A quick and easy Halloween treat that would be great for any party.
2 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
melted chocolate for dipping, (optional)
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.
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 meringue into bone shapes or 1-inch puffs onto cookie sheets.
Bake on middle oven rack 2 hours. Immediately remove cookies from cookie sheets; place on wire racks. Cool completely, about 5 minutes
Optional- dip in chocolate then add sprinkles for a holiday theme cookie
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.