Cotton Candy Meringues

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There are a bunch of things that I have always wanted to do in life.

I won’t be as dramatic to say they are a bucket list…

I won’t think I missed out on life if I didn’t get to do them…

BUT if they happen, then it’s definitely a life bonus.

 

Here’s the short list:

First, I have always wanted to have a Brady Bunch moment.  Most specifically the moment where the Bradys end up in court due to a fender bender where the other driver claims he was seriously injured because of Carol’s reckless driving. Mike Brady knew he was faking an injury and decided to expose the guy by throwing a briefcase on the ground, causing the faker to quickly snap his head around at the loud noise, proving that his neck was completely FINE!  I LOVED that episode.  How smart was that Mike Brady?

So yes, I have always wanted to expose a faker by throwing down a briefcase and catching him in the act.

I wish I was kidding you.  It’s been an on-going dream since I was a kid.  I am constantly looking for ways to incorporate an “A-HA! Caught ya” moment in my day.

Maybe that’s why I like Dateline NBC where they catch criminals “in the act”…it’s based in some deep-rooted, Brady Bunch crime solving, expose the bad guy, kind of issue I have.

 

Second, I have always thought it would be cool to run a marathon.  Now I know this is never going to happen.  I have tried running.  It isn’t for me.  I have found that I much prefer buying running shoes and exercise clothes than I actually like running or exercising.  Apparently dressing like a runner is the closest I will ever get.

 

And third, I have always wanted to bake meringues.  I will tell you, I had given up on meringue.  After a few attempts and fails, I just decided it was one of those things that I couldn’t do, like pancakes or crepes.

THEN I got this sweet cookbook in the mail.  My friend Heather wrote it and it’s simply stunning.

 photo from Sprinkle Bakes

She asked if I wanted to give one away and of course I said yes, more on that in a bit.

I decided I wanted to attempt one of Heather’s recipes to post along with the giveaway, and when I saw her recipe for Meringue I knew it was my shot.

I may not be running a marathon, or exposing criminals in my spare time, but meringue?  That’s something I could conquer.

And conquer, I did.
PhotobucketCotton Candy Meringues.

Let’s get started.

PhotobucketThe recipe was simple to follow.

I decided to give the recipe a eensy variation.  Just a tiny addition.

Here’s what I added:
PhotobucketI figured, why not go for it, right?
And what’s so great about Heather’s recipe is that it’s so open to variation. It’s just a great basic meringue recipe that you can build on and adapt. Love that.

I used a large star tip in a piping bag, but if you don’t have one don’t worry…just snip off the corner of a ziplock or piping bag.
PhotobucketI started the process with egg whites in my mixer.
Beat them until they are frothy and then add some cream of tartar. Heather says “a pinch” but since I like to measure I used 1/16 tsp…
PhotobucketThen continue beating the whites until they form soft peaks. A soft peak is when it’s opaque, but the tip will kind of fall over when you hold it up.
Like this…
PhotobucketThen add sugar and this is where I added in the cotton candy flavor packet and beat for about 7 minutes until stiff peaks form. They will be glossy and beautiful…
PhotobucketPipe the meringue onto a parchment lined baking sheet…
PhotobucketAnd I decided to try one of the techniques Heather added, making meringue cups. Mine aren’t that pretty, but I gave it a shot…
I piped a 3 inch circle and then 2 more on top of that, adding a little to the center, to serve as the base…
PhotobucketBake them for an hour and a half on a low heat and then just leave them in the oven for a few hours, or even overnight.
They will look like this when they are done…they look exactly the same as they did when they went on the oven, but are dry and hard.
PhotobucketAren’t they pretty?
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And now about those meringue cups…
Adorable.
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Ok, so now onto the giveaway.

I know you want Heather’s book.  And what about a signed copy?  Even better!

All you need to do is leave a comment on this post.

Oh yeah, and totally check out Heather’s site.  You are going to be blown away.

The giveaway is going to be open through Saturday, May 12th at 11:59 pm

Giveaway is closed!  Thanks to all that entered!

Winner is “Mae” comment #375!  Congrats!

 

Cotton Candy Meringues
 
Ingredients
  • 2 egg whites
  • Pinch of Cream of Tartar
  • ½ cup superfine sugar
  • Duncan Hines Cotton Candy Flavor Packet
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 170°
  2. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Fit a large piping bag with a star tip.
  3. Place the egg whites in a "spotlessly" clean mixing bowl and whip them with an electric mixer on medium speed until frothy.
  4. Stop the mixer and add cream of tartar. Start mixer again and continue to beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
  5. Increase speed to high and gradually add in sugar *this is where I added the flavor packet as well
  6. Beat egg whites until they are shiny and hold stiff peaks but are not dry or crumbly, about 7 minutes.
  7. Make sure the sugar is dissolved by rubbing a tiny bit of meringue between fingers. If you feel granules of sugar continue to beat until all sugar has dissolved.
  8. Spoon the meringue into the piping bag and pipe onto prepared baking sheets.
  9. Bake the meringues for 90 minutes turning them halfway through baking.
  10. When meringues are done, turn off oven and let them stand for several hours or overnight. The meringues should be hard and dry to touch and you should be able to easily lift them from parchment.
Notes
Recipe from Sprinkle Bakes
The only adaptation I made to Heather's recipe was the addition of the flavor packet.

 

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Lisa
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Lisa
May 8, 2012 11:23 am

I love meringues esp. because im doing weight watchers and they are quick low point dessert i can pop in my mouth 🙂 cotton candy sounds delicious!

Caryn
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Caryn
May 8, 2012 11:24 am

I bought 20 packets of the flavorings when I was visiting my mom over Spring Break, because they didn’t have them where I live. (At the time–they do now (: ) I’m trying these with my little girl this afternoon 🙂

Alicia B
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Alicia B
May 8, 2012 11:25 am

Mmm, I love meringues! I made triple chocolate ones once, and they’re the best thing ever!

Amy711
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Amy711
May 8, 2012 11:25 am

This book looks fantastic! Heather has a great site! Found many things I just need to try 😉

Juli
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Juli
May 8, 2012 11:25 am

I would completely love a copy of Heather’s book! It looks amazing! I would love to have my own bakery business one day, and this would definitely help out!

Sarah from 20something cupcakes
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These are so completely brilliant!

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
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May 8, 2012 11:26 am

How beautiful! I’d love this book!

Jenny
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Jenny
May 8, 2012 11:27 am

This looks so delish and easy, I think I can even handle this one. So excited

Mel
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May 8, 2012 11:27 am

Your cotton candy meringues are genius!

Corrie_Alexa
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Corrie_Alexa
May 8, 2012 11:27 am

I have always wanted to make meringues but I have been too scared. You gave me courage. I will try it oh so soon! (also my daughter was wondering about the frosting additions the other day thanks for the idea…)

And…I would LOVE to have Heather’s cookbook. 🙂
~Corrie

Petra
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Petra
May 8, 2012 11:27 am

These look great!

Ariel
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Ariel
May 8, 2012 11:27 am

A fun twist on my favorite thing to get at the fair.

amy marantino
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amy marantino
May 8, 2012 11:28 am

i would love to win this book

Nicole
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May 8, 2012 11:29 am

i LOVE this idea! So smart adding the flavor packet. Definitely trying this one! thank you!

Eugenija
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Eugenija
May 8, 2012 11:30 am

mmmmm…. fantastiske meringues 🙂

Tara
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Tara
May 8, 2012 11:30 am

I would love to win! It’s on my amazon wishlist right now…

Kelly
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Kelly
May 8, 2012 11:30 am

These look so good!!!! I love cotton candy. I must try these!!

Maureen
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Maureen
May 8, 2012 11:30 am

What gorgeous creations.

Lisa London
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Lisa London
May 8, 2012 11:31 am

I can’t wait to try and make these! Not only do they seem simple, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE cotton candy! Thanks! And….I would LOVE to win the book! 🙂

Aimee @ ShugarySweets
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May 8, 2012 11:31 am

How funny is that? I have meringues chilling in my oven right now for mother’s day! Love that you used that frosting packet! I flavor my meringues with dry jello mix! I would love to win a copy of Heather’s book, too! LOVE.

Emilie @ Emilie
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May 8, 2012 11:31 am

I agree..the idea of running a marathon is way cooler than the actual experience. I’m convinced that everyone that DOES do it is totally miserable the entire 26.2 miles.

Lois Kerr
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Lois Kerr
May 8, 2012 11:32 am

What an ingenious addition. Wonder how the other flavors would be in these. I would love to win this book.

Leta
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Leta
May 8, 2012 11:32 am

Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jocelyn
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May 8, 2012 11:34 am

Those cotton candy meringue cups are simple adorable…love that you put the real cotton candy in them:-) And that book looks so super fun!!!!

Samantha
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Samantha
May 8, 2012 11:35 am

I love this website. You come up with amazing treats!! And I’m always on the lookout for new cookbooks!

Gwyn
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May 8, 2012 11:35 am

This book would be awesome. I am always looking for new things to try.

Brandi Davis Bryant
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Brandi Davis Bryant
May 8, 2012 11:37 am

Those are very pretty. I would love to have this book. Thanks for this great giveaway. Good Luck everyone.

Sarah E.
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May 8, 2012 11:37 am

Oh my word! Those look incredible!! Definitely pinning these to share!

Awesome giveaway too 🙂

Caitie
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Caitie
May 8, 2012 11:38 am

There are two things I’ve always been scared to attempt. Meringues and Macaroons! I think you may have inspired me though with your awesome results! 🙂

Ashlee
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Ashlee
May 8, 2012 11:39 am

Mmmmm….those look delicious and would be SO much fun for the upcoming BBQ season… 🙂

Renee
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May 8, 2012 11:39 am

The meringues look great! Awesome job 🙂 I have never attempted them, but I’d love to try.

Gillian
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Gillian
May 8, 2012 11:39 am

Love the idea of frosting creations in the meringue! Can’t wait to try the recipes in the book!

SWeetsugarbelle
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SWeetsugarbelle
May 8, 2012 11:41 am

They A

Julie W
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Julie W
May 8, 2012 11:42 am

Would love to win the book!

Carolyn
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Carolyn
May 8, 2012 11:42 am

never tried meringues, guess I better and love the book

Averie @ Averie Cooks
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May 8, 2012 11:43 am

Beautiful meringues and I love all of Heather’s recipes!

Sweetphilosopher
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May 8, 2012 11:44 am

I love Sprinkle Bakes and have been debating buying the book, it looks fabulous. And those meringues do too! I love meringues but the idea of adding that flavoring to them looks super cool!
Im very excited about the giveaway – fingers crossed x

Edie Jackson
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Edie Jackson
May 8, 2012 11:44 am

Looks yummy 😀

annabelle
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annabelle
May 8, 2012 11:44 am

Can´t wait to give the book a try!!!!!

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more
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oh I need that book, I gave up on meringues years ago, so if I win I will totally try again!

erin
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erin
May 8, 2012 11:44 am

i love meringues…so light and yummy!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
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May 8, 2012 11:45 am

These meringues are gorgeousssss. I would love to win a copy of Heather’s book! Every time I read one of her posts, I’m stunned by how beautiful her creations are. 🙂

Mariana
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Mariana
May 8, 2012 11:48 am

I’m totally addicted to your site!love the recipies and the way you write!
made your s’mores cupcakes for my mum’s birthday and everybody just loooved it!
Maybe I’ll try this meringue recipy for mother’s day!
Heather’s site is really great!pretty sure it will become another addiction!would love to get her book too!

Ken G.
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Ken G.
May 8, 2012 11:48 am

Books are cupcakes for the soul. Especially one as beautiful as this.

Jennifer
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Jennifer
May 8, 2012 11:51 am

Wow – I have to admit I’ve never really thought about meringues making or eating until I saw your post. Now I want to eat them (and now actually thinking about one day making). And now I have another site to drool over – Thanks so much.

Monica
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Monica
May 8, 2012 11:55 am

Looks like a lot of fun!

Brie
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Brie
May 8, 2012 11:57 am

I love those meringues, so cute! Would love to have the cookbook too 🙂

ADDIE ABNER
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ADDIE ABNER
May 8, 2012 11:57 am

ME WANTS!!! NOM NOM NOM

Back for Seconds
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May 8, 2012 11:58 am

You totally mastered the meringues! I have yet to try making them myself….
I would love to win that pretty little book! How fun 🙁

Laura
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Laura
May 8, 2012 11:59 am

The minute I saw “blue” and read, “cotton candy”, I knew you were using those flavoring packets again!!! Love this recipe!

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