Friday, December 18, 2009

Santa Hat Confections

These "cookies" are so melt in your mouth yummy!
Dan's family refers to them as styrofoam cookies.
Give em a try they are fun to make!
I didn't have any red sugar, so I took food coloring paste and put it in a bag
of white sugar and I squished it all around. I didn't get red, more of a darker
pink..but ole well I think they are still cute :)

  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Red colored sugar
  1. Heat the oven to 200ยบ F. With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks start to form. Beating all the while, add the cream of tartar and vanilla extract, then slowly add the 1/2 cup of sugar. Continue to beat until the peaks stiffen.

  2. Spoon the meringue into a quart-size plastic bag. Snip off a corner and pipe 2 dozen 1 1/2-inch-tall Santa hat triangles onto a parchment-lined baking sheet (you should have about 1/4 of the meringue left).

  3. Sprinkle the triangles with the red sugar, then use the remaining meringue to give each one a pom-pom and trim. Bake the hats until they're hard but not browned, about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the hats in it for an hour to crisp before removing.

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