These Italian Christmas cookies do not contain butter, flour, or egg yolks and are another Christmas family favorite. They are so easy to make and totally delicious. You can also replace the vanilla extract with almond extract and replace the pecans for almonds. Save your yolks covered in the refrigerator for another recipe.
Thursday, December 1, 2022
ITALIAN MERINGUE COOKIES
Lee's Kitchen Tips:
Make sure your mixing bowl is impeccably clean or the eggs whites will not form into stiff peaks.
5 large egg whites, room temperature
¼ t cream of tartar, optional
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 t pure vanilla extract
1½ cups chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 225 degrees F.
Beat egg whites in a large bowl until foamy.
Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form.
Gradually add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
Beat in vanilla extract.
Remove bowl from mixer and mix in nuts with a spoon.
Drop by a rounded tablespoon onto baking sheets lightly sprayed with cooking oil or line with parchment paper.
Bake for 45 minutes. Turn off oven and let meringues stay in the oven for 1 hour, or until completely cooled.
Store in an airtight container.
Makes 5 to 6 dozen.