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Angel Kisses, the not so typical Christmas Cookies!

Angel Kisses Cookies for Christmas!

Meringue cookies and pastries have intrigued me for some time. I had never made any of them. But, in looking for “angel” recipes for my “Angels and Shepherds” Christmas Dinner, I found these cookies called, “Angel Kisses”. The name alone makes them perfect, in my opinion, for an “angel” dinner.

These Angel Kisses are a light, elegant, and airy cookie . . .  a nice addition to your Christmas dessert buffet. In fact, the description, on the King Arthur website for these meringue cookies, is,” airy puffs of sugar and egg white, light as an angel’s kiss.”  And, that pretty much sums up these delectable treats.

Angel Kisses Cookies are made from a meringue. The texture is crunchy on the outside, yet melts in your mouth. They looked like divinity, yet not as shiny, but the crunchy outside was definitely different. I took some to my cousin, LaNan, to try. Her mother, Aunt Kathleen, used to make these, but she put mini chocolate chips in hers. LaNan said they tasted exactly like they are supposed to! LaNan is a caterer, and has been for around 40 years, so I knew she would know about these cookies.

Making the Angel Kisses Cookies . . .

If you’ve never made cookies made from meringue, you might be intimidated by the process. I was. But, I found that they were quite easy to make, bake, sprinkle, and serve!

One MAJOR thing to consider is that these Angel Kisses cookies are going to occupy your oven for at least 5 hours . . . yes, I did say 5 hours! Having not made them before, I didn’t see that necessary tidbit of information. So, I couldn’t bake anything else, like biscuits or bread, for our dinner. It worked out fine, since I made a skillet meal, but just be aware. This might be a make or break issue if you need your oven for something else.

One way to counter that problem is to make these at night. They will bake for 1 1/2 hours, then the last 3 hours, the oven is off. The next morning, remove the cookies from the oven and store in an airtight container.

The recipe I used was a plain meringue, piped onto a baking sheet, then sprinkled with gold edible glitter after the 1 1/2 hour baking time. For my Angel Dinner, they were perfect! I didn’t want any chocolate chips or other additions for these cookies.

Other suggestions for Angel Kisses Cookies . . .

I did find some other great ideas for changing the Angel Kisses Cookies recipe. Here are some of the suggestions:

  • Add chopped pecans (reminded me of divinity!)
  • Stir in some chocolate chips. (Like my Aunt Kathleen!)
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint oil for Christmas. That might be an interesting angel kiss!
  • Sprinkle with red sprinkles

Someone else suggested packaging several in clear Christmas food bags as gifts with some hot chocolate mix. I think that is a great idea!

If you were making Angel Kisses Cookies, would you prefer something added, like chocolate chips, or would you prefer them plain?

Angel Kisses Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 large egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • dash of salt
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • gold glitter for topping, (optional)

 Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with either parchment paper or a silpat baking mat.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg whites, cream of tartar, and a dash of salt.  Beat until fluffy and soft peaks form.
  3. Gradually add sugar, continuing to beat till the  mixture is stiff and glossy. 
  4. Pipe meringues onto sheet, using a pastry bag and star tip. (I used a zip-top bag with the corner snipped about 1/2-inch. Next time I’m going to use a star-tip because I think it will be a more beautiful cookie!)
  5. Bake for 1 ½ hours.
  6. Turn oven off, remove meringues and dust with gold glitter; they will still be slightly tacky, so glitter should stick. 
  7. Return to turned-off oven, and leave them  there till they are completely cool, 3 hours or more. 

NOTE: The cookies can be left in oven overnight.

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