With a little green food coloring and egg whites, build a forest of fluffy meringue cookies shaped like trees. You can create a unified stand of ever-tasty evergreens or make each tree unique with your own dazzling decorative flourishes. This Christmas Meringue Cookie recipe makes it easy to grow the holiday spirit at every gathering.
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- Preheat oven to 200°F.
- Place egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in a heatproof bowl. Set bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, about 3 to 4 minutes.
- Take bowl from saucepan, add 1 or 2 drops of green food coloring, and beat mixture with an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, starting on low speed. Gradually increase speed to high while beating until stiff, glossy peaks form—about 5 to 7 minutes. Add almond extract, and then mix until combined.
- Transfer mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a large round pastry tip. Pipe a small cone shape on top of each wafer cookie. Place in oven and bake with oven door open for 30 minutes. Turn oven off and leave in oven for another 30 minutes, still keeping the oven door open.
- Remove cookies from oven. Add sprinkles to each cookie.