilize the egg whites. If you don’t have cream of tartar, use a splash of lemon juice or vinegar.

When adding sugar, do it gradually. This helps it dissolve better and avoids grainy meringues.

Piping meringue? Use a piping bag fitted with a star tip. If you want festive meringues, add a few drops of red or green food coloring to the sides of your piping bag before filling it.

Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake meringues slowly at a low temperature. They should be crisp on the outside and slightly chewy inside.

Storing peppermint meringues correctly keeps them fresh. Cool them completely before placing in an airtight container. Store at room temperature away from moisture.

To freeze meringues, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze until solid, then transfer to a bag or container. These can last up to a month in the freezer.

Here’s a quick list of key tips:

  • Use fresh, room temperature egg whites
  • Gradually add sugar
  • Preheat the oven properly
  • Store in an airtight container
  • Freeze for long-term storage

Following these tips will ensure your peppermint meringues are perfect every time. Enjoy baking!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Recipe Variations

  • Chocolate Peppermint Meringues: Add 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the egg whites before beating to combine chocolate flavor with peppermint.
  • Swirled Colors: Use a toothpick to add a few drops of red or green food coloring into the meringue mixture for festive swirls.
  • Vanilla-Peppermint Meringues: Substitute 1/2 teaspoon of the peppermint extract with vanilla extract for a milder flavor.

Serving Suggestions

  • Holiday Desserts: Serve these meringues on a holiday dessert platter. They pair well with cookies, brownies, and other festive treats.
  • Gift Boxes: Package them in decorative boxes or jars. Add a ribbon for a lovely homemade gift.
  • Toppings: Use crushed candy canes or colorful sprinkles as toppings before baking for added crunch and color.

Pairing Ideas

  • Hot Cocoa: Enjoy peppermint meringues with a cup of hot cocoa. The meringue can melt slightly in the hot drink, adding a fun twist.
  • Ice Cream: Crumble the meringues over vanilla or peppermint ice cream for a crunchy topping.
  • Coffee: Pair them with a warm cup of coffee or a latte for a sweet treat during break time.

Mix and match these ideas to create your perfect peppermint meringues!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.