Out of the many holiday treats my grandma would make (and there were plenty), there was just one my grandfather waited (quite impatiently) for each year: The meringue cookie. He adored their crunchy exterior which was immediately followed by a melt-in-your mouth sugary perfection. I remember the look of glee on his face when the delicately shaped egg whites were removed from the oven. How one simple cookie could turn a grown and very proud man into a giddy schoolboy was pure magic to me.
That is why I find Heather Christo’s Candy Cane Meringues so spellbinding and such a perfect holiday treat. They only require three ingredients (egg whites, powdered sugar, and crushed candy canes) to make fluffy, peppermint treats that both young and old can appreciate. The step-by-step photos take the intimidation factor out of working with meringue, and the adorable packaging is just icing on an already delightful food gift. I’m pretty sure these would have made my grandfather kick up his heels in a happy dance.
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.