Valentine’s Day Cookies

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If your still looking for a treat for Valentine’s Day, these cookies take no time to whip up.  They are fun and easy to make and if you add them to a cute bag with some red ribbon you have an instant gift.  Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!!

MERINGUE COOKIES

Ingredients

2  egg whites

1/4  teaspoon cream of tartar

1/8   teaspoon salt

1/2  cup sugar

1/4  teaspoon vanilla extract

3 to 5 drops food color  (optional)

Sprinkles (optional)

(1/2 bag milk chocolate morsels, plus 1 tablespoon Crisco shortening, optional if you want to dip in chocolate)

 

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 200°F.

Grease 2 large cookie sheets with cooking spray. In small bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt with electric mixer on medium speed until foamy. On high speed, add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until sugar is dissolved, meringue is glossy and very stiff peaks form. Beat in extract. Now add  color, if you want them a color other than white and beat to combine  until well blended and desired color.

Use disposable decorating bag or gallon-size food storage plastic bag with 1/2-inch hole cut in one bottom corner of bag (if desired, fit large star tip in decorating bag or in hole of plastic bag). Spoon meringue into bag; twist top of bag to seal. Squeeze bag to pipe a meringue heart onto cookie sheets. Sprinkle each with candy sprinkles

Bake on middle oven rack 2 hours. Immediately remove cookies from cookie sheets; place on wire racks. Cool completely, about 5 minutes.

If you choose to dip in chocolate, add the morsels and Crisco to a microwave safe bowl, microwave 30 seconds stir, repeat until chocolate is smooth do not overcook.  Now dip half the cookie in chocolate add sprinkles for a more festive look.

TIP- if you want to be sure sugar dissolved, turn mixer off take the mix and place it on your finger, with your thumb and pointer finger feel the mix, if it is grainy mix again until you feel it is smooth.

Enjoy!!

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