Speaking of festive and pretty, I really think the reception turned out great and I had so much fun pulling it off with my dear friend, Kelli. Kelli is one of the most talented women I know personally. She can do almost anything and do it well. Do you have someone in your life like that? On top of all her talents she is also a very Godly person, a real joy to be around. And no she doesn't read my blog, so she will never know I told you about her, but it's okay. It's just a part of the story about the wedding and a highlight of coordinating the reception. Even if you don't coordinate a reception, you really should make these for some special occasion just because they are so fun.
Meringue Candy Gems
3 egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup fine white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Flavorings - see below
2 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso powder
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cotton Candy Meringues
(This is another variety to try.)
Approximately 36 cookies
2 egg whites, at room temperature
Pinch of cream of tartar
1/2 cup finely ground cotton candy granules
*Note: Grind cotton candy granules in a food processor until slightly powdery.
Heat oven to 170ºF. Beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and beat until soft, bubbly peaks form. The peaks will still flop over; they're like bubble bath still. Turn the mixers to high and add the sugar a couple tablespoons at a time. As they get glossy, beat in the flavorings. The texture should be glossy and tacky, with peaks that stand straight up. Pipe onto parchment-covered sheets. The parchment is essential; these will stick like crazy. Bake for about one and a quarter hours then turn off the oven and let them cool, or leave in oven overnight. They should be completely dry with no chewiness inside.