Mint Meringue Kisses
Peppermint meringue kisses a joined together by chocolate and add a crisp counterpoint to a minty dessert.
- Yield: Makes 90
Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2008
- Vegetable oil, cooking spray
- 4 large egg whites
- 1 cup sugar
- Pinch of cream of tartar
- 2 to 3 teaspoons pure peppermint extract
- Mint-green gel-paste food coloring
- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Lightly coat a parchment-lined baking sheet with spray. Whisk egg whites and sugar in a heatproof mixing bowl set over simmering water. Whisk until sugar dissolves and mixture is warm. Attach to mixer, add cream of tartar, and whisk on high until mixture is cooled, about 10 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low. Add peppermint and food coloring.
Transfer to a pastry bag with a 3/8-inch plain tip (Ateco No. 803). Pipe kisses on sheet, 1 inch apart. Bake until firm and easily removed, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Spread bottom of a kiss with chocolate, add a second kiss, and lay on its side until set. Repeat.