Light, crunchy ethereal meringues are the perfect vehicle for the clean, bracing flavor of peppermint.
Watch Abby demonstrate this and two other four-ingredient desserts in her Holiday Cookies Video Series. And if you think Abby's four-ingredient cookies are cool, watch how she transforms four ingredients into crowd-pleasing frosty treats.
Heat the oven to 175°F. Line 1 large cookie sheet with parchment (not a nonstick liner). Sift the confectioner’s sugar twice to remove all lumps and divide into two fairly equal portions.
Put the egg whites in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until foamy. Increase the speed to medium high and beat until the whites hold soft peaks. Continue beating while gradually adding one portion of confectioner’s sugar. Beat until firm, glossy peaks form. Add the peppermint extract and mix briefly. Sift the remaining confectioner’s sugar over the meringue and gently fold in until blended.
Scoop the meringue into a large pastry bag fitted with a large (#8) star tip. Pipe swirled kisses (about 1-1/2 inches wide and 2 inches high) about 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheet. Sprinkle the finely chopped peppermint candies over the kisses.
Bake until dry and crisp, about 3 hours. Turn the oven off and let the meringues cool in the oven for 1 hour. Serve immediately or cover and store at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Photo: Kate Sears