Coffee Meringues

 

I make these pretty often whenever I have a bunch of leftover egg whites – and somehow people really like it! The flavor variations are infinite. For this batch we have Coffee, and Mint Chocolate!

 

Coffee and Mint Chocolate Meringues
Makes 30 cookies
Ingredients

Coffee Meringues adapted from The Spruce Eats
2 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Coffee powder
Peppermint extract

To make Meringue kisses

Preheat the oven to 250 F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

Place the egg whites and salt in a large mixing bowl. Using electric beaters or an electric stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on high speed for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the sugar a tablespoon at a time while beating continuously on medium-high speed until the meringue is glossy and holds stiff peaks, about 10 to 12 minutes.

With a spatula, fold in the coffee / mint extract and vanilla until the coffee is mixed in just enough to create stripes.

Pipe meringues on a cookie sheet and bake for 2 hours until hollow. Turn the oven off and leave the oven door partially open. Leave the meringues in the oven for at least another hour.

Remove the meringues from the oven and carefully peel them from the paper. If they stick at all, return them to the oven for another 30 minutes to finish drying out. Cool completely on oven racks. Store in an airtight container.

 

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