Friday, March 29, 2013

Pastel Butterfly Meringue Cookies for Easter


These actually started out as French macarons. I was about to make the batter and the idea of piping butterfly shaped macs threw me. I imagined myself with one failed batch after another. So I took the easy way out and make these meringues.


I'm glad I did. These are a perfect Spring cookie or tucked into an Easter basket. You can add whatever flavor you like. I went with plain vanilla but lemon, orange or mint would also be great.


And the best part was I didn't have to hold my breath until they grew feet. Wings were fine.


Pastel Butterfly Meringue Cookies

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or any flavor you like)
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • pink, yellow and blue food coloring
  • multi colored pastel non-pareils

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees F.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Take a butterfly shape cut out (I used a large butterfly cookie cutter) and trace the shapes onto the parchment paper, then flip it over. You should be able to see the outline through the paper.
  • Beat the egg whites until foamy then add the cream of tarter, salt and vanilla.
  • When the egg whites start to become stiff, gradually add the sugar.
  • Stop beating when the whites form stiff peaks.
  • Divide the meringue into three equal parts in separate bowls.
  • Stir food coloring into each bowl a drop at first and then add more until you reach the shades you like.
  • Working with one color at a time, load the meringue into a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip and trace the butterfly shape on the parchment paper.
  • When you are done piping the butterflies, sprinkle with non-pareils.
  • Bake until the meringues are stiff to touch and come easily off the paper.

8 comments:

  1. these are so cute! And yeah...butterfly macs sound like a BIG headache.

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  2. So pretty! I'm intimidated by macarons, but meringues are totally fun to make :)

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  3. adorable.....


    sophie

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  4. Oh thank you Lora for this. I've had meringue cookies on my list to make for some time just for how pretty they are, but no good recipe. Now that I can finally spell meringue I can make them.

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  5. wow..handpiped butterflies...amazing!
    Happy Easter!

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  6. Awe very pretty I love butterflies and they look great as pastel sprinkle covered meringues. Yes I agree piping them as macarons would be a tad traumatic.

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  7. So pretty! I think your butterfly meringues would have turned out fantastic too.

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