Meringue Kisses

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  • Ingredients
    4 EGG WHITES, room temperature
    1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
    1-3/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
    2 cups ground almonds (8 oz.)

    Yields: 60 Servings

  • Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    Calories: 33

    Total Fat: 2 g
    Saturated fat: 0 g
    Polyunsaturated fat: 0 g
    Monounsaturated fat: 1 g

    Cholesterol: 0 mg
    Sodium: 4 mg
    Carbohydrates: 4 g
    Dietary Fiber: 0 g
    Protein: 1 g
    Vitamin A: 0 IU
    Vitamin D: 0 IU
    Folate: 1.7 mcg
    Calcium: 8.6 mg
    Iron: 0.1 mg
    Choline: 1.7 mg

    Vitamin C: 0 mg
    Vitamin E: 1.2 IU
    Trans Fat: 0 g
    Sugars: 4 g
    Potassium: 30.1 mg
    Magnesium: 8.7 mg
    Selenium: 0.5 mcg
    Phosphorus: 15.7 mg
    Vitamin B12: 0 mcg
    Vitamin K: 0 mcg
    Vitamin B6: 0 mg
    Copper: 0 mg
    Vitamin B1 – Thiamin: 0 mg
    Manganese: 0.1 mg
    Zinc: 0.1 mg
    Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin: 0 mg
    Vitamin B3 – Niacin: 0.3 mg
    Omega 3: 0 g
    Omega 6: 0.4 g

Directions

  1. HEAT oven to 225°F. BEAT egg whites and cream of tartar in mixer bowl with whisk attachment on high speed until foamy. Beating constantly, ADD sugar, 2 Tbsp. at a time, until whites are glossy and stand in stiff peaks.

  2. FOLD IN almonds. DROP meringue by tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

  3. BAKE in 225°F oven until firm, about 1 hour. Turn off oven. LET DRY in oven, with door closed, until cool and crisp, at least 1 hour.

Insider Info

Simple and gluten-free, try making these light, airy treats in flavors such as chocolate, citrus or mint.

Chocolate Kisses Variation: Omit ground almonds. Beat in 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 tsp. vanilla after stiff peaks have formed.

Citrus Kisses Variation: Omit ground almonds. Beat in 2 Tbsp. freshly grated orange peel and 1/2 tsp. lemon extract after stiff peaks have formed. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring, if desired.

Mint-Chocolate Chip Kisses Variation: Omit ground almonds. Beat in 1/2 tsp. mint extract and a few drops of green food coloring, if desired, after stiff peaks have formed. Fold in 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips.

Rocky Road Kisses Variation: Omit ground almonds. Beat in 2 tsp. vanilla after stiff peaks have formed. Fold in 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips and 1 cup finely chopped peanuts, pecans or almonds.

A dry day is best. Meringue kisses made on humid days absorb moisture from the air, causing them to flatten out when baked and to lose their crispness.

Substitution: 1 cup granulated sugar can be substituted for the powdered sugar. Beat after each addition until sugar is dissolved before adding the next. Rub a bit of meringue between thumb and forefinger; it should feel completely smooth.

Baking sheets can be lightly greased and floured, if desired.

Time saver: Kisses can be piped onto baking sheets from a pastry bag fitted with plain tip.

To store: Place meringue kisses in tightly sealed container, with waxed paper between layers.

To re-crisp: If stored kisses lose their crispness, bake in 200°F oven 15 to 20 minutes.

For more detailed meringue techniques and information, see Basic Hard Meringue.