Peppermint Kisses Cookies
2 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 to 1/2
teaspoon peppermint extract, to taste
2/3 cup C&H® Granulated Sugar
and green food coloring, paste or gel
whites, cream of tartar and peppermint extract in deep mixing bowl. Beat on high
setting until whites form soft peaks. Gradually add sugar, 1 tbsp. at a time,
continuing to beat on the highest setting, until mixture is shiny and will hold
a stiff peak.
Preheat oven to 300°F. Arrange both racks spaced in center
of oven—you will be baking two sheets at a time (this time, it's OK to stack!)
Line two large baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper. Fit two 10-inch
pastry bags with large round tips (we used tip #1A). Fold edge of bag backward,
like a cuff, to keep the mouth wide. This will make “stripe painting” a snap.
Using small paintbrush, paint several “stripes” of red food color inside one
pastry bag. Be sure to start painting inside the tip and carry the stripes up to
2/3 height of the bag. Fill bag with ½ the mixture and immediately pipe “kisses”
about ½ inch apart on the lined baking sheet.
Repeat this process, using
the remaining pastry bag, green food coloring and remaining egg white mixture.
Place both baking sheets in oven together; bake 10 minutes. Turn off oven; allow
baking sheets to remain in oven with door closed for additional 30-40 minutes or
until crisp, but not browned. Carefully remove “kisses” from baking sheets;
store in airtight container at room temperature.
YIELDS about 5 dozen
Gel and paste food coloring are available wherever cake
decorating supplies are sold.
Used with permission from C&H Sugar
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