Festive Meringue Cookies
Makes 6 dozen or 12 (6 cookie) servings.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour
4 egg whites, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Cream of Tartar
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
25 to 30 drops McCormick® Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye
1 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 225°F.
2. Beat egg whites in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until frothy. (If using a freestanding mixer, use wire whisk attachment.) Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form. Increase speed to medium-high. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until sugar is dissolved and stiff peaks form. Beat in extract and food color until well blended. Gently stir in chips, if desired.
3. Drop by rounded measuring teaspoonfuls about 1 inch apart onto 2 large foil-lined baking sheets sprayed with no stick cooking spray.
4. Bake both sheets of meringues at the same time 45 minutes. Turn oven off. Let meringues stand in oven 1 hour or until completely cooled.