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    Coffee Meringue Kisses

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    Title: Coffee Meringue Kisses
    Categories: Cookies, Christmas
    Yield: 36 Servings

    0.75 c Sugar 1.00 ts Vanilla extract
    3.00 ts Powdered instant coffee 0.25 ts Cream of tartar
    4.00 Egg whites, room temperature

    These cookies - said to have been a favorite with Marie Antoinette -
    are 100 percent fat-free, and have about 20 calories per cookie. They
    also have no flour, so would be good for someone who isn't able to
    eat wheat. They will, however, tie up your oven for 3-4 hours.

    Heat oven to 250'F. Use nonstick cookie sheets, or line regular cookie
    sheets with parchment paper. In a food processor with a metal blade,
    process the sugar and coffee powder until the texture of the sugar
    becomes very fine. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites and
    vanilla extract with an electric mixer at medium speed, until very
    frothy. Add cream of tartar, and continue beating at medium speed
    until soft peaks form. Increase beater speed to high, and gradually
    beat in sugar-coffee mixture. Continue beating until soft peaks form
    and mixture has a glossy sheen.

    To pipe cookies from pastry bag: Fill pastry bag (or 1-gallon freezer
    bag), fitted with Number 6 plain round pastry tube, with meringue.
    Hold bag upright over prepared cookie sheets and squeeze out
    meringue, leaving pastry tip buried in meringue, until you have piped
    out a round about 1 1/2" in diameter. Lift up tip and stop squeezing.
    Leave 1" between cookies. Or, drop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared
    cookie sheet, leaving 2" between cookies.

    Bake 1 hour without opening oven door. Turn off oven, and let
    meringues dry in oven 2-3 hours more without opening oven door.
    (After the first hour, it's okay to peek just once.) At this point
    you can leave them in the oven overnight.

    Remove the meringues from the cookie sheet with a spatula. Store in
    airtight container. Makes about 3 dozen.




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