12 Days of Cookies – Chocolate Peppermint Meringue Kisses

I picked up the Better Homes and Gardens holiday baking issue at the beginning of the month and turned down this page instantly. I knew I’d be making these cookies for the 12 Days of Cookies. Then, I saw another variation in my Google Reader on the Joy the Baker blog. Hers have a pretty red stripe on the white meringue. I decided to meld these two recipes into one. I basically followed the BHG recipe but just added the red stripes.

As I mentioned the other day, I love the chocolate and peppermint combination. I need to start baking with it more often throughout the year instead of just at the holidays.

These cookies are very easy to make. The hardest part is probably the piping since meringue is very sticky. I made sure I had everything ready to go before I started. I used a small paintbrush to paint 3 stripes into my piping bag using Wiltons Christmas Red coloring gel. I used my big fat star tip too. The first few came out all white but those will be the taste test cookies. The rest came out with beautiful red stripes.

It also took me a while to get the hang of piping kisses. My piping skills only go as far as piping big swirls on cupcakes. I looked around the Internet and found this site with information about piping various shapes. I somewhat followed what they said for stars. Basically, I started with my tip a little above the cookie sheet. Then I squeezed some and stopped squeezing before pulling the tip straight up from the kiss. I think they turned out pretty good looking.

Chocolate Peppermint Meringue Kisses – from Better Homes and Gardens – I got around 100
4 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1-1/3 cups sugar
1 cup milk chocolate pieces – I used a mix of dark, bittersweet, and semisweet chips
1 teaspoon shortening
1-1/4 cups crushed striped round peppermint candies* (about 50 candies) – I used 1 box of candy canes

Place egg whites in a large bowl. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line two very large baking sheets with parchment paper or foil; set aside.

For meringue: Add salt, vinegar, and peppermint extract to egg whites. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight) and sugar is nearly dissolved. Be sure to be patient and add the sugar slowly. I wasn’t patient enough so my meringue had a somewhat gritty texture. You can see it in the pictures of the final product if you look closely.

Transfer meringue to a decorating bag fitted with a 1/2-inch star tip. Pipe 1-inch kisses 1 inch apart onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake all of the meringue kisses at the same time on separate oven racks for 7 minutes. Turn off oven; let meringues dry in oven with door closed for 1 hour. Lift meringues off paper or foil. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely.

In a small saucepan, combine chocolate pieces and shortening. Cook and stir over low heat just until melted. Remove from heat. Spread crushed candy in a shallow dish. Dip bottoms of meringues in chocolate, then dip in crushed candies. Place on waxed paper and let stand until chocolate is set. Makes about 192 meringue kisses.

My 12 Days of Cookies:
Day 1: Lumberjacks
Day 2: Peppermint Sandies
Day 3: The great Sugar Cookie Debate
Day 4: Fudge
Day 5: Cranberry Orange Cookies
Day 6: Chocolate Chip Snowballs
Day 7: Peppermint Chocolate Cookies
Day 8: Snickerdoodles
Day 9: Candy Cane & Mint Kiss Cookies

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15 Responses to “Brownie Pops”

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    cassandrasmom — May 12, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    The pops are so cute!! Love the colors you used to decorate them with.

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    Jen — May 12, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks! I just wanted something springy and fun.

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    Joelen — May 12, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Looks adorable!!

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    bakinandeggs — May 12, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    These look amazing! Great job. I don’t know if I’d have the patience 🙂

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    Jen — May 12, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    It really helped to break it out into steps. And the help from Hubby was big. If I had to do all 80 of them myself, I probably would have given up half way through…

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    Molly Jean — May 12, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Holy cow… 80 of them?! You’re a trooper!

    Those turned out great though!

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    Kerstin — May 12, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    They’re SO cute! I love all the different sprinkles you used!

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    Julie — May 12, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Those are just too cute…and tempting!

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    Jennifer — May 13, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Those are incredible!!! great job!!!

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    Ingrid — May 14, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Very pretty! I’ve seen those brownie molds. I’m waiting to grab one when I get one of those 40% off coupons.

    Glad to hear your MIL had a wonderful party.
    ~ingrid

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    Nic — May 15, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Very cute! These look great!

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    madebymel — May 17, 2009 at 12:44 am

    What a cute idea! I love all the bright colors!

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    Wendy — May 25, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Lovely job! Thank you for posting my link. I like your color combination and the flower pots for displaying the brownie pops. Very creative!!

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    Lisa — January 13, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Have you ever tried to freeze them after you dipped them in chocolate? I am thinking of making some for a wedding but wouldn’t have time to dip them on the day of the event.

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    Jen — January 14, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Lisa, I have not done that for brownie pops before. But I have frozen cake balls which are also covered in chocolate. I would assume it would work just fine. You could always make a small batch to test it out. Definitely let me know how it goes!

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