Recipes and Cooking Desserts & Baking Cookies Swirled Meringue Hearts 3.0 (2) 2 Reviews Meet our latest crush—artfully marbled meringue cookies that are crisp on the outside, slightly chewy on the inside, and as charming as your special someone. 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. 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Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on February 2, 2023 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Prep Time: 15 mins Total Time: 2 hrs 15 mins Servings: 12 Yield: 12 Jump to Nutrition Facts Jump to recipe Like snowflakes, no two of these meringue hearts are alike. You don’t need any special equipment—just a couple of spoons—to create their whimsical swooping shapes. Tint with blushing shades of red, pink, and purple paste food coloring, and vary the flavor with raspberry, strawberry, and even cake batter extracts. Carson Downing Ingredients 1 cup sugar 3/4 teaspoon cornstarch 1/8 teaspoon baking powder 4 large egg whites, at room temperature 1 tsp cream of tartar 1/2 to 3/4 tsp desired flavor extract, such as raspberry, strawberry, or cake batter Gel food coloring in pink, red, or purple Directions Preheat oven to 225°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place oven racks in top and lower thirds of the oven. In a medium bowl combine sugar, cornstarch, and baking powder. In a large bowl beat egg whites and cream of tartar with a mixer on medium until soft peaks form (tips curl). Increase mixer to high speed, adding sugar mixture, 1 Tbsp. at a time, over a 2 minute period, until mixture still forms soft peaks. Reduce mixer speed to medium. Beat in the extract to combine. Using a thin wooden skewer, add two to three stripes of food coloring to the egg white mixture at different places. Run a metal spatula through the food coloring 1 to 2 times to create streaks. (The color will continue to incorporate as you portion out the meringues.) For each heart, spoon 2 to 3 Tbsp. of the meringue mixture on a prepared baking sheet into two ovals that overlap slightly. Dip a spoon in water and bring ovals together, pulling to form the tip of the heart. Repeat with the remaining meringue mixture, spacing hearts 2 inches apart. Bake until crisp and dry, 1 1/2 hours, rotating the pans from top to bottom and from front to back halfway through baking. Turn oven off. Let stand 30 minutes in oven. Remove and cool on wire racks. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 72 Calories 0g Fat 17g Carbs 1g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 12 Calories 71.8 % Daily Value * Total Fat 0g 0% Saturated Fat 0g 0% Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 23.4mg 1% Total Carbohydrate 17g 6% Dietary Fiber 0g 0% Total Sugars 16.7g Protein 1.2g Vitamin D 0mcg 0% Vitamin C 0mg 0% Calcium 3.7mg 0% Iron 0mg 0% Potassium 29mg 1% Fatty acids, total trans 0g Vitamin D 0IU Alanine 0.1g Arginine 0.1g Ash 0.1g Aspartic acid 0.1g Caffeine 0mg Carotene, alpha 0mcg Choline, total 0.1mg Copper, Cu 0mg Cystine 0g Energy 300kJ Fluoride, F 0.3mcg Folate, total 0.4mcg Glutamic acid 0.2g Glycine 0g Histidine 0g Isoleucine 0.1g Leucine 0.1g Lysine 0.1g Methionine 0g Magnesium, Mg 1.3mg Manganese, Mn 0mg Niacin 0mg Phosphorus, P 2.7mg Pantothenic acid 0mg Phenylalanine 0.1g Proline 0g Retinol 0mcg Selenium, Se 2.3mcg Serine 0.1g Theobromine 0mg Threonine 0g Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0mg Tryptophan 0g Tyrosine 0.1g Valine 0.1g Vitamin A, IU 0IU Vitamin A, RAE 0mcg Vitamin B-12 0mcg Vitamin B-6 0mg Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 0mcg Water 10.2g Zinc, Zn 0mg *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.