Way easier to make than meringue snowmen. Light, fluffy and perfect for topping a fancy dessert or making a child smile. Not a #pinterestfail
- 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.