Yesterday we were buried under almost a foot of snow, so we made meringue snowmen. I had this little project stored somewhere in the back of my brain for a while and it was the perfect day for it. I whipped up some meringue, piped them onto a sheet pan, and the kids decorated them. We didnâ€™t have much (and there was no going to the store) so I cut raisins up for the eyes and we used the 10 red hots that were left. I didnâ€™t want to use chocolate chips because I thought they would melt. But now Iâ€™m realizing I should have cut up some dried apricots for noses! oh well. I also forgot the peppermint extract, so they donâ€™t really taste like much, but the kids donâ€™t care at all. The meringue is sticky as all get out, so itâ€™s a good idea to wet your fingers a little before you start decorating.
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Meg is a mother to three little kids and two needy dogs and wife to one wonderful man. In her vast amounts of free time she bakes and sews and just learned to crochet, so there is some of that too. All of this is chronicled in her blog, elsie marley, where everything looks crisp and clutter free and nothing gets pooped on (like in real life).
Put egg whites and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Set bowl over a pan of simmering water, and stir until sugar has dissolved and mixture is warm to the touch, 2 to 3 minutes.
Transfer bowl to an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form.
Mix in peppermint extract (donâ€™t forget)
Put the meringue into a piping bag with a large tip (or a ziploc bag with a clipped corner, or just use two spoons). If you have a silpat, use it. If not put some parchment paper on a cookie sheet and â€œglueâ€ the corners down with a dab of meringue. Then pipe three adjoining circlesâ€“a snowman, silly.
Decorate and pop in a 175 degree (Fahrenheit) oven for two hours. They will look exactly the same when you take them as they did when you put them in.