Peppermint Meringues

peppermint meringues

Every year I make my husband’s bosses an assortment of my Christmas cookies. Since I actually didn’t make any cookies this year (with the exception of a few dozen for a family cookie swap I did in November) I wanted something that was delicious and festive to give in their place. Remember way back in the spring when I made these Citrus Meringues? Well ever since then I’ve been waiting for winter so that I can make this version of them, which happens to be my favorite! These melt in your mouth egg white meringues are flavored with peppermint, crunchy on the outside, soft in the middle and piped through an open star tip with red food coloring making them look just as good as they taste. These are really easy to make and most importantly inexpensive, so make a bunch for your family and friends this holiday! Make sure you keep reading after the recipe because I’m going to be adding a round up of ALL my holiday cookie recipes to this post! Preheat the oven to 175 degrees. Start off by separating 3 large eggs at room temperature. Place the whites in a heatproof bowl (keep the yolks to make Crème Brûlée!) along with 3/4 cup granulated sugar. Place that bowl over a pot of simmering water and stir for 2-3 minutes until the sugar has mostly dissolved and the whites are warm to the touch. Transfer to your mixer’s bowl and beat on medium-high heat until medium stiff peaks form. Mix in 1/2 tsp pure peppermint extract. Put a large star tip in a piping bag (I used wilton’s 2C tip) and paint vertical stripes in it with red gel food coloring. Put the meringue in the piping bag and pipe small dollops onto silpat lined baking sheets. Bake until dry to the touch, about an hour and 40 minutes. Store in airtight containers for up to one week.

These are probably the most recognizable holiday cookies as so many people make them every year… definitely an oldie but goodie, Hershey’s Kissed Peanut Butter Cookies:

PB Hershey Kiss Cookies

Next up is my great-grandmother’s Sugar Cookies. They are quite possibly the most unimpressive looking cookies but they are to die for!

Grandma Niks Sugar Cookies

I love, love, love Gingerbread Cookies… I love the smell and taste of the spices combined with the crunchy and sweet royal icing.

Gingerbread Cookies

I have tried about a million Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes and this is one of my favorites, nothing fancy just simple and delicious!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

These next one’s are the cookies that I made for my family’s cookie swap this year and they are my absolute favorite holiday cookie, my Chocolate Peppermint Cookies.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

These Bourbon Balls are a recipe that came from a woman my mother-in-law works with and I made them for the first time last year… they are SO good!

Bourbon Balls Done

These Decorated Sugar Cookies use the same dough from my great-grandmother’s cut outs but really step it up in the decorating process!

Decorated Cut Outs