Easy Heart Meringue Cookies

3 ways to make Valentine´s Day Meringue Cookies

Are you looking for homemade gift idea for Valentine´s Day? What if I told you that you can make, well, technically, three different kind of gifts at one go with this tutorial :) These cookies might look a little like macarons, but they are so much easier and faster to prepare.

About a year ago I discovered that there is something called Meringue Powder, and I bought it to make royal icing safer as using raw egg whites has its risk. Ever since I have always used this Meringue Powder when making royal icing. But then I thought, maybe it can also be used for other purposes, like making meringue. Well, of course it can, it is called Meringue Powder after all :D Sometimes I surprise myself with my wise thoughts :D And so that is why I am using that same Meringue Powder for this recipe as well. If you don´t feel like bying the Meringue Powder mix you can also just make a regular meringue using egg whites and use that to make these cookies.

I know these are not macarons, but they are also really yummy little sweet treats. I absolutely love how crunchy these shells are and how good they taste with a little chocolate, whether that is the dark chocolate on top with the sprinkles, or the chocolate ganache in the middle. 

Make one of these three cookies or make all of them and you will see some smiles on the faces of your loved ones when they bite into these little sweet treats.

Happy Baking lovelies!

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Step by Step Video

1. Make the meringue mix using  Wilton´s Basic Meringue Cookies Recipe.

2. Color the meringue pale pink using a little pink food color from Wilton´s Icing Color Set.

3. Transfer the meringue mix into a piping bag and pipe onto the meringue mat with hearts. Alternatively you can print out some hearts on a paper and place the piece of paper under a parchment paper to use it as a guideline for your piping. 

4. Bake as instructed in Wilton´s Basic Meringue Cookies Recipe.

5. To make the chocolate ganache, chop 100g of dark chocolate finely. Then heat 100g of whipping cream (30% fat) until hot (do not boil) and pour over the chocolate. After 30 seconds mix well until all of the chocolate has melted and you have a smooth and glossy mix. Allow the ganache to cool until piping consistency. 

6. Transfer the ganache into a piping bag

7. To make 3 variations of meringue kisses divide them into three. Take one third, melt some dark chocolate and decorate the meringue shells with dark chocolate and then with some sprinkles of your choice. Then take the rest of the meringue shells and pipe chocolate ganache on half of them. Add raspberries to half of the shells with ganache and cover with another shell to make a sandwiched cookie. Add a straw to the rest of the shells with ganache and cover with another shell to make lollipop cookies.

8. This way you will have meringue kisses with chocolate and sprinkles, meringue sandwich cookies with chocolate ganache and raspberries and meringue cookie lollipops. 

9. Follow the video tutorial for illustrated instructions.

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