Notes: If you like, in step 2, use a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain or star tip to pipe meringue into 1 1/2-inch-wide mounds. For best results, line baking sheets with cooking parchment. Store meringues airtight for up to 1 week.
3 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup toffee candy bits or coarsely crushed peppermint candies
How to Make It
In a bowl, with an electric mixer (fitted with whisk attachment) on high speed, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until thick and foamy. Gradually add sugar and continue to beat until mixture holds stiff, shiny peaks. Beat in vanilla, then fold in candy.
Spoon meringue in 1 1/2- to 2-inch-wide mounds, about 1 inch apart, onto cooking parchment-lined or buttered and floured 12- by 15-inch baking sheets (see notes).
Bake in a 200° oven until meringues are white to ivory-colored and give slightly when gently pressed, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours; switch pan positions halfway through baking. Turn off heat and leave meringues in closed oven for 1 hour.