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Video:Meringue Cookies

with Rachel Edelman

Meringue cookies strike the perfect balance of sweetness. Try whipping up a batch of these delectable treats at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:Meringue Cookies

Hi, I'm Rachel Edelman for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to make meringue cookies.

Meringue Cookie Ingredients

For this recipe, you will need:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Mix the Eggs, Vinegar, and Salt

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Crack open the eggs and separate them, so only the whites are in your large mixing bowl.

Pour in the vinegar and salt. Place a hand held mixer on high speed and beat them all together. Keep beating until the mixture is foamy and has doubled in volume.

Add the Extracts and Sugar

For flavor, add the almond extract and the vanilla. Clear vanilla helps keep the meringues a whiter color.

Then, add the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Keep beating until all the sugar is in. You'll see that there are firm peaks when you lift the mixer. That means it's ready to be baked.

Create the Meringue Cookie Shapes

For a freeform cookie, take a teaspoon of the meringue and drop it onto a paper-lined cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.

For a designed cookie, use a pastry bag or just a cut plastic bag. Squeeze the meringue onto the sheets.

Bake the Meringue Cookies

Bake them for 25 minutes, or until they are crisp. Remove the brown paper with the cookies to a cooling rack. Let them cool completely before you remove them from the paper.

Store the meringue cookies in a tightly covered container.

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