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Peppermint Meringue Kisses (A Review of Desserts 4 Today)

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First things first – today, I’m joining a new baking group! A few weeks ago, I read April’s post about the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies group that she participated in last year with a few other bloggers. I was intrigued, so I asked for some more information. Basically, starting today, each Friday everyone in the group will post a cookie, bar, or candy recipe (if it goes on your goodie tray, it’s game!) with the last post being on December 17th – that’s right, 12 weeks of cookies to get you ready for Christmas. I am so excited to be participating this year, and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with each week!

Also, not only is it week 1 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies, but today I want to share a new cookbook with you that is fast becoming one of my favorites: Desserts 4 Today by Abigail Johnson Dodge.

I first met Abby at the Big Summer Potluck, although I’ve had another one of her books, The Weekend Baker, on my shelf for a while now – so I was just thrilled to meet her! During her demonstration, she prepared one of the recipes from her new book, and it looked so elegant that I could hardly believe it contained only four ingredients. All of the recipes in her book are like the one she showed us…simple yet sophisticated, and made with only four ingredients – REAL ingredients too; no boxed mixes here! As such, all of the recipes in her book are approachable for bakers of any skill level…and, the possibilities are endless! Throughout the book, Abby includes simple ways to change up the recipes, as well as substitutions and other ideas to get your creative juices flowing so that you can make the recipes your own.

Needless to say, when given the opportunity to review the book, I said I’d absolutely love to! It took me a while to decide which recipe I wanted to try first, but in light of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies, I finally settled on these peppermint meringue kisses that caught my eye the first time I flipped through the book. Not only are they beautiful and elegant, but they are so light that they practically melt in your mouth. These will be on my Christmas cookie trays this year for sure!

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Sift the powdered sugar twice to remove any lumps, and divide in half. In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until the egg whites hold soft peaks. Continue beating while gradually adding in half of the powdered sugar. Beat until firm, glossy peaks form. Add in the extract. Fold the remaining powdered sugar into the meringue.

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Using a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip, pipe swirled kisses 1 1/2″ wide and 2″ high on tot he parchment paper, about an inch apart.

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Sprinkle with the chopped candies.

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Bake about 3 hours or until dry and crisp. Turn off the oven and let the meringues cool in the oven for an hour longer. Serve immediately, or cover and store at room temperature for up to one week. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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Full Disclosure: I received a copy of Desserts 4 Today at no cost from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing the book. I only review those products that I have personally used in my kitchen. I was not compensated with additional products, gifts, gift cards, or money, and the opinions expressed here are all my own.

Posted by on October 1, 2010.

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33 Responses

  1. These look like a perfect way to start off the holiday baking! I am going to have to check out that book!

    by april on Oct 1, 2010 at 10:13 am

  2. What a perfect meringue!! They look melt in your mouth worthy!

    by Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread on Oct 1, 2010 at 10:19 am

  3. So beautiful and so Christmasy looking! Thanks for sharing this one!

    by Pam on Oct 1, 2010 at 10:25 am

  4. How adorable is this?! Love it!

    by Jenny Flake on Oct 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

  5. I’m in love with this book! Your kisses came out beautiful. I will have to try that one for Christmas too.

    by JenniferA on Oct 1, 2010 at 10:38 am

  6. I love meringue cookies, but they always take so long to bake. Your cookies look pretty, i love the idea of sprinkling chopped candies!

    by Lina on Oct 1, 2010 at 10:38 am

  7. I’m participating in the baking group too. These look super yummy and easy to make.

    by Tracy on Oct 1, 2010 at 10:48 am

  8. I enjoy working with Meringue but I can never bake meringue perfectly white like you did…congratulations!! Gorgeous!

    by Michelle on Oct 1, 2010 at 10:49 am

  9. Your meringues look so pretty especially with that dusting from the red peppermint candy. Very festive.

    by Lisa on Oct 1, 2010 at 11:16 am

  10. I bought the book a few weeks ago and I love it!! The nutella fudge brownies are delish! I will definatley be making these come Christmas time!

    by Camille on Oct 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm

  11. Tracy! I am just so excited to be baking with you in this group! – you are one of my fav’s out there in blog land…:-)

    I am intrigued by this lovely new cookbook – will definitely be checking it out for myself. LOVE the cookies that you have made from it!

    Happy Weekend to you!

    by Avril on Oct 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm

  12. I’ve heard so much about this awesome cookbook lately! All of the recipes I’ve seen from it sound fantastic. Peppermint meringues are just what I would love to snack on around Christmas time. They’re so light that you don’t feel guilty eating them! Especially after you’ve already gorged yourself on pies and cakes.

    by Joanne on Oct 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm

  13. Your meringues are so pretty. I’ve never attempted to make meringues. You make it look easy. I’m going to have to check out that cookbook as well.

    by Jamie on Oct 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm

  14. Great recipe! I’m looking forward to Fridays!

    by Katrina on Oct 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm

  15. Love meringues. Love mint. These look so cute and poppable (into your mouth). 😉

    by Katrina on Oct 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm

  16. I love how each one of your meringues is just perfect.

    by Melynda on Oct 2, 2010 at 12:05 am

  17. I love meringues and really love peppermint. I can’t think of a prettier or more festive cookie.

    by Bree on Oct 2, 2010 at 12:43 am

  18. Beautiful! And what fun to bake together with a group!

    by Kay on Oct 2, 2010 at 11:38 am

  19. These look incredible! Omg great idea!!

    by Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. on Oct 2, 2010 at 11:54 am

  20. Oh gosh, I looove meringue and I looove peppermint. This sort of thing is a treat I’d love.

    by Sportsgirl on Oct 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm

  21. You made the cutest kisses, and I love meringue cookies. I tried to make a peppermint one once but I added way to much peppermint extract and it broke the meringue. I’ll have to try again using your recipe! Simply beautiful!

    by Megan on Oct 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm

  22. Those are adorable! I’m dying to make them but my meringues always turn brown. 🙁 I think I’m going to give this recipe a try away. They look too good to pass up!

    by amanda @ fake ginger on Oct 2, 2010 at 6:38 pm

  23. I always have a stash of egg whites – so I’ll have to put these on my to-do list. They look perfect!

    by megan on Oct 2, 2010 at 8:37 pm

  24. Love! Confession — I’ve never made a meringue cookie. But your pictures and description certainly make me want to try! That cookbook has been on my wish list, and now I want it even more. 🙂

    by Katy @ Alphabet Soup on Oct 3, 2010 at 12:18 am

  25. Lovee how cute this looks. I love eating meringue cookies 🙂 They’re so whimsical!

    by Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on Oct 3, 2010 at 1:15 pm

  26. Tracy, those meringues look fabulous. I really need to give them a try. Meringue is one of those things I’ve always thought was too hard for me.

    by Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon on Oct 3, 2010 at 3:31 pm

  27. Lovely, very nice.

    by Jennifurla on Oct 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm

  28. sooo pretty and delicate!

    by faithy on Oct 4, 2010 at 12:45 am

  29. I am really loving this book and I think now these beauties will be the next thing I make from it. They look perfect.

    by Eliana on Oct 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm

  30. These cookies are so pretty! I really do need to get my hands on this book. Is it really just 12 weeks until Christmas?!

    by Cookin' Canuck on Oct 4, 2010 at 11:41 pm

  31. Those meringue kisses look so adorable! I still need to give them a try. I love all things peppermint (though usually put the peppermint flavors off until after Thanksgiving), so I know I’ll love them!

    by Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on Oct 6, 2010 at 10:57 pm

  32. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on Desserts 4 Today ever since the BSP! These kisses look absolutely adorable!

    by Jen @ How To: Simplify on Oct 8, 2010 at 5:21 pm

  33. Wonderful recipe! These made it onto my Christmas cookie list this year. Thanks so much for sharing! I just wanted to let your readers know that if their ovens don’t go down to 175 (none of the ovens I’ve owned have gone that low), these cookies will bake fine at 200 for about an hour. Mine bubbled a bit and the peppermint candy melted onto them, but they stayed white and tasted delicious!

    http://kellyscupcakery.blogspot.com/2010/12/peppermint-meringue-kisses.html

    by Kellysaurus Rex on Dec 30, 2010 at 9:48 pm

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