Lime Shamrock Meringue Cookies

By Heather Wirtz February 25, 2014
A simple festive treat that will leave the leprechauns and kiddos asking for more! 

3 large egg whites (room temperature)
1 pinch salt
3/4 cup sugar
4 packets of True Lime or 1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest (finely grated)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Green food coloring
Green sugar
Parchment paper
Piping bags (optional)
Round piping tip

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment, set aside.
3. Using a mixer, beat egg whites and salt until soft peaks form.
4. Combine sugar and True Lime (if using), add sugar slowly, beating continuously until egg whites are stiff but not dry.
5. Fold in lime zest (if using), vanilla and a few drops of green food coloring.
6. Fill piping bag with meringue and pipe meringue into shamrock shapes or drop by teaspoonfuls onto lined baking sheets.
7. Sprinkle with green sugar.
8. Bake until cookies are dry to the touch, but not brown - about 40-50 minutes.
9. Set aside to cool before removing from baking sheets.