These cookies are hands-down my kids' favorite holiday cookie! They are crispy on the outside but they melt in your mouth just like cotton candy! Not to mention- these Santa hat meringue cookies are absolutely adorable to look at!
Making Santa Hat Meringue Cookies
It's just 4 simple ingredients all whipped together in your electric mixer until the meringue is stiff and stands in peaks when you lift the beater.
You'll then need to transfer your meringue into a piping bag . I find it easiest to do this when I first place the piping bag into a large plastic cup. Because trying to hold one of these floppy guys while spooning in the sticky meringue is nearly impossible!
Then you just follow these steps-
- Pipe small triangles all over your baking sheet. They can be super-close together because these cookies will not rise.
- Sprinkle the triangles with your red sugar, and then tap on the baking sheet held over your sink to remove some of the excess red sugar.
- Pipe on the pom-pom for the top of the hat, and the squiggle poms for the bottom of the hat. (I used a #18 Wilton tip for all of my piping work- including the triangles).
Santa Hat Meringue Cookies Recipe:
- 2 egg whites, at room temperature
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup sugar
- red colored sugar
- Heat the oven to 200 degrees. With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks start to form. Continue beating and add the cream of tartar and vanilla extract, then slowly add the ½ cup of sugar. Continue to beat until the peaks stiffen.
- Spoon the meringue into a decorating bag or a quart-sized ziplock bag. Pipe 1-1/2″ tall Santa hat triangles onto a parchment-lined baking sheet (reserving at least ¼ of the meringue).
- Sprinkle the triangles with red sugar.
- Use the remaining meringue to give each triangle a pom-pom and trim.
- Bake the hats until they're hard but not browned, about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the hats in it for an hour to crisp before removing.
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