We love these tasty, low cal holiday treats because they are light and airy and taste like a creamy peppermint cloud! They are reminiscent of a candy cane but light and crunchy like a cookie. Savor and enjoy for your healthy bariatric holiday!
3 large egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1 drop peppermint concentrate or 1/2 tsp pure peppermint extract
Red gel-paste food coloring
*Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Fit a pastry bag with a small open-star tip (such as Wilton M1). Set aside.
*Place egg whites and sugar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set bowl over a pan of simmering water, and stir gently until sugar has dissolved and mixture is warm to the touch, 2 to 3 minutes.
*Transfer bowl to an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Mix in peppermint concentrate.
*Using a new small paintbrush, paint 2 or 3 stripes of red food coloring inside the pastry bag. Fill bag with 1 to 2 cups meringue. Pipe small (3/4-inch-high) star shapes onto prepared baking sheets. Refill bag as necessary, adding food coloring each time.
*Bake cookies until crisp but not brown, about 1 hour 40 minutes. Shut the oven off and leave in the oven for 30 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks then place in a sealed container.
Makes 90 – 100 small cookies.
Servings: 30, Size: 3 cookies
Protein: 0.5 grams
Carb: 5 grams
Fat: 0 grams
Adapted by Skinnytaste from Martha Stewart