Do you remember the 90s? If you wanted to be skinny, you just needed to eat fat free food! I existed on fat-free pretzels, low-fat cookies, and Twizzlers. With a side of Dr. Pepper. Because calories didn’t matter—only fat! Soda was fat free, so drinking a 2-liter a day was TOTALLY fine. My metabolism used to work so hard for me. But one amazing thing that came from that time of excessive calories and no fat was meringue cookies, like these almond meringue cookies.
I love these cookies with their dainty crunch and airy inside. And I still carry with me that feeling of 90s no-guilt when I eat one. Or two. Or three. Or ten.
I like these for winter as well because they look festive. I wanted to make little snowmen from them, but that was kind of an unplanned afterthought. I think with a little bit of icing as glue, you could create snowmen or call these snow drops. Perfect for the kids!
- Preheat the oven to 225 and grease a cookie sheet. Add the almond extract to the egg whites and beat until stiff peaks form. Add the Cream of Tartar and continue to beat. In small batches, sprinkle in the white sugar while still beating. The mixture should become stiff and shiny.
- Using a piping bag (or a ziplock with the corner cut off), form small cookies. Bake for 45-50 minutes until stiff but not browning at the edges.
- I found that varying the sizes a little bit didn't make a difference in the cooking time. So if you DO want to try to make snowmen by stacking different sizes together, you should be fine. 🙂
As for the decorating, I use Wilton products I picked up from the wedding section of Walmart. They are cheap and I wash the bags to reuse them. This Wilton decorating set on Amazon is pretty sweet (but it’s discontinued, so hop on it!) and has all the things you need. I use mine for cookie decorating, cupcake decorating, and it’s great for cookies like this. You don’t have to be fancy to pipe things. Trust me.
Try this simple recipes for the holidays! These almond meringue cookies are fast and worry-free. Have you ever made meringue cookies? And more importantly, do YOU remember the fat-free craze in the 90s? Let me know in the comments.
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