I am continuing my festivities with these adorable Peppermint Meringues.

I used to have a fear of meringues, but recently I find myself excited to whip egg whites into stiff peaks and see what I can do with them!  I have been making french macarons,

cakes with meringue topping (coming soon!),

and these adorable little minty puffs that are perfect for a small bite of sweet when you get a craving.  Naturally, I couldn’t resist dipping them in chocolate, because minty chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations.

These would be great to make and have around as after dinner mints or they would be adorable packaged up in a cute cellophane bag or sparkly box to give to your coworkers or friends to make their days a bit more refreshing.

*Before you begin making these minty treats, here are a few tips:

  • You know when your egg whites are “stiff peaks” when you can tip the bowl that you are using upside down and the egg whites will not run or fall out.  They will stay put and when you lift your beater out of them, they stand straight up.
  • To get the red stripes on the meringues, dip a paintbrush (that has not been used to paint) in red gel food coloring and paint a few stripes down the piping bag from the tip about halfway up the top of the bag.
  • Store in a single layer and these are best made a day before or the day that you want to serve them.  They will store in an airtight container, but they become a bit more porous and not as glossy after about 3-4 days.

Chocolate-kissed Peppermint Meringues

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: about 4 dozen

Light and airy peppermint meringues dipped in semi-sweet chocolate

Ingredients

    For the meringues:
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • red gel food coloring
  • For the chocolate:
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Prepare a piping bag with a small star tip.
  4. Place egg whites and sugar into a small, heatproof bowl. Set over a pan of simmering water and stir over heat just until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat.
  5. Beat the egg white mixture with the whisk attachment of a stand mixer or a hand mixer until stiff peaks form (*see tips above and this will take several minutes, be patient).
  6. Paint 3-4 stripes of red gel food coloring inside the piping bag from the tip about halfway up the bag.
  7. Place half of egg white mixture into the bag and pipe star-shaped about 1-inch in diameter onto the prepared baking sheets. Refill bag with other half of egg white mixture and repeat.
  8. Bake until crisp, but not brown, about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  9. While the meringues cool, heat the chocolate chips in a small bowl in the microwave. Dip the bottoms of the meringues into the chocolate and place back onto baking sheet to set (you can place them in the refrigerator to increase the chocolate setting speed).
  10. Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's Cookies

And here is one more chocolatey, minty treat.  These Triple Chocolate Mint Fudgie Cookies were my favorite cookies that I made last year.

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6 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    These are gorgeous! And the chocolate dipped bottoms are the perfect touch. 🙂

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  2. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    I don’t know why I’m so scared to make meringues, but I fully intend on conquering that silly fear so I can have me some of these adorable minty ones! Seriously perfection.

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  3. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    These are adorable! They look so impressive too.

    Reply

  4. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

    These are perfect! I love peppermint and chocolate around the holidays! These would make a perfect addition to a Christmas cookie platter!

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  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 12:51 am

    I love meringues, these are adorable and so festive!

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  6. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    These are so sweet, Mercedes! What a gorgeous gift to give this time of year!

    Reply

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