Meringue Trees with Snow

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 20 min (includes drying time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: about 12 trees
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Ingredients

2 large egg whites, at room temperature

1/8 teaspoon fine salt

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, sifted, plus more for dusting

2 drops green gel food coloring

Directions

Special equipment:
large star piping tip; pastry bag
  1. Position an oven rack in the bottom third of the oven and preheat to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Beat together the egg whites and salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat until soft peaks form. While beating, add the confectioners' sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  3. While the mixer is still running, add the green food coloring and mix until combined. Put the meringue into a disposable piping bag fitted with a large star piping tip. Holding the bag at a 90-degree angle to the baking sheet, pipe a large star and then two smaller stars on top to create a tree; repeat until all the meringue is gone.
  4. Bake until the meringues are no longer glossy and feel light and dry when picked up, about 1 hour.
  5. Open the oven for a few minutes, then turn it off and shut the door. Leave the meringues in the oven until they are completely dry inside, about 2 hours.
  6. Once the meringues have cooled, dust the tops with confectioners' sugar to resemble snow.
  7. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.
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