Thursday, March 17, 2016

Jello Meringue Cookies and Meringue Bunnies for Easter

You don't have to pipe bunnies to enjoy this recipe folks, a simple Wilton 1M star icing tip makes some very impressive Jello Meringue Cookies. Or is it really candy? Either way, it's yummy, fluffy fun:@) This batch was strawberry flavored and the Jello helps make a fairly fool-proof recipe. They are pretty presented as is, or could be decorated with sprinkles, or the bottoms could be dipped in melted chocolate or candy melts.

Make the swirls with a 1M tip using a circular motion of the icing bag and make the stars by holding it in one spot and lifting straight up. 
The stars were really pretty with a light sprinkle of colored sugar and the pink meringue is from the Jello.
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I was thrilled that this meringue had enough 'body' to make some Easter Bunnies-don't forget a little tail in back:@)
But will say a couple melted a tad in the oven and looked a bit more suited for, um, Halloween...
No worries though, one batch makes tons of meringues.

We found these cookies to be a sweet treat, very tasty and light, with just a bit of chew.
The kids would have a blast watching the Jello turn into fluffy meringue, 
and even the youngest child can help pipe the stars or spoon batter onto the baking sheet.

Jello Meringue Cookies-adapted from A Night Owl
3 large egg whites, room temperature
1/8 tsp salt
3 oz package Jello in the color/flavor or your choice
3/4 C sugar
1 tsp white vinegar -no, I don't know why either...
sprinkles, colored sugar, chocolate, etc for decorating-if desired
  1. Beat egg whites and salt until frothy.
  2. Add Jello and sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
  3. Add vinegar and gently mix in. (One recipe calls for a Tblsp, another 1 tsp, since I don't know why it's added I went with the tsp.)
  4. Spoon or pipe the mixture onto silicone or parchment lined baking sheets. Sprinkle with decorations if desired.
  5. Bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes. Do not open oven door, allow to stay in the oven for an additional 30 minutes or longer (some recipes say overnight). 
  6. Once completely cooled store in airtight container.

14 comments:

  1. you really have fun, don't you? :)

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  2. Your meringue cookies are adorable Lynn. Happy St. Patty's Day.
    Sam

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  3. Love this idea!! Maybe some green leprechauns? Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  4. So cute! Pink puffs of goodness! Happy Easter.

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  5. I've never seen these...sending recipe to my nieces for sure. :)

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  6. oh goodness, how cute are these! You come up with the coolest stuff Lynn, love love the fat puffy bunnies!
    Jenna

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  7. LOVE these! So fun and perfect for Easter---plus my family just happens to adore meringues :)

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  8. What a fun and pretty treat, Lynn, and small enough that no one should feel guilty about eating a few.

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  9. So so cute! You make the cutest stuff~ Happy St Pats day!

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  10. So CUTE Lynn! I've made meringue roses with jello but your bunnies are perfect for Easter! The vinegar works like cream of tartar as an additional stabilizer for the meringue :)

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  11. Hi Lynn, I love your adorable bunnies! Jello is such a fun ingredient for so many recipes. My mother and aunt always made pie crust with vinegar too, which makes it flaky and tender but doesn't fall apart. (I clean my sink with it!) Have a great day...our weekend snow forecast has ranged between "showers" and 15", and is now 5-8! The sun is shining and the sky is bright blue right now, and my daffodils just popped. Linda

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  12. My boys would love making these!

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  13. I can think of so many clever uses for this recipe but the bunnies are the cutest!

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  14. Your Jello Meringue Cookies will be very special Easter Treats! Hope you have a very special week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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