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Best Appoach to Making Meringue Cookies.....

Funwithfood Dec 9, 2009 09:48 AM

I'd like to make some peppermint meringue cookies. There seems to be so many different approaches; oven temp, length of cookiing, etc.

What method have you found works the best? TIA

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  1. JEN10 RE: Funwithfood Dec 9, 2009 09:54 AM

    In the past I have cooked them long and low; 175 for 3 hours, turn off oven and leave the meringues in there for another hour.

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      pitterpatter RE: JEN10 Dec 9, 2009 10:58 AM

      Agreed, but after I shut the oven off, I let them hold in the oven overnight. My oven takes a few hours to cool down.

    2. Funwithfood RE: Funwithfood Dec 9, 2009 12:05 PM

      Some recipes call for vinegar, some cream of tartar...?

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        JEN10 RE: Funwithfood Dec 9, 2009 01:21 PM

        I use cream of tarter

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          JEN10 RE: JEN10 Dec 9, 2009 01:22 PM

          I have also added those really small choc chips and they were so nice with the mint.

      2. Funwithfood RE: Funwithfood Dec 9, 2009 08:42 PM

        I made a concoction that tasted so good I ate the equivalent of 8 cookies in "dough", which I never do! (I did learn however NOT to use 12 egg whites because it's hard to get a stiff peak with that volume...6 seems to be the max. )

        1. ipsedixit RE: Funwithfood Dec 10, 2009 08:24 AM

          Some tips that I've found helpful.

          - After you beat the egg whites let them rest for about 30 minutes to an hour so that they are room temp.

          - Always use super fine sugar

          - Use 1/4 cup of sugar for each egg white (from a large egg)

          Also, some people like their meringues to be soft and chewy (if you're an Italian) and to get your cookies that chewy texture add flour to your recipe and reduce the amount of sugar used if you want a soft/chew meringue as opposed to an airy crunchy one.

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            thursday RE: ipsedixit Dec 10, 2009 10:04 AM

            How much flour would you add to get a little chew?

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              ipsedixit RE: thursday Dec 10, 2009 01:15 PM

              Let's say you are using 4 eggs whites (from 4 large eggs), then I would use

              - 3/4 cup of super fine sugar
              - 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

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                thursday RE: ipsedixit Dec 11, 2009 11:37 AM

                Perhaps I'll try this tonight - thanks!

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