Coffee Apricot Meringue Kisses

Coffee Apricot Meringue Kisses Do you live by any train tracks? When I go home from the freeway I have to pass a train track. It’s already frustrating enough waiting for a train but what is even worse is when the train is stopped. Or how about when the train barriers are down but there is no train. UGH I don’t know why I get so annoyed but I do. And this week I have had to turn around from the train tracks three, yes three times, and it’s only Thursday!! And it’s always such a struggle to guess which way to go. Coffee Apricot Meringue Kisses Something that doesn’t annoy me…cookies. Any kind of cookies. Well except raisin. But luckily I’ve been “allergic” to raisins since I was about 6 so I haven’t suffered through many raisin cookies. BTW I am totally not allergic but found out at a young age for school trips that if I said I was then I would be guaranteed to get the chocolate cookies. Coffee Apricot Meringue Kisses Why did I always shy away from meringue cookies?? It’s funny how things change. They are so crunchy and sweet, addictive is a better word for them. I don’t know how many I ate.  I also used tons of these in Eton Mess, recipe coming soon. Coffee Apricot Meringue Kisses The most important things when it comes to making meringues is making sure you use only egg whites, no yolk at all. And also, that you beat your egg whites long enough you want super shiny stiff peaks. You could totally pipe the batter with a fun tip or you could be lazy like me and scoop with two spoons. I knew I was going to making eton mess with half of the cookies so I wasn’t bothered

Coffee Apricot Meringue Kisses

Yield: 35-40 Meringue Kisses

Coffee Apricot Meringue Kisses

Ingredients

    Meringue Cookies
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 3 tbsp hot water
  • 6 egg whites, at room temp
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Filling
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 3 tbsp hot water
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup- 1 cup apricot jam
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting on top

Instructions

    Meringue Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 200F and line two cookie sheets with silpat liners.
  2. In a cup mix the coffee granules and hot water, set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment beat the eggs whites until light and frothy about 1 minute. Add in cream of tartar and whisk again on medium speed, then slowly pour in half of the sugar. Then put on medium high and whisk for 60-90, then add in remaining sugar. Whisk on high until the mixture is very shiny and stiff peaks have formed. If you turn the mixer off and hold the whisk up the egg white mixture will stand up high, without falling. Mix in coffee.
  4. Using a pastry bag with a large opening or round tip pipe mixture onto prepared pan. They do not need a lot of space between each cookie. Bake in oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes- when you touch the cookies they will be hard to the touch. Turn oven off and let cool the cookies cool in oven for 1-2 hours or overnight. Store in an airtight container.
  5. Filling
  6. In a cup mix the coffee granules and hot water, set aside.
  7. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, Beat butter for 3 minutes. Add coffee, powdered sugar and heavy cream. Beat on low until powdered sugar is combined then beat on high for 4minutes. Put frosting in a piping bag fitted with a medium round tip.
  8. Spread a little bit of jam on the inside of one meringue and pipe the coffee buttercream on the inside of another meringue. Place meringues together, repeat until all meringues are complete. Dust powdered sugar on top of meringues. Serve immediately.

Notes

You can pipe the meringues as large or as small as you like, adjusting the cooking time accordingly. The meringues I piped were roughly a tablespoon size. My meringues in these photos were not dusted with powdered sugar.

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10 Comments

  1. Elizabeth, what fun meringues! Love the whole coffee part n with the apricot flavor!
    We live near train tracks… but thank goodness we don’t have to cross any. Although, we have to cross the bumpy cattle guards on the roads. Those are super annoying. But, speaking of trains… we had the biggest steam engines come through town to go into retirement. It was really fun to see. Hope you’re having a great night!
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  2. Your fake raisin allergy is freakin’ hilarious. I told my mom about that and she had a mixture of happy and disappointed on her face. Happy because she has a new excuse, and disappointed that no one told her this years ago. That’s like, 30 years of suffering through raisin cookies. I’d be pissed, too.

    Not pissed about these meringues though! Just stockpile them in your car so when trains come, you have a snack! GENIUS. (BTW, we have trains here, too. Sacramento is a huge railroad destination (that’s probably not the right word but whatever). I hate waiting for them!!)
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