Christmas tree Meringue cookies with Pete and Gerry’s organic eggs

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Dec 4th

 I was provided with free eggs for this recipe, all opinions are my own.

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YAY! It’s finally December and to kick off this holiday season, I am going to bring you 12 days of Craft-Mas! 12 different ideas for crafts and recipes you can make with your kids or family this holiday season and this is day 1! Today I made Christmas tree Meringue cookies with Pete and Gerry’s organic eggs. 

Here is a little bit about Pete and Gerry’s organic eggs:

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs adhere to the USDA Organic standards, and here’s what that guarantees for every Pete and Gerry’s egg:

  • Their hens are never caged, and all their barns allow them access to the outdoors. Their animal welfare standards go even farther than the Organic seal requires!
  • They never administer antibiotics or hormones to our hens.
  • Their hens’ 100% organic feed contains no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or GMOs.
  • It’s also free of animal by-products (and the drug residues/pathogens that may be associated with them). No slaughterhouse waste allowed!
  • Their farms are inspected at least once a year by a third-party certifier with USDA accreditation.”

I know we do a lot of baking during the holidays and this year I am committed to using only the best ingredients. I even noticed our local supermarket, Safeway, even sells this brand so I will be stocking up for the holidays.

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CHRISTMAS TREE MERINGUE COOKIES
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Ingredients
  • 4 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • pinch cream of tartar
  • ⅛ tsp almond extract
  • blue food coloring
  • multi color blue sprinkles
  • Snowflake sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 200 degrees. Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in a double boiler.
  2. Whisk until sugar dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in extract.
  4. In your stand mixer, mix on medium high until egg whites become white but still runny,
  5. Add in food coloring. I used about 8 drops. I wanted it to be light blue but add as much as you need to get the color you want,
  6. IF you don't have a piping bag, use a star tip and place it into the bottom of a ziploc bag and cut a small hole so the tip pokes through. Place the mixture in the bag and pipe onto a silicone baking sheet or spray a baking sheet.
  7. Sprinkle with multi color blue sprinkles.
  8. Cook for 2 hours. After 2 hours, turn off oven, open door slightly and let sit in oven an additional 1 hour
  9. Lastly place the snowflake on top of the tree with either a tiny bit of water or icing.

What you really need to know about this recipe is you need to set these eggs out to come to room temp before you start baking. Meringue can be a tough thing to get right but if you follow my instructions, you will learn how to cook Meringue like a pro.

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This is what the Meringue should look like when I saw “Stiff peaks”.

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If you don’t have a piping bag, like me, just use a ziploc bag like I did.

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For the sprinkles, I found this “Frozen” sprinkles set at Walmart, so that is really what inspired these little trees!

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Now to add a little extra flair, I made some jello jigglers for the Meringue trees to sit on. I just made blue jello, except when it calls to add the cold water, do not add it, only add the hot water! Then cool in the fridge for 4 hours. I used a biscuit cutter to cut out the rounds from the jello. I sat the jello in a hot water bath for a few minutes so the rounds would slide out easier. Do not leave it in the hot water to long or it will make the jello liquid again.

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