November 29, 2022 37 notes
This Vanilla Meringue Cookie recipe will win your heart. Not only is it gluten-free but it only has five ingredients and 9 calories per cookie!
There are many great things about these cookies except for the fact that they use little technology. But, if I can do it, so can you! Unlike my Almond Clouds or my Frozen Chocolate Cookie Dough recipe, you have to pipe the batter (which is a step I’d normally avoid).
They’re pretty, they stay fresh in a tightly sealed container, and they’re low in calories. Only 9 calories per cookie!, This is what happens when you mix egg whites and sugar (and don’t use any flour or butter).
It’s baking alchemy at its best because beating the crap out of egg whites transforms them into something else entirely — meringue.
The first step is to bring your egg whites to room temperature (I put the eggs in warm water for 15 minutes if I forget to take them out of the fridge). Then you beat them with vanilla, cream of tartar, and a dash of salt, until frothy.
You add the sugar a tablespoon at a time as you beat on high speed and you get the most amazing thing – a thick, glossy batter that solidifies when heated! how cool is that?
I have a stand mixer because my husband bought it but you can do this with a hand mixer – it will take longer and your hand may get tired.
I used a star tip and a disposable piping bag — both of which you can get in the baking aisle of your grocery store next to the cupcake wrappers — and made cute little circles. It’s really not that hard – I’m terrible at this sort of thing and I managed to make the ones below.
Then, you bake them at 250 F for 45 minutes and leave them in the oven for an hour to dry them out. Store them in an airtight container (very important).
They take time, but they don’t cost money and people like them. Especially those trying to avoid the heavy stuff (I’m looking at you Christmas Fudge).