Meringues are pretty much a health food.

Can we please agree on this?

No?

Well…they are better than a triple-chocolate-caramel-oreo-cookie-dough-brownie-milkshake, right?

I think they are the perfect treat. Not too heavy, just a touch of sweetness to satisfy that craving. And they are perfect for the holidays for that very reason! The perfect bite after a heavy meal.

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These meringues combine one of my favorite ingredients, vanilla beans, with spicy cinnamon. Again–in my own humble opinion, perfect for the holidays!

 

Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Meringues

Meringues with a hint of cinnamon and flecks of real vanilla bean.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (I used a Mexican vanilla bean)
  • large pinch of salt
  • large pinch of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Combine egg whites, sugar and vanilla bean seeds in a heat-proof bowl (I used the metal bowl of my stand mixer). Set bowl over a pot of simmering water and stir until sugar dissolves and mixture is warm (not hot), about three minutes. Add salt, cream of tartar and cinnamon.
  2. Beat with a mixer on medium-high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form and meringue is mostly cool. This will take 5-7 minutes depending on your mixer.
  3. Fill a pastry bag (fitted with your tip of choice–or you can just cut the end off after filling) with the meringue. Pipe meringues into circular shapes about 1 3/4- to 2-inches in diameter on 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  4. Bake the meringues until crisp on the outside and still slightly soft on the inside, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

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Verdict: These are so delicious. The vanilla and cinnamon are subtle yet very much there. I think this is such a classy holiday dessert. Pretty and light!
Husband’s take: Loved these! He’s really not all that picky.
Changes I would make: None
Difficulty: Easy

Now…I’m off to go create that triple-chocolate-caramel-oreo-cookie-dough-brownie-milkshake.