Pipe Dream #168: To Be A Guilt-Free Addict Instead – Peppermint Meringues

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Here is how I could start this post:

“Peppermint Meringues: An Guilt-Free Addiction. These little buggers can be the spice of your life, especially in January, month of sugar overdose cleanse. Seriously, they’re like 15 calories a pop, perfect if you need a sweet but don’t feel like busting out a butter cake.”

But here is the thing. When you eat these, it won’t necessarily erase any post-holiday guilt you may be feeling. Party after party of canapes and cookies? Yeah, don’t act like you didn’t indulge a bit. Actually, I won’t act like I didn’t indulge a bit, because I did, and I won’t put words in your mouth. :]

Guilt is basically the result of feeling like we don’t measure up quite well enough, right? We all have different ways of coping with it. None of them are really healthy, because nothing we can do can really make us measure up to perfection. One thing I am really glad about today is this verse in Isaiah 6:

“With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

It sounds super obscure and weird, right? And it kind of is, unless you read the story, but the thing that is blowing my mind is this: Not only does Jesus take away my imperfection, he actually takes away my guilt too. Imperfection gone, guilt gone, so I don’t have to live under it anymore.

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Some days, I wish that I could let these peppermint meringues touch my lips and be completely guilt-free, but that’s not how it works. I still deal with self-inflicted guilt over what-have-you. Verses like that help to remind me that I don’t have to.

So point of the story, you can make these to try and relieve post-holiday guilt, but they are a very poor substitute. A very delicious, poor substitute that looks like Whos from Who-ville.

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This is the first time I have baked my meringues in a true low ‘n slow fashion. (Usually I’m too impatient.) Instead of a quick-baked version that turns out hollow and a little chewy, these meringues are solid all the way through and light as air. Combined with the cool little food-dye party trick, these turned out to be pretty successful, yeah?

That’s all for now, folks,

L

Peppermint Meringues

2 egg whites, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
3/4 cup regular or superfine sugar

Preheat oven to 200°F.

Beat egg whites until foamy. Add salt, cream of tartar and peppermint extract, and beat mixture until it holds soft peaks. Add the sugar gradually, beating the batter until it is stiff. Drop a few drops of red food coloring (gel or liquid) on the top of the meringue, but don’t stir it in. Spoon meringue into a piping bag, then pipe batter onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until light and crispy , but not brown. Let cool on baking sheets on a wire rack.

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5 Responses to “Pipe Dream #168: To Be A Guilt-Free Addict Instead – Peppermint Meringues”


  1. 1 Becky January 23, 2013 at 9:15 am

    might need to make these for book club.

  2. 2 Becky January 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

    How many per batch?

  3. 3 Lauren January 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    There are really as many as you want, depending on what size. Two egg whites made at least 30 small ones for me, and three definitely makes a lot. Make them for book club!! :]

  4. 4 WWW.CREDITCARDSGUARANTEEDAPPROVAL.ORG January 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    What you typed made a great deal of sense. But, consider this, suppose you wrote a catchier title?

    I ain’t saying your content is not good, but suppose you added a headline to possibly grab a person’s attention?

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  5. 5 guilt free dessert August 6, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I have read so many articles or reviews on the topic of the
    blogger lovers except this post is in fact a good paragraph,
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