Dec 12, 2011
Meringue kisses for Christmas...
For me, Christmas isn't the same without meringue kisses! When I was growing up these sugary sweet treats were my favourite holiday indulgence and we only ever made them at Christmas time. They are super easy to whip up and if you have kids they will love helping you! My mom always got me involved with making these and I was very proud to be in charge of adding the sugar bit by bit and putting sprinkles on as well as tying the strings on so we could hang these on our tree.
Because these cookies don't go stale, as long as you're not setting up your tree on the first day of October, they last a good while as decorations and you can eat them. I know they are traditional in many European countries along with hanging candies on the tree (which my mom still does) and I'm not talking about candy canes, I'm talking about yummy chocolates with gooey goodness on the inside wrapped in fancy paper. When we were kids, my brother and I used to sneak these candies from the tree leaving the wrappers behind and stuffing them with bits of crumpled paper so our parents didn't know we stole the insides. That could of course get embarrassing for mom when she'd invite our guests to take a candy from the tree...
I love these meringue kisses because you can make them look really fancy, you can add sprinkles or dust them with cocoa and you can make them any colour or flavour you wish because the basic ingredients are egg whites and sugar. With these ones though, I wasn't too worried about making them fancy. I wanted them to be playful and imperfect, like a kid had made them, because after all, they remind me of my childhood.
Do you hang anything edible on your tree? Cranberries, popcorn garlands, cookies or candy?
Photos by: me, Kinga Subject....ps, if you'd like the recipe I'd be glad to send it along.
Note: I feel the need to clarify that you shouldn't leave these cookies out for a long period of time (like weeks lol). We used to put up our tree on the 24th of December and all the meringue decorations would be gone in the following day or two...so if you make them, put them on your tree for a short time only...they are so good they shouldn't last too long anyway.
Posted by Kinga