Meringue Ghosts

Photo: Kcolberry

Notes: If making up to 1 week ahead, cool, then store airtight at room temperature. Handle gently - ghosts are fragile.

Yield: Makes 8 to 12 ghosts
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 59
  • Calories from fat: 4.6%
  • Protein: 0.9g
  • Fat: 0.3g
  • Saturated fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 13g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Sodium: 14mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

Ingredients

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 16 to 24 miniature semisweet chocolate chips or pieces semisweet chocolate

Preparation

  1. 1. Line 2 baking sheets (each 14 by 17 in.) with cooking parchment, or butter sheets and dust with flour.
  2. 2. In a deep bowl, with a mixer at high speed, whip egg whites and cream of tartar to a thick foam. Continuing to beat, add sugar, 1 tablespoon every 30 seconds, then whip until meringue holds very stiff peaks.
  3. 3. Beat in vanilla. If using cooking parchment, smear a little meringue on the underside of each corner to make it stick to baking sheets.
  4. 4. Spoon meringue into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip (or spoon into a gallon-size heavy plastic food bag, then cut off 1 corner to make a 1/2-inch-wide opening). Pipe meringue onto baking sheets into ghostly shapes about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, 2 to 4 inches wide, and 4 to 6 inches long, spacing about 2 inches apart. To make eyes (noses and mouths, if desired) press chocolate chips lightly into meringue.
  5. 5. Bake in a 200° oven until meringues begin to turn pale gold and are firm to touch, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours (1 to 1 1/4 hours in a convection oven); switch pan positions halfway through baking. Turn off heat and leave meringues in closed oven for 1 hour.
  6. 6. Slide a spatula under meringues to release.
  7. Nutritional analysis per ghost.
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