Recipes and Cooking Shimmering Meringue Trees Use a soft, clean paintbrush to gently apply metallic luster dust to the meringues. Or add color to your trees with your favorite sprinkles before baking. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on November 9, 2021 Print Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Carson Downing Hands On Time: 25 mins Total Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Servings: 16 Yield: 16 cookies Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 3 egg whites ½ teaspoon vanilla ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar 1 cup sugar 16 purchased thin gingersnap cookies Green luster dust Directions Let egg whites stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 250°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl combine egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tartar. Beat with a mixer on medium until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight) and sugar is fully dissolved. Carefully transfer meringue to a pastry bag fitted with a large closed star tip. Place gingersnap cookies 1 to 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Pipe a star on a cookie, then pipe two more stars on top to create tree shape. Repeat on remaining cookies. Bake 35 minutes or until meringue appears dry and is firm when lightly touched. (Do not let meringue brown.) Turn oven off; let trees dry in oven with the door closed 1 hour. Remove; cool on a wire rack. Brush trees with green luster dust. Makes 16 trees. MAKE-AHEAD DIRECTIONS: Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days. Closed star piping tips We had the best success with a Wilton 2D piping tip. We also tried a Wilton 2E tip but found that the 2D tip has a few less slits and they are a bit more spaced out allowing for a bit more definition when piping the meringue into a tree shape. Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 82 Calories 1g Fat 18g Carbs 1g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 16 Calories 82 % Daily Value * Total Fat 1g 1% Sodium 49mg 2% Total Carbohydrate 18g 7% Total Sugars 14g Protein 1g Calcium 6mg 0% Iron 0.5mg 3% Potassium 42mg 1% Folate, total 6.3mcg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.