Meringue Kiss Cookies

Makes about 80 quarter sized cookies

What you need:

4 egg whites

1 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Food coloring, optional
Chocolate Chips (if you want chocolate in the middle)

What to do:

Preheat oven to 175 degrees.

Line baking sheets with aluminum foil. (I used 2 cookie sheets for mine, but if you have a huge baking sheet you might only need one.

In the bowl of the mixer, mix together the egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar.

While this is mixing, fill a medium saucepan with about 2 inches of water and bring it to a simmer over medium heat.

Stop the mixer and remove the mixing bowl.

Place the mixing bowl on top of a medium sauce pan.

Using a hand whisk, gently whisk the mixture until the sugar dissolves. You'll need to continuously whisk this, just a slow whisk will work. Takes around 7-10 minutes. Do not the mixture get to hot or boil.

Once the sugar is dissolved, return the mixing bowl to the standing mixer.

Mix the egg/sugar mixture on high until stiff peaks form.

Should take about 5 minutes, maybe less. It should look like thick white glue.

Stir in the extract and food coloring now, if you are using any.

If you want the chocolate chips on the middle of the cookies, place chocolate chips about 2-inches apart on the the foil lined baking sheet, if you DON'T want chocolate in them, just skip this step :)

 Fit a icing piping bag (or a Ziploc bag with one of the ends cut off) with a large star tip.

Fill the piping bag with the meringue.

Pipe star shapes onto the lined baking sheets. Don't let them touch.

If wanting chocolate centers, pipe each start and center in on top of a chocolate chip.

Continue to pipe until all the meringue is used :)

Bake cookies in a 175F oven for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Cookies should be crisp and a stiff to the touch when done.

Turn off oven and crack open oven door. Let cookies set in oven for about 30 minutes. Remove carefully from oven, pan may still be hot.

Store Meringue Kiss Cookies in an airtight container!

If you make some with different color combos, and post about them leave me a link so I can see them!