Meringue Trees

Posted on 12/15/2012 by dome_girl
Winter wonderland meringue trees
There's no snow in sight for Vancouver, so I made my own little winter wonderland with meringue trees.
I don't really know if meringues count as a cookie or a confection, but whatever they are, I need a constant supply of them in my life. Consider that a New Years Resolution: I want to be at least 50% meringue by next Christmas.

Easy to make, bake, and even easier to eat, these little crunchy pillows of sweetness are perfect for the holidays. A hint of peppermint adds a little extra holiday charm.

For more pictures, and to see a LEGO family picking out their favourite tree, head to Leanne Bakes!

Meringue Winter Wonderland Recipe
adapted from Bakers Royale

4 eggs whites
1 cup sugar
1/8 tsp tartar
1/8 teaspoon of mint extract
a couple of drops of green food coloring
2 packs of Rolos
1/4 cup icing sugar

Line a baking sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment, and heat the oven to 200F.

Heat the egg whites, sugar, and tartar in the top of a double boiler, whisking until the sugar has dissolved.

Pour into a (very very) clean bowl of a stand mixer, and add the mint. Beat on medium for a few minutes, and then add the food colouring. It’s okay if it’s quite dark green at this point – it will lighten up considerably.

Beat on medium high (I had my Kitchen Aid at about 6 or 7) until stiff peaks form.

Using a large star tip, pipe the meringue into tree shapes, about an inch or two wide, directly onto the parchment.

Bake for 2 hours, and allow them to cool inside along with the oven.

When you’re ready to serve, gently sprinkle icing sugar onto the serving platter. Place Rolos down as tree stumps, and plop the meringue trees on top. Gently sprinkle more icing sugar over top.
si_anenome 16th-Dec-2012 02:32 am (UTC)
Ermahgerd. Those are adorable!
magedragonfire 16th-Dec-2012 02:44 am (UTC)
Oh, it didn't snow there this morning? :3 We had some in New West, and there a whole bunch over in Surrey well into the afternoon!

These are pretty adorable, though. I might have to make some for my Christmas bake-a-thon.
miss_sarac 16th-Dec-2012 06:34 am (UTC)
Those are so pretty!
wife_and_mom 16th-Dec-2012 08:20 am (UTC)
Those are almost too cute to eat haha. Sounds delicious, I just might have to try!
suzie2qute 16th-Dec-2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
These are awesome! And the Lego family picking out a tree, priceless! Loved it!
querulouspeg 16th-Dec-2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
These are SO cute and look much more complicated than the recipe suggests! Def trying! Thanks!
layers_of_eli 16th-Dec-2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
These are just TOO cute!!
tsuki_no_bara 17th-Dec-2012 02:57 am (UTC)
these are so incredibly cute! and minty, yum.
sara_k_s 17th-Dec-2012 06:23 am (UTC)
What a cool idea!
rawh_bin 17th-Dec-2012 09:58 am (UTC)
it snowed for like half an hour here in the valley yesterday!!
isha_chan 23rd-Dec-2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
I made them today and the taste sooo good *_*
Mine doesn't look as good as yours but at least the taste is right!
helblonde 29th-Jan-2013 08:25 am (UTC)
I want to make these with brownies for trunks. :)
love_spent 1st-Mar-2013 12:36 am (UTC)
these look divine
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