I have a special delivery of Meringue Roses for you for Valentine’s Day!
These rose meringues are light, crisp, airy and melt in your mouth~ ideal for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, tea time, or anytime you want your celebration extra sweet!
I used strawberry flavored Jell-O, to add flavor and color to these meringue roses, but you could use the flavor of your choice.
I added straws with sweet pink hearts for Valentine’s Day to a few of the piped meringues to set as they were baking. . .fun for a rose meringue bouquet at the table or to give as a cookie pop!
Rose Meringue Cookies, makes 18 – 24 cookies
3 egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons strawberry-flavored Jell-O
Preheat oven to 200°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Place room temperature egg whites in a large stainless steel or glass bowl (not plastic). Add cream of tartar and salt to egg whites. Beat egg whites on medium speed with mixer fitted with whisk attachment until egg whites are frothy.
Very slowly add strawberry Jell-O and sugar to the bowl while mixer is running, stopping to scrape sides of bowl if necessary. Increase mixer speed to high and continue to beat until the egg whites are stiff and peaks form, about 5 minutes. Add vanilla extract and mix until just combined.
Add the meringue into a pastry bag fitted with a medium open star tip (I used a 1 M) and pipe the cookies onto the lined baking sheets.
To make roses, touch your tip to the parchment paper of what will be the center of your flower and continue piping in a spiral, making two rotations and then gently lift tip up and pull away.
Bake for 2 hours. Turn off the oven and allow them to stand 4 – 6 hours or overnight with oven door closed to ensure they are crisp. (I left mine in the oven overnight.) Store cookies in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Grease and water can prevent your meringue from reaching stiff peaks and cause them to deflate. Avoid using plastic bowls for whipping egg whites where residual traces of grease or fat can linger and make sure your bowl and utensils are clean and dry. For best results, avoid making meringues in humid weather.
You can find a printable recipe, here.
Reproduction Valentine post cards / Cavallini & Co. Glitter Greetings
Lace runner / HomeGoods, several years ago, used here
Red matelassé coverlet / Kohl’s, several years ago, used here
Heart straws / HomeGoods
Tea cups / HomeGoods, several years ago