Meringues are a great go-to dessert recipe. They have few ingredients and steps and you can store them for quite a while before they go stale — a perfect make-ahead dessert. My mom has a fool-proof meringue recipe that works as either a big meringue (see here) or as individual cookies, which I opted for this time. To add a bit of fun and whimsy, I used a technique I saw Martha Stewart doing on TV. By painting stripes of food coloring up a piping bag, you can make beautiful swirls within the meringues. I promise it’s easier than it looks, and you will impress everyone with your professional-looking cookies.
For the swirl technique, you need:
- food coloring
- paint brush
- piping bags and medium-sized nozzle
Put a drop of food coloring in a small bowl. With your paint brush, paint three small lines up the sides of the piping bag from the very bottom up 3/4 of the bag. Put the meringue into the piping bag about 3/4 full, making sure not to overflow (or else the meringue will come out the top when you squeeze). Fold over the edges of the piping bag and squeeze down the air and the meringue toward the tip. Pipe small little swirls onto your lined baking sheet. They will come out great every time!