Spring Pastel Meringue Cookies {Choose Your Flavor}

April 6, 2015
Simply switch up your coloring and flavoring extract to choose your flavor and color for these perfect-for-Spring Pastel Meringue Cookies.  Such a pretty {& tasty} little pastel celebration of Spring!
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Now, I know the first day of Spring is "officially" in March, but in my mind, Spring starts on Easter.  There's just something about donning a new outfit for church on Easter morning, getting together with family to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, enjoying the first-blooming trees and flowers, and seeing all the beautiful pastel-colored Easter eggs and decorations that just say to me, "Spring is here!"

And what better way to usher in and celebrate the arrival of Spring than with beautiful perfect-for-Spring pastel Meringue Cookies?  Well, how about with an annual family Easter egg hunt, too?

Despite the youngest of us being 15 years old, thanks to my Mom and Dad, we do an egg hunt in their yard every year.  Without fail.

Because in our family, we're all truly just big kids at heart ... Which is completely evident in these family photos from this year's Easter egg hunt event ...

Family Easter Egg image
That's my Mom and Dad on the left ... at the top is me hiding eggs for the hunt ... and then my niece and nephew counting & inspecting their loot ... and the lower right is my husband Mark, who just so happened to be the finder of the hunt's extra-special golden egg.  As you can see, he's quite proud of himself!  

We had so much fun!

While we were getting Easter dinner ready, my niece snapped this selfie of us family girls ...
Tracey Harrelson on Easter Sunday image

That's three generations of family girls in that sweet, sweet photo ... me and my Mom in the back, and my sister-in-law and niece in the front.  Love, love, love these ladies, and love this photo.

So with our Easter celebrations complete, Spring is "officially" here in my mind.  Which makes it a perfect time to enjoy these perfect-for-Spring pastel Meringue Cookies.

And one of the extra bonus perks of these pretty little cookies?

You can easily choose your color and your flavor! ... simply by changing out the coloring and flavoring extract you use.  Easy peasy!  I just love their flexibility.

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I did a mix-and-match approach when I whipped up this batch of meringue cookies.  The pink are strawberry, flavored with strawberry extract.  The yellow? ~ coconut, made with coconut extract.  And the green are almond, with almond extract.  I've also given the extract amounts for vanilla and peppermint in the recipe below, too.

You can easily change out the flavors just by mixing in a different extract once the meringue mixture is whipped.  I whipped one batch of the meringue, divided it into three parts, and flavored each part differently to get my mix-and-match batch of meringue cookies.  You can do it that way, or mix up a separate full batch of each flavor.

These crunchy little cookies are so light and airy.  So tasty.  So versatile.  And so pretty.  The perfect pretty little pastel celebration of Spring!

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Perfect-for-Spring Pastel Meringue Cookies {Choose Your Flavor}
Ingredients
Directions
  1. Place egg whites, cream of tartar, and flavoring extract in a large bowl. Beat at highest mixer speed until soft white peaks form, about 2 minutes. While continuing to beat at high speed, very slowly pour sugar in, a little bit at a time. Keep beating until stiff peaks form.
  2. Add 2 to 3 drops of food coloring in the color of your choice. Beat just a few turns of the beater to incorporate; finish mixing by hand until egg white mixture is a uniform color. If deeper color is desired, gently mix additional food coloring in by hand.
  3. Place egg white mixture in a piping bag fitted with a very large round or star tip. Pipe meringue dollops onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  4. Bake at 250 degrees for 40 minutes. Let stand on the cookie sheet until completely cooled.
  5. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
Note:  I use a disposable piping bag fitted with an extra large round tip when piping the meringue.

*Suggested flavoring extract amounts for a few flavors:
Vanilla extract:  1 tsp.  vanilla extract
Almond extract:  1/4 tsp.  almond extract
Strawberry extract:  1/2 tsp. strawberry extract
Coconut extract:  1 tsp. coconut extract
Peppermint extract:  1/8 tsp. peppermint extract

Enjoy!


Enjoy these other Spring-ish treats from The Kitchen is My Playground ...



Strawberry Cobbler


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14 comments

  1. I've always thought meringue cookies seemed intimidating, I think I could handle these! It's great that you still hunt eggs too, how fun!

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    1. You can do it, Krista! The hardest thing for me about making meringue cookies is piping/shaping them ... I have to remind myself that the shape they are when they go in the oven is EXACTLY the shape they'll be when they come out. Unlike other cookies, they don't puff or spread and smooth out as they cook. So if don't like how I pipe one, I scoop it off the baking sheet and try again. :-)

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  2. I, too, think I can handle this recipe. I love Meringe cookies! Just how many cookies does this recipe make? Thank you!
    Melissa
    melisjl22@yahoo.com

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  3. Hi there! Visiting from the Wednesday Round Up link party. These are so pretty and delicate looking! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

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  4. How adorable! I made a spin-off of this recipe last night...adding chocolate chips and nuts. Love the shape and color of yours...I also loved seeing photos of you and your family. Thanks a million for sharing this recipe with us at Weekend Potluck! Enjoy a wonderful weekend.

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  5. What wonderful family photos! Your Pastel Meringue Cookies look like a perfect addition to such a special time. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  6. I use to eat meringue when I was a kid. Im going to save this recipe. I want to feel what it taste like again.

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  7. So pretty for spring! I have never made meringue cookies before. I think I may try these.

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  8. I love making meringues, but mine are never as pretty as yours. I still make them though, as they are super tasty! They look like the perfect spring/Easter dessert!

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  9. These are way too pretty to eat! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  10. These look so good. I love how you gave different flavors to different colors.

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  11. I remember making these in home ec. They were good and easy. Might have to make them again.

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  12. I love these, Pinned for later

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  13. Lovely! Thanks so much for posting to Friday Frenzy! P~

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