Meringue cookies make delicious and festive Halloween ornaments on a central tablescape. Use licorice string as a loop if you plan to hang the spooky treats.
6 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon semisweet chocolate mini morsels
String licorice (optional)
How to Make It
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (2 to 4 minutes). Add extract; beat until blended.
Spoon mixture into a zip-top plastic bag; snip a small hole in 1 corner, and pipe mixture into ghostly shapes on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Add mini morsels for eyes. If desired, cut licorice into 2-inch pieces. Firmly pinch ends together. Insert 1 in top of each ghost for a hanger.
Bake at 200° for 2 hours. Turn oven off, and let meringues stand in closed oven with light on 8 hours.