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Meringue Ghosts

Author: Joy the Baker

Meringue Ghosts Recipe

Our good friend Joy the Baker is the inspiration behind these sweet little meringue ghosts. We don't add flavoring to ours, in order to keep them "ghost" white, but feel free to add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or several drops of your favorite flavor or extract to give the ghosts a unique touch.

At a glance

Prep
Bake
Total
Yield
20 to 24 ghosts

Ingredients

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  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup extra-fine Baker's Special Sugar*
  • chocolate mini chips, for eyes
  • *Extra-fine or superfine sugar will yield the best results; substitute regular granulated if necessary.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F, with a rack in the center. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Prepare a pastry bag with a 1/2" plain tip.
  2. Place the room-temperature egg whites into the bowl of a mixer. Add the cream of tartar. Beat on slow speed until the cream of tartar is dissolved and the egg whites are foamy.
  3. Slowly increase the speed of the mixer. When the volume of the eggs has doubled and they begin to look opaque, sprinkle in about half the sugar. Continue to beat until the whites are glossy and getting stiff. Add the remaining sugar and mix until it's evenly distributed and the whites hold a stiff peak.
  4. Transfer the meringue to the pastry bag and, holding the bag perpendicular to the baking sheet, pipe, with even pressure, about 2"-high mounds of meringue.
  5. Carefully press two chocolate mini chips into each meringue ghost, to make eyes.
  6. Bake the meringues for approximately 60 to 90 minutes, or until they're dry and crisp to the touch.
  7. Turn off the oven, open the door a couple of inches, and leave the meringues in the oven to finish drying several hours, or even overnight.
  8. Remove the ghosts from the completely cold oven, and store them loosely covered. They should keep for several days at cool/dry room temperature.
  9. Yield: 20 to 24 ghosts.