Macerated strawberries are super simple, just hull and slice up some strawberries and add a little sugar. Not only does this help the berries last longer in the fridge but they create a delicious strawberry syrup. I reduced the amount of vanilla extract then added the strawberry syrup to the egg whites. I used a hand mixer with regular beater attachment to whip up the eggs until soft peaks were formed, adding the sugar a tablespoon at a time during the process.
As the egg whites were almost ready, I added a pinch of salt. Adding the salt any earlier will make beating the eggs more difficult. Once the egg are shiny and have stiff peaks (you should be able to hold the bowl over your head), spoon carefully into a piping bag or large zip top bag. Squeeze out as much air as you can for even piping of silver dollar sized cookies. Baking low and slow ensures an impossibly light and airy texture with the taste of strawberries. Delicious!
Strawberry Meringue Cookies
3 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons syrup from macerated strawberries, at least 24 hours macerating
1/3 cup of confectioners sugar
pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 200 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Separate the whites from the yolks (save the yolks for a curd!) and begin beating with a hand mixer until the egg whites are just foamy.
Add in the cream of tartar, the vanilla extract, and strawberry syrup. Begin to beat until the volume doubles.
Add a pinch of salt and finish beating until stiff peaks are formed. You should be able to hold it above your head!
Pour into a pastry bag or large freezer ziptop bag (using the bag in a glass technique as seen here) and squeeze out as much of the air as you can. Pipe out silver dollar sized cookies onto the parchment-lined cookie sheets.
Bake at 200 F for 2 hours. I added an extra 15 minutes for the humidity in the DC area. Turn off the oven and let sit for at least an hour before removing. Serve with the macerated strawberries or just plain! Airy, delicious, and ADDICTING!