Allow me to share with you what I think might just be one of the best and healthiest Christmas cookie recipes I’ve ever made. They are peppermint meringues, and they are gorgeous, delicate, crispy, chewy and minty all at the same time.
Can you even handle it?
Oh, and do I get extra points for sharing a Christmas recipe that has 0 grams of fat and 61 calories per serving? I do? Gee, thanks! Let’s celebrate and have about a half dozen or so, guilt-free.
Here are the mints. Now you see them…
…now you don’t.
So you could crush up your mints in a food processor, or depending on your stress level you may choose to work out your aggressions by whacking at them with a rolling pin. But it’s Christmas! Let’s be merry. Maybe leave the rolling pin resting safely in your baking drawer until, oh I don’t know, tax day.
Next, whip up your egg whites and add powdered sugar.
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One quick note: I gave these as gifts to the teachers at Emma’s pre-school. They make for adorable Christmas gifts!
(Adapted, barely, from Heather Christo’s Candy Cane Meringues. Makes 18.)
What You’ll Need:
4 egg whites, at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup crushed peppermints or candy canes
Preheat the oven to 185 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Whip egg whites until foamy. Slowly add powdered sugar and whip on medium-high speed until whites are shiny and stiff, about 10 minutes.
Using a food processor or a zip lock bag and rolling pin, crush peppermints until finely chopped. Fold mints into the egg whites.
Using a spoon, place small dollops of the egg whites onto the prepared baking sheet.
Bake 2 hours until meringues are crispy on the outside. They may be slightly sticky on the inside so don’t worry as you are removing them from the paper.
TOTAL: $2.23 or $.12 per serving.
Wondering how on earth I arrived at these costs? Take a look at my shopping guide to show see what I pay for items, per serving, etc.
61 calories per cookie
0 grams of fat
1 gram protein
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