Friday, October 28, 2011


I'm crackin up over here! 
These little ghosts are causing way too much giggling for someone alone in the house!
But look at them?

The little guy on the left is my favorite - with his 'O' mouth - I wish I could have gotten all the meringues to do that.

I did also try several of them with black eyes and orange eyes but the tiny red dot was the favorite - my daughter said "they're super creepy with red eyes. You have to use the red mom"
Therefore, red eyes it is.

This is a basic meringue recipe.

4 egg whites (at room temperature)
couple pinches of cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Bakers Sugar

1 tube of Writing icing or Cookie icing
piping tools


adjust racks to top and bottom of oven
oven to 225
line two baking sheets with parchment paper
set aside

get the egg whites foamy
add the cream of tartar
add vanilla
slowly add sugar
beat until stiff peaks

pipe onto baking sheets 
(mine are about an inch in diameter and maybe an inch high)
YES - about halfway through my first tray I decided I had lost my mind but was too far gone into the project to quit.

bake about 55 minutes
switch placement of trays halfway through the baking time
(top tray to bottom shelf - bottom tray to top shelf)
turn the oven off but leave the trays in for at least a couple hours
you need the meringues to 'dry out' (basically)

At this point I used a toothpick to carefully apply the creepy eyes.
Whatever color you prefer.
Then I put the trays back in the oven overnight (mostly because that was the only way to keep everyone from popping a little ghost in their mouth every time they walked through the kitchen!)

We did also decide we liked them best with only nose or mouth. But you play with it and see what you like best. Have FUN!

so there you have it.
Mini Meringue Ghosts

Happy Halloween everyone!

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