These would be so wonderful to make up as holiday gifts for co-workers, your kids teachers, your neighbor(s) and friends. Super easy, beautiful and perfect addition to a cup of hot tea, cocoa or coffee on a chilly Winter day ~
3 large egg whites
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 C sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
24 small chocolate peppermint candies (such as York Peppermint Patties)
*Optional: baking jimmies or colored sugar/glitter to sprinkle over the tops
Heat oven to 250 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Using an electric mixer, beat the egg white and cream of tartar until frothy. Gradually add the sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating until incorporated. Continue beating until stiff, glossy peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes; beat in the vanilla.
Spoon 24 level tablespoons of the meringue onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Place 1 peppermint candy in the center of each meringue and press it down very slightly. Top each peppermint candy with another tablespoon meringue, spreading it over the candy to completely cover and seal it in.
Bake until the meringues are firm and dry, 60 to 70 minutes. *Sprinkle with optional baking jimmies or colored sugar/glitter if desired. Let cool for 15 minutes before servings.