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St. Patrick's Day Meringue Cookies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 40 minutes
30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 111kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites room temperature
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 drop Kelly green gel food coloring
  • ¾ cup white candy melts
  • 36 green M&Ms
  • Green decorating frosting

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Using a stand electric mixer, start beating egg whites and cream of tartar on low.
  • Slowly add granulated sugar and increase mixer’s speed to high. Beat for at least 10 minutes or until stiff peaks start to form.
  • Add green gel food coloring and beat until tinted. One small drop (about one third of ¼ teaspoon) should result in a light green color.
  • Scoop meringue into a piping bag with Wilton tip #21 attached.
  • Pipe out circular meringue cookies on lined baking sheet, about 2 inches in diameter.
  • Once circles are piped out, pipe out a second layer around the circumference to create a cavity in the center.
  • Bake for 2 hours.
  • Once time is up, turn off the heat but keep the meringue cookies in the oven for an additional 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Place candy melts in a bowl and microwave in 30-second intervals until completely melted, making sure to stir between each interval.
  • Use a spoon to fill the center of each meringue cookie with melted candy.
  • Place 3 M&Ms on the melted candy, in a triangular shape to make it look like a clover (ie.: one M&M centered and two just below, on either side of the centered M&M).
  • Refrigerate the filled meringue cookies for about 15 minutes.
  • Attach Wilton icing tip #5 to the green decorating frosting. Frost out a stem underneath each M&M clover. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg