These cardamom meringue cookies are light, crunchy, sweet, citrusy and minty all in one bite. The touch of ground cardamom adds a new and delicious twist to the classic. The recipe is easy to make and a great way to use up leftover egg whites.
How to make the cookies:
Whip the egg whites:
Step 1. Heat your oven to 250 degrees F., then add 3 egg whites, ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar and ½ teaspoon ground cardamom to a clean mixing bowl. (The reason why you need to make sure that your bowl and beaters are clean is because any fat of any sort will mess up the formation of the meringue.)
RECIPE NOTE: Be sure to use a fairly narrow bowl so that your beaters fill out most of its volume (as you can see in the Step 2. photo below). If your bowl is much wider than the space that your beaters occupy, it becomes difficult to get the egg whites to stiff peaks.
Whip the mix with your standing or electric mixer until the egg whites get frothy.
Add the sugar:
Step 2. Slowly add ⅔ cup granulated sugar and continue to whip until all the sugar is incorporated and you have firm, glossy peaks.
Pipe the cookies:
Step 3. Grab a piping bag and a tip of your choice (the 1M or the French tip work well here) and pipe about 40 cookies (each about 1 inch in diameter) onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Bake the cookies:
Step 4. Bake the cookies for 40 minutes, then turn the oven off and without opening the oven door, let the cookies cool in the closed oven for another hour.
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Cardamom Meringue Cookies
- 3 egg whites*
- ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- Heat the oven to 250 degrees F.
- Add egg whites, cream of tartar and cardamom to a bowl** and whip until frothy.
- Gradually add the sugar, continuing to whip, until you have glossy, firm peaks.
- Pipe small dollops (about 1 inch in diameter) onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes.
- Turn the oven off and without opening the oven door, let the meringue cookies sit for another 60 minutes.