Vanilla Raspberry Mini Meringue Kisses

A recipe for crisp little vanilla raspberry meringues made into mini star-shaped kisses.
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Life is messy, made exponentially more so by children. Today one child stepped on a wayward grain of rice from packing lunch boxes, grinding it beneath his small heel straight into my relatively new area rug as he ran to brush his teeth. Toothpaste dribbles down the side of the sink bowl crusting over white. They drop their clothes on the floor and then kick them haphazardly under the bed, forgotten for weeks until you are accused of never doing the laundry as they search frantically for them in the hamper.

Socks are discarded beneath the dining room table as we eat; clearly mealtime is a no-socks affair. After dinner they skip through the living room on the way to wash their hands while running soiled fingers along the wall, palming as many surfaces as they can before they reach the water.

The day’s clothes are kicked under the bed, joining the pajamas from morning. Another round of toothpaste dribbles as arguments are raised over who gets to use the bathroom first. Their small bodies wrapped in flannel are then curled on the couch, one sprawled on his stomach, another tucked into a chair. The only sound is the crisp brushing as pages turn and my voice reading picture books to the youngest, his head tucked under my arm, eyes heavy. “I’m sleepy, Mom.”

I pull blankets tight around them, gathering the day’s discarded clothes as I exit the room. Down the chute to the basement hamper they fall while I wipe the toothpaste from the sink and Ole extracts rice particles from the rug. As I attempt to restore some semblance of order, I pick up a note on my desk written by the third. In neat letters across the paper it says, “I have an awesome mom. I love you.” I wouldn’t trade the four of them for anything.
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More people are having babies that aren’t me. Jamie from My Baking Addiction is getting ready to welcome her first little bundle of life’s mess into her home, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for her. She’s headed for a life of cleaning up spills that are outdone greatly by the number of kisses and snuggles making it all worth it. Congratulations, Jamie!
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These sweet little bites are flavored with a bit of raspberry liqueur and then calmed slightly with just a hint of vanilla. You could just as easily use raspberry extract (far less) or a different liquor to suite your tastes. The glossy little clouds give a satisfying crackle as you bite down on into the crisp cookie. With their extra small size, they’re easily piled into bowls or tucked into jars as party favors, or scooped up into your hand and popped one by one.

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Vanilla Raspberry Mini Meringues

 

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 175º F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Add 3 inches of water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat so the water is simmering. In a large metal bowl (the bowl for your stand mixer would be perfect), add the egg whites and the sugar. Stir together with a rubber spatula just until mixed.
  3. Place the bowl over the simmering water and heat the eggs, sugar, and the salt scrapping down the sides of the bowl frequently, until all of the sugar crystals have dissolved. You can check this by touching the liquid on the spatula and rubbing it between your fingers to feel for grit.
  4. Once the sugar is dissolved, move the bowl to your stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or use a hand mixer. Beat the egg whites on medium-high speed until thick with just stiff peaks. The egg whites should be opaque and glossy.
  5. Stir in the liqueur and the vanilla until incorporated.
  6. Place the fluffy mixture in a large pastry bag fitted with a large star decorating tip. (I used a 1M.) Fill the pastry bag ¾ full. Twist the end to secure.
  7. Pipe small, ½” to ¾” stars on the parchment leaving a small amount of space between each tiny star. These do not spread, so there is no need to leave room for expansion, but you also don’t want them to run the risk of drying together.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 1½ hours. Turn off the oven, prop open the oven door, and allow the cookies to continue cooling and drying inside for at least 30 minutes before removing.
  9. Once the cookies are dry, store them in an airtight container until ready to serve. Do not expose to moisture or humidity or the meringues will lose their crispness.

Notes

You can use different liqueurs or leave it out all together.
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Serves: 10

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Comments

  1. oh don’t even get me started on the messes they make……had I known this before having kids………….. hehe

    I need these meringues……like NOW! could I use raspberry puree instead of liqueur? I have some left from my cake

  2. My kids don’t make messes!

    Said no parent ever. Gorgeous little meringue kisses!!

  3. Love these. Found you on Pinterest. I think we will make some for Valentines.

  4. Girl, you are going to make me cry. Beautiful post and adorable cookies. Love those kids!

  5. Gorgeous post and those sweet little meringues look so delicious!!

  6. Love your story and so sweet for Jamie! These meringue kisses are perfect for a baby shower!

  7. I think these are the cutest meringues I have ever laid eyes on!! :)

  8. You know I adore your kids as much as your writing, and it’s posts like this that exemplify why. I love how cute these little bites are. They’re nearly as cute as the kids! Love you x

  9. It’s always refreshing to hear that our chaos is shared with other families, too! But you put it perfectly that the snuggles and hugs more than make up for all the crazy times. These cookies remind me of little snow flakes and are so perfect for Jamie’s winter baby :)

  10. Amy Dietrich Mark says:

    Made these today with my two kiddos! Thanks for the great recipe!

  11. These are just perfect, Shaina! I am so looking forward to the messes, kisses and snuggles! Thank you so much for participating in the shower! You gals are the greatest!

  12. So incredibly sweet! I’d love these with a little amaretto for sure :)

  13. These are so darn cute and being from a family of seven kids, I know all to well about the chaos! My family has always been insane. It is mad chaos all the time!

  14. These meringues are so cute and I love the addition of raspberry liqueur.. As for the kids ugh… Always some kind of mess even when they’re older.

  15. Beautiful post and pictures, as usual. Such lovely words to share with a soon-to-be mother! You are one mother/writer/foodie that I admire so much.

  16. Just perfect for a baby shower! So pretty and so delicious!

  17. Hi, I came from Glorious treats. Love your story and the cute little meringues. mine always comes out sticky and when i bake it further they get burnt. but i’m not disheartened and going to try these little sweetlings.
    & oh, your little model is so adorable :)

    • Oh, thank you so much! I am quite fond of my models. You could try leaving your meringues in the oven longer (oven off, door propped open) to help them dry out a bit more. This is a good alternative to over baking them. I’m glad you’re not deterred, and good luck!

  18. I love these little mini kisses! How cute!

  19. These are positively precious little kisses! I’ve never been able to tackle meringues, but I might have to give it another go!

  20. Oh how I can relate to the tiny big messes around the house. I swear my kids have a mission to want to drive me insane with the “little” messes.
    And I love notes like the one from your sweet baby…

  21. Thanks for sharing your stories! This meringues look beautiful!

  22. The cutest! Looks like the kids loved it!

  23. Ooh, putting raspberry liqueur on my shopping list! We always made mint-chocolate chip meringues at my house at Christmas time but these sound great for Spring!

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