Just Desserts


Meringue Snowmen

Posted in Holidays by nora on December 20, 2009

These little snowmen are so cute, I don’t think I will be able to eat mine! Got this from Martha Stewart, but made a few changes. Perfect for Christmas Eve parties, fill the bottoms with ice cream and even the pickiest  kids will eat them!

To make these, you will need:

  • 6 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • red food coloring (or any color you wish)
  • marzipan
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

 

How to make them:

Heat your oven to 200 degrees F. In an electric mixer mix together the egg whites, salt, and then slowly add 1/4 granulated sugar. Mix until stiff. Gently fold  this mixture into the leftover granulated sugar and confectioner’s sugar, also add the almond extract.  Move the meringue to a pastry bag with a 3/4-inch round tip. On a pan lined with a silicone mat or wax paper pipe a 3-inch mound for the body. Then pipe a half-circle around the top of the mound for the arms. Pipe a 1 to 1/2-inch mound on the top, and you’ve finished your first snowman! Keep doing this until you have 9 snowmen.

Mix the leftover meringue with the food coloring, keep adding until the color is where you want it. Put the colored meringue into a sandwich bag with one of the corners slightly cut. Use this to make a cute little nose (I think the red coloring looks best, but that’s just me)

Bake the little guys for 30 minutes, or until the outside is hard, but the inside is soft. Let them cool, then scoop out the inside with a spoon. You won’t need this anymore, so you can go ahead and throw it away. Return the snowmen to the oven and bake for 1 to 1/2 hours, or until firm. Watch them so they stay white! If they begin to color, take them out, and let cool.

To make the hats, melt chocolate(semi-sweet or milk) and using the same technique as the S’mores, dip them in and make sure they are completely covered. Don’t take off the extra chocolate, instead swirl it around on wax paper to make the brim. Let set until firm.

Take 4 ounces of marzipan (or half a roll) and mix with food coloring, any color. Mix until you reach the color you want. Roll out and cut into 9  strips. Cut a triangle out of the ends. place these around the necks for the scarfs.

Almost done!

Pour the remaining chocolate into a sandwich bag with the corner slightly cut and make eyes and buttons. Later on, fill with mousse or ice cream in the middle. I promise you and your guests will enjoy them! 🙂

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