French Meringue Kisses
Makes about 65 kisses
  • ½ cup (120 grams) egg whites, room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (200 grams) castor sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon (1 gram) vanilla extract
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt at medium-low speed until soft peaks form, 5 to 6 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add sugar in a slow, steady stream, beating until combined. (This should take about 3 minutes.) Increase mixer speed to medium, and beat until thick and shiny, 10 to 12 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl halfway through mixing. Rub meringue between 2 fingers to make sure it is smooth and no sugar granules can be felt. Add vanilla, and beat at medium-high speed until combined, about 30 seconds.
  2. Preheat oven to 225°F (107°C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Transfer meringue to a large pastry bag fitted with a Wilton 1A round piping tip. Holding tip perpendicular to parchment paper, pipe 1¼-inch-wide, 1-inch-high meringue kisses at least ½ inch apart on prepared pans.
  4. Bake until dry to the touch, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Turn oven off, and leave meringue kisses in oven with door closed for 1 hour. Remove from oven (meringues will peel off parchment without sticking), and let cool completely on pans. Best served same day.
PRO TIP-To make extra-fine granulated sugar or castor sugar, place granulated sugar in the work bowl of a food processor, the container of a blender, or a spice grinder. (If using a large food processor, make sure there is enough sugar to cover the blades.) Pulse until sugar resembles fine sand, about 2 pulses. Make sure you don’t pulse too much; otherwise, you’ll end up with confectioners’ sugar.
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