The easiest Valentines’s Treat to make with your kiddos.
3 egg whites at room temperature
1/4 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup White granulated sugar
1/3 Coconut Sugar (can sub white sugar)
1 Teaspoon vanilla
2 ounces bakers semi-sweet chocolate (optional)
2-3 drops red food coloring (optional) - see blog post
Preheat Oven to 250 degrees F
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper set aside
In a stand mixer with whisk attachment or in a completely dry and clean glass or metal bowl (not plastic) with egg beaters- beat the egg whites with the salt and cream of tarter on high for 2 minutes or until they are foamy and soft peaks start to form.
Add half the sugar and beat to combine. Immediately add the other half and beat on high another 2-3 minutes until mixture is glossy and stiff peaks form. (see blog post for tips and photos)
Add vanilla and stir to combine.
Add food coloring and stir to combine.
Fit a piping bag (or a large ziplock with a corner cut off) with a large star or round shaped piping tip. Opening needs to be about 1/4"
Fold the piping bag back to make a cuff and fill with half the mixture.
Pipe out roughly 1 1/2" rounds making a little upwards motion at the end of each one for the "kiss" shape.
Repeat with remaining mixture on the second cookie sheet.
Place both cookie sheets in the oven and bake for 1 hour
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on the cookie sheets. Do not transfer to a cooling rack.
Break the chocolate into large pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl. Melt in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until melted. Either dip cooled cookies in chocolate or drizzle the chocolate on with a spoon. Allow chocolate to harden- about an hour.
These will keep in an airtight container up to two weeks or freeze for about a month