Monday, July 8, 2013

Cotton Candy Meringues

I had never had a meringue, I wasn't sure what they even tasted like, but when I came across this recipe after some clicking through different blogs I had to give it a go.
While very sweet, these were a hit...and tasted just like cotton candy, complete with the melt in your mouth texture of real cotton candy.

yield: a lot of meringues ( more or less depending on how big you pipe them)

2 egg whites
1/8 tsp Cream of Tartar
1/2C superfine sugar
1 Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Cotton Candy Flavor Packet

  1. Preheat oven to 170°
  2. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper (or silpat).
  3. Fit a large piping bag with a star tip.
  4. Place the egg whites in a mixing bowl and whip them with an electric mixer on medium speed until frothy.
  5. Stop the mixer and add cream of tartar.
  6. Start mixer again and continue to beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
  7. Increase speed to high and gradually add in sugar and flavor packet.
  8. Beat egg whites until they are shiny and hold stiff peaks but are not dry or crumbly, about 8 minutes.
  9. Spoon the meringue into the piping bag and pipe onto prepared baking sheets.
  10. Bake the meringues for 90 minutes turning the cookie sheets 180 degrees halfway through baking.
  11. When meringues are done, turn off oven and let them stand for several hours or overnight.
  12. The meringues should be hard and dry to touch and you should be able to easily lift them from parchment.
  13. Enjoy!

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