These light and crispy meringue cookies are not only adorable and taste like my favorite ice cream flavor, but they’re also 21 Day Fix approved!
Ghosties!! Come on, are these guys adorable or what? Can I just tell you how many batches of meringue cookies I went through before perfecting, not only the cookie, but also the method of making them look so stinking cute? Well, actually I can’t because I lost track. Let’s just say it was quite a few. I knew that I needed to lose a lot of the sugar without sacrificing a great, crispy texture, so that took a few tries to get just right. The good news is, after cutting WAY back on the amount of sugar that is normally in meringue cookies, these are still sweet, sinful (tasting!) and delicious. They got a big thumbs up from the girls (even my oldest, who has no problem telling me when she thinks something needs “a bit more sweet” as she likes to say).
Ya know, I never used to think that I liked meringue in any form, but especially meringue cookies. They were always waaaay too sweet, sometimes had a strange, off-putting flavor and a weird texture that I just couldn’t get behind. Blech. If you haven’t guessed already, I had only ever had the store-bought variety and they’re just a horse of a different color. A really gross, unfortunate color (IMO, anyway).
It wasn’t until a few years ago when I came upon a recipe for a Strawberry Schaum Torte that I thought maybe I had misjudged meringue. A Schaum Torte is really just a meringue that’s baked in a springform pan like a cake (instead of free-form like a Pavlova). It. Blew. My. Mind. It was crazy delicious. I truly couldn’t believe it. It had this amazing, light texture and a sweet vanilla flavor that paired perfectly with the strawberries. Like an angel food cake but better. I was in love. Could I been wrong all along? Just don’t tell my husband, I’m still trying to convince him that that never happens. I must have made that Strawberry Schaum Torte a million times that summer. Since then I’ve made several other forms of meringue, but never cookies, though I’ve thought many times that they would make a great 21 Day Fix cookie. It was time to rectify that situation.
Originally I was going to make these cookies into bones for Halloween, thinking that they would be an easy thing for everyone to make. Wrong. I don’t know what the heck it was, but I just could NOT get them to look right. Even when they came out “ok,” they still looked a whole lot like a dog biscuit. #fail. I racked my brain. And then I racked it some more…. I tried a few different shapes… a moon, a rectangle (thinking that I could somehow decorate it to look like Frankenstein – um, no), a skull, and a much-less appealing (and way more difficult) ghost before working out this one. I really appreciate any time I get an opportunity to add a few chocolate chips somewhere, plus it turned out that this was actually the easiest cookie to make! I’m always so glad when things work out that way. I’m figuring you are too. 😉
The instructions on how to make the ghost shape are in the recipe, but I thought some pictures were in order here. Please forgive the rough lighting, I didn’t think to take these until the last minute! Hopefully they help you guys, they really are easy. I hope you try them!
If you make this recipe be sure to snap a pic and tag me @thefoodieandthefix on Instagram so I can check it out! It makes me ridiculously happy to see what you guys are making 🙂