December 17, 2023 38 Comments
This vanilla meringue cookie recipe will win your heart. Not only is it gluten free but it only has five ingredients and 9 calories per cookie!
There are so many great things about these cookies other than the fact that they require a little technique. But, if I can do it, you can! Unlike my almond clouds or my frozen chocolate chip cookie dough recipe, you have to pass the batter (which is a step I usually avoid).
These are beautiful, stay fresh in a tightly sealed container and are low in calories – only 9 calories per cookie!. This is what happens when you mix egg whites and sugar (and don’t use flour or butter).
This is culinary alchemy at its best, because beating the egg whites turns them into something else entirely – meringue.
The first step is to bring your egg whites to room temperature (I put the eggs in hot water for 15 minutes if I forget to take them out of the fridge). Then you beat them with the vanilla, cream of tartar and a little salt in addition to the tudil foam.
You add one tablespoon of sugar at a time while beating on high and you get the most amazing thing – a thick, glossy batter that solidifies when heated! How cool is that?
I have a stand mixer because my husband bought it, but you can do this with a hand mixer – it will take longer and your hand can get tired.
I used a star and a disposable piping bag – which you can find in the baking aisle of your grocery store next to the cupcake wrappers – and made cute circles. It’s really not hard – I’m terrible at this sort of thing and managed to make the following.
Then bake them at 250F for 45 minutes and leave them in the oven with the oven off for an hour to dry out. Store them in an airtight container (very important).
These take time, but they don’t take money and people love them. Especially those who try to avoid the heavier stuff (I’m looking at you Christmas fudge).