Peppermint Meringue Cookies

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Let’s get it out of the way, I love to bake. Ok, now that we’ve cleared that…I wanted to make something for the holidays that’s simple and delicious and that I could bring to a Christmas party. So, I figured that some Peppermint Meringue Cookies would be a good idea. The recipe is beyond simple, you just need a few hours to set aside for baking. But once the short sprint of making the cookies is done, you can sit back, relax, and let the oven do the rest of the work. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of confectioners sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract or vanilla extract 
  • crushed peppermint candies 

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees F and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Then, crush up some peppermint candy (one or two candy canes should be enough). 

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Take the egg whites and beat them at a medium high speed in an electric mixer. Beat until they’re foamy. 

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Then, slowly add in about half of the sugar until the mixture forms pillowy peaks. Then, slowly add the rest of the sugar, folding it in.

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Next, transfer the meringue mixture into a pastry bag (if you don’t have that, you can use a large ziplock bag and cut the very tip of the bag for piping). On the tray, pipe out the cookies, 1.5-2 inches with about 1 inch between each cookie. 

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Then, sprinkle on the peppermint candy. Pop them in the oven for about 3 hours. After they’re finished, turn off the oven, but leave them to rest in the oven for another 45 minutes. 

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And then, let them cool for a few minutes. After that, they’re ready! 

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Recipe-friendly version:

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of confectioners sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract or vanilla extract 
  • crushed peppermint candies 

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees F and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Then, crush up some peppermint candy (one or two candy canes should be enough). 

Take the egg whites and beat them at a medium high speed in an electric mixer. Beat until they’re foamy. 

Then, slowly add in about half of the sugar until the mixture forms pillowy peaks. Then, slowly add the rest of the sugar, folding it in.

Next, transfer the meringue mixture into a pastry bag (if you don’t have that, you can use a large ziplock bag and cut the very tip of the bag for piping). On the tray, pipe out the cookies, 1.5-2 inches with about 1 inch between each cookie. 

Then, sprinkle on the peppermint candy. Pop them in the oven for about 3 hours. After they’re finished, turn off the oven, but leave them to rest in the oven for another 45 minutes. 

And then, let them cool for a few minutes. After that, they’re ready! 

Hester Holiday Market

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One of the most fun places to get all of your holiday shopping done in NYC is at the pop-up holiday markets. There are a handful of great ones, like Artists and Fleas in Williamsburg, that I’ve vended at, but one worth checking out is the Hester Holiday Market at One Penn Plaza. 

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There are about 30 amazing vendors there at the convenient and famous 34th Street right near Macy’s, Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. There are booths selling handmade jewelry, accessories, art and artisanal foods and beverages.  I’ll be there selling my Squish Marshmallows (follow on Twitter and Instagram to see what dates I’ll be there) there, by the bag, holiday gift boxes, and even by the piece with the option to have your marshmallow roasted. 

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I’ll also be sharing my booth with two other amazing vendors. There’s Jam Jar Bakery, selling all natural, made from scratch, pies in little mason jars. They’re ready to eat and super delicious. I even wrote a a previous post here

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Also at at the booth is JLR, fun, whimsical pop-art paintings and designs. These are beyond fun and adorable and make incredible gifts for others, or, great artwork for you to hang up in your own space. 

You can find a full list of all the other great vendors here.

The Shorts:
Name: Hester Holiday Market
Location: One Penn Plaza (between 33rd and 34th Street and 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC
Dates: December 1st-21st