Serious Eats: Recipes
Cook the Book: Meringue Kisses
In my experience we all tend to fill up during the savory part of the holiday meal, leaving the sweet meal-enders barely touched. In an effort to cope with this dessert neglect I purpose offering a cookie plate at the end of your Christmas meal.
Cookies have a much longer shelf life then most pies and cakes and can be enjoyed pretty much anytime, whether it's during late-night clean-up or for a sweet Christmas morning breakfast.
These Meringue Kisses from America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book are light enough to be enjoyed right after a big meal but can be enjoyed for several days after if stored in an airtight container.
They are a breeze to make and can be flavored with virtually any ingredient you have in your pantry. Bittersweet chocolate can be folded in as well as almond or orange extracts, even instant espresso mixed into the sugar and cornstrach mixture, for coffee meringues. The only piece of kitchen equipment you'll need is an electric or stand mixer (unless you are interested in working out your biceps with an intense whipping session).
Win America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book
As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book to give away this week.