No #PinterestFails! Easy-to-form Meringue Snow Angels are fun to make. Topped with a (health!) halo, but large enough to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Sometimes, something good comes from a #PinterestFail.
See these cute little guys from Betty Crocker.
And these even cuter guys from Martha Stewart.
Surely I can handle pins by Betty. Even if I can’t recreate pins from Martha. But obviously, these little misshapen men are a far cry from either Betty or Martha’s pins.
Here’s what happened.
I asked my kids what I should make for this month’s Recipe ReDux theme of ‘Healthy Holiday Desserts,’ and they (surprisingly!) said meringue mushrooms. They were remembering the time a few years ago when I “made a cake of wood.” It was the traditional French Christmas cake, Buche de Noel, which is shaped like a wooden log. The kids’ favorite part of the cake were the chocolate frosting stuffed meringue mushrooms. (Last year I also made the easy little mushrooms for a Gnome Birthday Cake.) But for this holiday post, I wanted to branch out from mushrooms. I turned to Pinterest for inspiration.
Thus the failed melting, misshapen meringue snowmen above.
We brainstormed about other meringue shapes: Snowballs (tricky,) Christmas trees (already been done, really well,) and ultimately…snow angels.
Now the best part: Snow angels are way, way easier than meringue snowmen.
Whether you decorate them.
You can totally do this. No #PinterestFails. I promise. Easy-to-make Simple Meringue Snow Angels are a holiday treat. With a halo! Via @TspCurry #TheRecipeReDux Click To Tweet
Simple Meringue Snow Angels
Way easier to make than meringue snowmen. Light, fluffy and perfect for topping a fancy dessert or making a child smile. Not a #pinterestfail
- Yield: 12 snow angels
- 3 egg whites
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (clear in color if possible; if not clear use 1/2 teaspoon)
- 1/2 cup powdered (confectioners) sugar
- Optional garnishes: Colored sugar
- Set the egg whites in a large bowl on the counter and let warm to room temperature for 30 minutes.
- To the egg whites, add salt, cream of tarter and vanilla. Using an electric mixer (or stand mixer) whip for about 1 minute until eggs form soft peaks. Sprinkle in powdered sugar and beat on the lowest speed until sugar is incorporated, then beat on high speed about 2-3 minutes until egg whites are stiff and glossy.
- Spoon meringue into a 1-gallon zip-top plastic bag. Snip off the corner of the bag to make a piping bag; start with a 1/3-inch diameter hole. I did make the whole a bit bigger to about 1/2-inch diameter. (But you may find 1/3-inch is good.)
- On a parchment-lined baking sheet, pipe the head, large triangle for the dress, and 2 small triangles on either side of the dress for wings. Trim ‘wings’ to desired shape with a butter knife. Smooth ‘dress’ with flat edged spatula, or butter knife.
- Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired.
- Bake in a heated 200-degree oven for about 45 minutes or until outside is set. Turn off oven and leave in oven for a couple hours or overnight.
And just in case you still want to try mushrooms, they’re really easy too! I used this technique to shape them.