24 DIYs of Christmas: DIY # 8

Happy Thursday Everyone!
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Welcome to our 8th Holiday DIY!!

Today we will be working on our first Holiday treat! We will be doing Christmas Tree Meringues!

These little trees make such a great gift to give, because they are a little different from the norm, and of course they are really cost friendly. With 4 eggs and a few other things you can make dozens of these little guys. I picked up one of these Christmas tree glass jars at Walmart for under two dollars! It came with the bow and a tag, a perfect way to package them up! I’m not sure it gets much easier then that really.

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To make this yummy treat you will need:

4 Egg Whites
1 1/3 Cup Sugar
1/4 TSP Salt
1/4 TSP Cream of Tarter
Green Gel Coloring
Parchment Paper
Pipping Bag
Large Round Tip

This recipe makes about 75 cookies.

Step 1: Preheat oven to 150-170 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer separate egg yolks from egg whites. Let the eggs come to room temp.

Step 2: Beat eggs until white and foamy. Mix in 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp cream of tarter until soft peaks form.

Step 3: Set timer for 7 minutes. Slowly add in sugar a bit at a time taking the entire 7 minutes to do so.

Step 4: Add green to the meringue batter.

Step 5: Fill piping bags with meringue using a large round tip (I used Wilton #2A). If you only have one tip or one bag just start with yellow and wash in between of course.

Step 6: On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet pipe green dots of meringue about an inch across. Holding the icing bag vertical. Just press gently until you get a nice shape release pressure then pull up. I have found that these bake best when they are no bigger then and inch wide and an inch tall. Then make another layer and so forth until they have three layers, each smaller than the last.

Step 7: Now bake at a very low heat (about 150-170) for about two hours to two and a half hours until they are nice and crisp. I just checked on mine every so often to make sure they haven’t started to brown. Every oven is different. I have found in the past that a low temp for a much longer time is far better then a higher temp with a risk of browning.

Voila! Now you have delicious Christmas treats for everyone. You can sit them out on the table for everyone to grab at, or you can wrap them up and give them away as gifts!

A cute wrapping idea:
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Happy Holidays Everyone!
~Bre