DIY Meringue Christmas Trees
I hope you are all ready for Christmas because tomorrow is CHRISTMAS EVE!! For once, I think I actually have all of my stuff together so I won’t be running around like crazy at the last minute. I want to spend the last couple of days before Christmas baking and making yummy treats with my kids. Check out our DIY Meringue Christmas Trees! Cute, right? We added little candy stars to the tops of ours just to finish them off. You could also add little candy dots to look like ornaments, just make sure they aren’t too big or heavy for the meringue.
- 4 egg whites (at room temperature)
- 2½ cups of powdered sugar
- ½ tsp of Cream of Tartar
- green food coloring
- sprinkle star decorations, or any other decorations you may want to add (small candy dots or balls)
- Place parchment paper on 2 cookie sheets and preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Whip egg whites at a high speed until stiff peaks form.
- Gradually add in the powdered sugar (about ½ cup at a time) while whipping on high (scrape down sides periodically).
- Add in food coloring and cream of tartar and whip until blended.
- Use a large star tip and transfer mixture to a piping bag.
- Pipe in a circular motion making smaller circles as you go upward (like soft serve ice cream).
- Bake meringues for 2 hours.
- Turn off oven and leave meringues in the oven (with the door slightly open) for 1 more hour.
- Make a "glue" to attach the stars to the tops by mixing ¼ cup powdered sugar with several drops of water and mixing well.
- Gently dab this on with a toothpick and press star in place.
I put three hours on the cooking time for these DIY Meringue Christmas Trees, but for the last hour, the oven is off and the meringues are just sitting in there (with the door open) setting up. Be sure to also check out our Santa Hat Cheesecake Bars! They are delicious!! For more great holiday recipes check out this cookbook. It has over 400 recipes in it!