Written by Kumiko Toya
When it comes to adopting food from different cultures and putting your own spin to it, the Japanese are grandmasters. Pork tonkatsu and fruit sandwiches are good examples, and Meringue cookies are no different!
After the crispy, sweet treat was introduced to Japan rather recently, the classic Western snack has been adapted into the taste of the local, a country where cuteness is a prominent aspect of pop culture.
This week, we are sharing Japanese meringue cookie recipes! These adorable cookies are light as air, perfectly sweet, so easy to make, and look wonderful for your holiday cookie plates.
Once you get the hang of piping the meringue in desired forms, feel free to play with different shapes!
HOW TO MAKE MERINGUE COOKIES
2 egg whites
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
💡Make sure that the bowl and tools are completely grease and moisture free.
1. Separate egg whites.
2. Place egg whites in a bowl. Begin mixing with an electric mixer or a stand mixer on low and gradually increase the speed to high.
3. Gradually add the sugar while continuing to whip on high.
4. Beat until mixture is thick, glossy, and has stiff peaks.
5. Shift in the powdered sugar and cornstarch.
6. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula just until combined.
7 Transfer meringue into a large piping bag.
💡Place the bag inside a tall glass and open the bag until the rim covers the edges of the glass for easy transferring.
💡Add food colorings if you prefer. To make rainbow color meringue, simply toss multiple colored meringue all in one bag , focusing on the sides.
8 Pipe meringue into desired shapes. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes easy!
Poodle shape instruction:
💡Need to watch it in video? Watch "HOW TO PIPE POODLES, UNICORNS AND TURTLES" on our YouTube channel!
9 Bake at 230F (110C) for an hour. Turn the oven off and keep the door closed for an additional hour. It is important not to open the oven until the cookies are cooled. Otherwise they will be chewy and crack.
10 Pipe chocolate eyes on to complete the cookies! They are light as air, perfectly sweet, and look wonderful for your holiday cookie plates!
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