These maple meringue kisses are delightfully crunchy and sweet! Though super easy to make, they will ask for a few hours of your ovens time. To get the that "delightful" promised crunch, meringues have to bake for about two hours at a very low temp and then sit in the cooling oven for about another 2-3 hours more.
I've found that humid days take longer than dry days to get a nice crisp texture. Yesterday was pretty dry here in Texas so these took me about 3 1/2 hours total oven time. You want to be sure they are completely dried out before removing from the oven. Any humidity left in them will cause them to soften and weep over time. Personally I find they are best eaten immediately. After all, isn't that why I made them? However, if you are more inclined toward moderation than I, you could store them in an air tight container for a few days.
Maple Meringue Kisses w/Raspberry Frosting
Paleo, Grain/Gluten/Dairy & Cane Sugar Free
2 large egg whites
Optional: pinch cream of tartar or squeeze of lemon (to stabilize the meringue especially on a humid day)
pinch of salt
Essentially meringues are made up of 1/4 cup sugar to 1 large egg white. This makes it easy to halve or double the recipe as needed.
1. Preheat the over to 220 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
2. In a large bowl beat the egg whites on a medium- low speed till just foamy. Add the salt and optional cream of tartar. Continue to beat at a medium-high speed until soft peaks form. (Gently beating the egg whites at first and then slowly increasing the speed over time will help create a nice stable, high volume meringue)
3. Slowly add the sugar, or add it in stages if using a hand held mixer then increase the speed to high until they become stiff and glossy.
4. Transfer the meringue to a piping bag fitted with a star tip. On the prepared baking sheets, pipe out little 'kisses' about the size of a quarter. They can be quite close to each other as they do not expand when baked. Alternatively you could drop spoonfuls of meringue on to the parchment paper.
5. Bake in the oven for about 2 hours. Turn off the heat and allow the meringues to rest in the oven with the door closed for another 2-3 hours more or until crunchy all the way through. Overnight works well too.
6. Remove from oven (if meringues are still warm allow to cool). Store in an air tight container.
Enjoy them just as they are or sandwich two kisses with this Dairy Free Raspberry Frosting!
Makes about 45 kisses. Amounts will vary depending on the size of meringues you make.
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