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Post Posted: Mon, May 21 2012, 5:46 pm       Post subject: Is there a secret to meringue cookies?
I followed this recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/m.....ome%20Page (although I didn't measure an 1/8 of a tsp, I eyeballed it pretty accurately...) and the batter formed stiff peaks. Then, I added the sugar slowly, and the batter became thin as milk! What went wrong? Is there an art to meringue cookies?

I bought a container of egg-whites- should I go back to real eggs; would that make a difference?
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Post Posted: Mon, May 21 2012, 6:18 pm       Post subject: re: Is there a secret to meringue cookies?
I usually use real eggs, so I don't know if the container of egg whites made a difference.

Nine times out of ten, when I mess up a meringue, it's because I didn't whip the whites for long enough.
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Post Posted: Mon, May 21 2012, 6:34 pm       Post subject: Re: Is there a secret to meringue cookies?
TranquilityAndPeace wrote:
I followed this recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/m.....ome%20Page (although I didn't measure an 1/8 of a tsp, I eyeballed it pretty accurately...) and the batter formed stiff peaks. Then, I added the sugar slowly, and the batter became thin as milk! What went wrong? Is there an art to meringue cookies?

I bought a container of egg-whites- should I go back to real eggs; would that make a difference?


Most likely because you added the sugar too fast. You really need to do it very slowly, like 1-2 tablespoons at a time and beat well in between.
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Post Posted: Mon, May 21 2012, 6:37 pm       Post subject: re: Is there a secret to meringue cookies?
It's the eggs. There's even a blurb on the box of whites that says it won't whip up into regular meringue.
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Post Posted: Mon, May 21 2012, 6:41 pm       Post subject: Re: re: Is there a secret to meringue cookies?
MamaBear wrote:
It's the eggs. There's even a blurb on the box of whites that says it won't whip up into regular meringue.


Could be; I missed that in OP. However, if they did whip stiffly, I'm not totally sure that's the problem.
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Post Posted: Mon, May 21 2012, 6:57 pm       Post subject: re: Is there a secret to meringue cookies?
Okay, I'm gonna try again with real eggs.

Should they be straight out of the fridge or room temp?

I'm making the meringues for an activity with the kids. I REALLY want to copy these extremely low-calorie soufles I saw that were about $4 a portion - they said, "Just a delicious mix of egg whites, spinach (or brocolli, zuchini, butternut squash), and spices. A portion had about 30 calories.
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Post Posted: Mon, May 21 2012, 7:00 pm       Post subject: Re: re: Is there a secret to meringue cookies?
TranquilityAndPeace wrote:
Okay, I'm gonna try again with real eggs.

Should they be straight out of the fridge or room temp?

I'm making the meringues for an activity with the kids. I REALLY want to copy these extremely low-calorie soufles I saw that were about $4 a portion - they said, "Just a delicious mix of egg whites, spinach (or brocolli, zuchini, butternut squash), and spices. A portion had about 30 calories.


Yes, try again with real eggs and be really careful to add the sugar slowly. You should separate the eggs while they're cold, but let them reach room temperature before beating for maximum volume (though I often do it when cold with fine results).
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Post Posted: Mon, May 21 2012, 7:44 pm       Post subject: re: Is there a secret to meringue cookies?
When ever I make meringues they are always sticky on the outside...anyone know why? I do everything correctly...use real eggs, add sugar slowly etc.
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Post Posted: Mon, May 21 2012, 7:55 pm       Post subject: Re: re: Is there a secret to meringue cookies?
sarachana wrote:
When ever I make meringues they are always sticky on the outside...anyone know why? I do everything correctly...use real eggs, add sugar slowly etc.


That is most likely from not baking long enough or at too low of a temperature.
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Post Posted: Mon, May 21 2012, 8:02 pm       Post subject: re: Is there a secret to meringue cookies?
you might want to see my posts on this or even get a book from the library.
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Post Posted: Mon, May 21 2012, 8:17 pm       Post subject: re: Is there a secret to meringue cookies?
did u ever try agar? you buy it in the grocery in a spice bottle it really works.
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Post Posted: Mon, May 21 2012, 8:18 pm       Post subject: re: Is there a secret to meringue cookies?
Hurray! They worked! I used real eggs and added the sugar veeery slowly!

My kids thank you so much!

And to think that I spent 6.99 on a half-gallon of egg whites in order to avoid throwing out the yolks, and now I'll throw out that whole container! Anyone in Baltimore want it?
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Post Posted: Mon, May 21 2012, 9:07 pm       Post subject: Re: re: Is there a secret to meringue cookies?
TranquilityAndPeace wrote:
Hurray! They worked! I used real eggs and added the sugar veeery slowly!

My kids thank you so much!

And to think that I spent 6.99 on a half-gallon of egg whites in order to avoid throwing out the yolks, and now I'll throw out that whole container! Anyone in Baltimore want it?


You can still use it in other cooking. Most kugels work well substituting egg whites for all or part of the eggs (2 whites for 1 whole egg). Or mix in with whole eggs for omelets, etc.
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Post Posted: Mon, May 21 2012, 9:23 pm       Post subject: re: Is there a secret to meringue cookies?
T&P -- they work well in pareve ice cream:
2 egg whites (I only use these as no pasteurization issues)
1 bag of strawberries
3/4 C sugar

I think? You can check my posts in the past if you want to make this recipe.
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