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Step 1: Ingredients & Tools
3 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 cookie sheets
Cup & small plastic plate (for separating egg whites)
Measuring cups/tools (3/4 cup & 1/4 tsp)
Step 2: Preparation
Step 3: Beat Egg Whites
To separate my egg whites from the yolks, I cracked each egg on a small plate, and put a cup over it. Then I lifted the cup up slightly while over the bowl, holding the cup just enough above the plate to allow white to escape, while trapping the yolk. I'm sure there are other methods as well, though.
Step 4: Sugar, Cream-of-tartar and Vanilla, Oh My!
Continue mixing as you add in the cream of tartar and vanilla.
The vanilla gives the meringues a bit more flavor and their cream color -- though, if you prefer a different color, at this step feel free to add in a bit of food coloring.
Mix the batter for about 5 more minutes. It should form medium-sized, stiff peaks when you remove the mixer.
If it doesn't, mix for a little longer and try again.
Step 5: Making the Meringues
You can decide if you want to make a few large meringues or lots of smaller ones. Just make sure that there's about 1/2 inch of space between the meringues.
Step 6: Baking
Turn off the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes, and then let them cool out of the oven for 10 more.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Just a warning -- they disappear quickly!