Forgotten Kiss Cookies

Easy to make meringue cookies dyed pink naturally with blood orange juice. 

Easy to make meringue cookies dyed pink naturally with blood orange juice.

Looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day treat? These kiss cookies couldn’t be easier and they come to you courtesy of my 8-year-old self (circa 1978.)

orgotten Kiss Cookies recipe

This is a recipe I copied down in 2nd grade. I swear my mom keeps everything. And as much I as do the opposite (alas, my daughter’s saved mementos will be a much smaller pile), I admit, I enjoy the trip down memory lane from my mom’s hoarding keepsakes.

So, this is a classic recipe for meringue treats: whip up egg whites with sugar, pipe them onto a cookie sheet and put in oven. Turn off oven and leave them be overnight.

The perfect, no fuss last minute Valentine's Day treat - naturally dyed pink with blood orange juice.

I wanted to give a pink Valentine’s Day tint to this recipe using natural coloring so I first tried fresh pomegranate juice because I figured those seeds definitely know how to stain.

Easy to make meringue cookies dyed pink naturally with blood orange juice.  Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com #valentines #dessert #recipe #meringue #cookies #fooddye

But that was a fail – turns out it took a lot of juice to barely tint the cookies. My second attempt using fresh blood orange juice worked much better and bonus, it gave a nice citrus flavor to the cookies.

Easy to make meringue cookies dyed pink naturally with blood orange juice.  Recipe at Teaspoonofspice.com #valentines #dessert #recipe #meringue #cookies #fooddye

So, there you have it – the ultimate last-minute treat that’s even simple enough for a 2nd grader to make.

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Forgotten Kiss Cookies

Easy to make meringue cookies dyed pink naturally with blood orange juice.

  • Author: Deanna Segrave-Daly
  • Yield: 3 dozen 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh blood orange juice, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Pour egg whites in bowl and beat on high speed. While beating whites, slowly pour in sugar and add salt. Turn beaters down to slow and slowly pour in juice (if desired.) Put beaters back on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  3. Carefully place meringue in in a pastry bag or large plastic bag (snip end with scissors.) Pipe onto parchment paper on baking trays (each cookie is approximately 2 teaspoons of meringue.)
  4. Place in oven and turn off heat. Leave overnight or for at least 6 – 8 hours until cookies are dry and crisp.

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