Photo 365 #118

So how did my meringue cookies turn out?  Well…

...om nom nom!

…om nom nom!

I hopped out of bed bright and early this morning to retrieve them from the oven before Thumper had a chance to go exploring.  They looked good, they had a bit of crispness to them as I scraped them from the cookie sheet, and they tasted great.  But…

I remember my aunt’s cookies being crispy all the way through.  Mine are a little crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside.  They taste like marshmallows.

This is not a bad thing, mind you – I adore marshmallows, and have been known to eat them straight out of the bag.  But I wanted crispy, meringuey deliciousness, not marshmallows.

*sigh*

I guess that means I need to take another crack at those ice cream cookies next week for the 4-H cookie walk so that I can justify making more meringue cookies with the leftover egg whites. 🙂

Do you do Christmas cookies each year?  What are some of your favorite recipes?

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6 thoughts on “Photo 365 #118

  1. Mom says:

    Did you use Cream of Tartar while whipping them? Do you have a convection oven? They look fabulous (half the battle for Xmas cookies) and you get to eat the “duds” so I think they were a win-win!
    I’m a gingerbread gal…I have killed many a kitchenade mixing those babies 🙂

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      Yep – the recipe I had called for 3 egg whites, 1/2 tsp. of vanilla, 1/4 tsp. of cream of tartar, and 6 Tbs. of white sugar. I’d seen another meringue recipe in my cookbook, though, that involved salt and vinegar, and I don’t know how that would taste (I’m no expert on meringue, though, so maybe it would taste just fine). I have a regular oven; nothing fancy. But you’re right – they do look divine, if I do say so myself. Plus, the meringue cookies were strictly for family eating; there weren’t enough of them for the cookie walk, and I hate to think how many batches I’d have had to whip to get up to the requisite seven dozen for church. My arm was plenty tired last night as it was! 🙂

      I like gingerbread cookies, too, though I’ve never tried to make them myself. Last night was the first time I’ve ever made meringue, so maybe gingerbread should be next up on my experimental cookie list?

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  2. Sandi says:

    They look beautiful to me! Seven dozen of anything is a lot of baking.

    My mother sometimes makes meriunges, and I might have made them once, back in the pre-children Dark Ages. Roll-out sugar cookies are the main thing I make these days. I have made gingerbread cookies, too (in an ambitious era, we made houses; I really should have my younger son make one — he misses out on a lot b/c none of my other kids is close to his age).

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      They look good and taste great, but I do wish they were crispier. I still have another 20 dozen cookies to make next week, so maybe I can squeeze some more in then. My two older kids are supposed to take 10 dozen cookies apiece to their 4-H cookie walk. I’m gonna be a baking fool next week.

      I haven’t tried making gingerbread before, but it is really good. We used to make gingerbread houses when I was younger, but I think whoever it was we made them with bought a kit, so it wasn’t homemade (and it was hard as a rock, as I recall). I’m glad that my kids are at least similar in age; we had them in batches. Bubbles and Miss Tadpole are nine months apart, while Cricket and Thumper are thirteen months apart. There’s a seven-year gap between when Bubbles was born and when Cricket was born, but the four of them are all close regardless. I hope they maintain that closeness when they’re older. 🙂

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