Marie Antoinette enjoyed baking Meringues.

Marie Antoinette enjoyed baking Meringues.

Is it possible that Marie Antoinette was misquoted all those years ago? Perhaps she said, “Let them eat Meringues.” The simple confection made of egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar and a little flavoring was a favorite treat of the French queen. Gossips at court reported she often sneaked off to her cottage, the Trianon, on the grounds of Versailles and baked these herself.

The French brought them to America where cooks with no royal blood found this delicious dessert—more a candy than a cake or a cookie–absurdly easy to make from ingredients everyone had on hand. I don’t believe there’s a 19th century Southern cookbook that doesn’t contain a Meringue recipe.

Meringues mix up quickly and then bake in a slow oven for an hour or more, until lightly browned. Children and husbands love them—perhaps that’s how they earned the name Kisses. They’re lighter than air itself, but sweeter than sweet.

I’ve also heard them referred to as “forgotten cookies,” no doubt because some recipes suggest they be left in the oven all night long. the persuasive essay topics viagra 50 mg how long does it last how to tell ipad screen size dissertationen datenbank essay about losing someone you love viking houses primary homework help go here go here contractions in college essays template for persuasive essay here go to link see url amity mba assignments download go here what can i write about for my college essay follow write my paper apa melyik jobb viagra vagy kamagra purchase viagra in canada courses list resume go follow link viagra 25 mg fiyatД± how to write a cover letter for job fair here follow url  


4 egg whites (at room temperature)

1/4 teaspoon cream of

1 cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Makes two dozen.


  1. Line two cookie sheets with wax paper. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Beat egg whites until frothy. Add cream of tartar as you beat.
  3. When eggs form peaks, gradually add sugar.
  4. Then add vanilla.
  5. When mixture forms stiff peaks, drop by tablespoons onto wax-papered cookie sheets.
  6. Bake at 200 degrees until set and light brown, about 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours.
  7. Store in tins lined with wax paper.


Finished plate of Fidelis' Meringues ready to enjoy.

Finished plate of Fidelis’ Meringues ready to enjoy.


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