Grinch Meringues

cuisine French
difficulty Moderate
makes 24 cookies
season Winter

Ingredients

200 grams200 grams caster sugar 100 milliliters100 milliliters egg whites, room temperature 1 teaspoon1 teaspoon white vinegar 1 teaspoon1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract green food coloring gel 24 Candy Heart Gems

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 260 degrees F. and line three baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Spread the sugar onto a parchment lined SHEET BAKING PAN and warm it in the oven for about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the egg whites into the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk the egg whites on high speed until they form stiff peaks.
  4. When the egg whites are stiff, add the warm sugar, a tablespoon at a time, and continue to whisk. Thoroughly whisk in each tablespoon before adding more sugar.
  5. Once all the sugar has been added, whisk the egg whites until stiff and glossy, about 5 to 6 more minutes.
  6. Add the vinegar, vanilla and 3 drops of the green food coloring gel to the egg whites, and whisk for 2 additional minutes (if not green enough, add another drop or 2 until desired color).
  7. Use a large (1 1/2”) cookie scoop, drop 6 meringues onto each baking tray.
  8. Place the trays in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the meringues to dry out for a few hours, or overnight.
  9. Brush the back of a candy heart with a tiny bit of water to adhere a heart gem onto each meringue.
  10. Remove the meringues from the parchment and store in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days.