Monday, January 9, 2012

Cotton Candy Meringues for a Special Birthday


When I heard that Kristan of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen was having a birthday today, I immediately wanted to help celebrate!  I've been a long-time fan of her creative desserts, not to mention her hilarious point of view and true-to-life anecdotes. Yes, she's smart and funny, but above all- she's as sweet as her confections. I deeply admire the openness she has with her readers, and even though we've never met in person, I consider her a friend!

Kristan loves all things pink and sparkly (helloo, a kindred spirit!), so I created these glittering pink cotton candy meringues for her special day.  They are just as easy to make as standard meringues!  Just swap out the granulated sugar for finely ground cotton candy sugar.  They are melt-on-your-tongue delicious, and much more stable than cotton candy, which will melt away before your very eyes!

Be sure to check out all of Kristan's birthday party fare at the following sites:

Happy Birthday Kristan!  Hope your day is special!


Note: Lots of you are asking where to buy cotton candy granules.  You can find them online -Amazon sells them in various sizes and variety packsrestaurant supply stores are a good place to look -or your local party rental store may have some if they rent cotton candy machines.


Cotton Candy Meringues

Approximately 36 cookies                     [click for printable version]                  

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.
  1. Preheat the oven to 170°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Fit a large pastry bag with a large French piping tip.
  2. Place the egg whites in a spotlessly clean bowl and whip them with an electric mixer on medium speed until frothy.
  3. Stop the mixer and add the cream of tartar. Start the mixer again and continue to beat the egg whites.
  4. Once the egg whites form soft peaks, increase the speed to high and gradually add the cotton candy sugar, a little at a time.
  5. Beat the egg whites until they are very shiny and hold stiff peaks but are not dry or crumbly, about 7 minutes.
  6. To make sure the sugar has completely dissolved, rub a bit of the meringue between two fingers to see if any granules of sugar remain. If grains are present, continue to beat the meringue until the sugar has fully dissolved.
  7. Spoon the meringue into the pastry bag and pipe onto the prepared cookie sheets. Meringue can also be dolloped onto parchment by heaping spoonfuls if you have no piping bags or decorator tips.
  8. Bake the meringues for 90 minutes, turning them halfway through the cooking time to ensure even cooking.
  9. When the meringues are done, turn off the oven and let them stand in the closed oven for several hours or overnight. The meringues should be hard and dry to the touch, and you should be able to easily lift them from the parchment.
*Disco dust is sold at cake specialty shops and online.  If using, sprinkle a little on before baking.

75 comments:

Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

heather, these are GORGEOUS!!!!

please please please make me some for my birthday too :)

SprinkleBakes said...

You send me your address Heather, and I will do it!!

xo!

LilaLoa said...

Disco dust and cotton candy granules --- could there EXIST a better idea?!

IFeelCook said...

So lovely!! You are so nice to cook these cute meringues for her :) My birthday is in June… ;P

Connie @ Daydream In Color said...

These are soo pretty! I love the extra sparkle you gave them!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Sooo pretty and dreamlike! What a great gift and wonderful idea.

Cheers,

Rosa

Darla | Bakingdom said...

Yummm! I love meringues...especially pink ones. And the glitter only makes them even better! Cotton candy meringues sound amazing, and they're dressed up perfectly for Kristan. :)

Cookbook Queen said...

Heather, these are BEYOND perfect. I am just speechless this morning. So so grateful to know you. Thank you for making my morning!!!!!!

Lora said...

what girl would not love sparkly pink meringues for her birthday. How pretty and thoughtful!

Giselle said...

These are perfect! How did you get your disco dust to show up in the picture? I had disco dust on my cupcakes but it didn't show up for some reason.

Shannon said...

Those are too cute. Sparkly and pink, gotta love it.

warmvanillasugar said...

Aww so nice! These are absolutely lovely!

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel said...

These are way too cute. I haven't had a meringue in the longest time!

bobbysock said...

Love your website, I just started my own and yours is a huge inspiration for me. Check mine out if you don't mind, I'd love to get your opinion on it.

bridget {bake at 350} said...

So, so perfect for Kristan!!! These, like everything you do, are gorgeous!

Sue said...

What perfectly beautiful little treats for Kristan! Lovin' the sparkle!

Debora said...

very beautiful ^_^

Sara said...

wow! eye candy and I bet tasty too!

cookies and cups said...

completely brilliant!

Keri-Ann said...

Ooohhh, contemplating ideas for my sweet almost-seven year old's Pinkalicious b-day party... THIS one wins! :D <3

Mara... said...

Beautiful!!!! I love the pink!!

Jennifurla said...

I will be letting you know in advance of my birthday, lol. These look adorable and tasty.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

These really are perfect for Kristan's birthday and just so pretty!

Krissy's Creations said...

These are perfect for the Cookbook Queen! Pink & Sparkly :). Such a great idea to add Cotton Candy flavor to meringues. Lovely dessert!

Kavi @ Lab to Fab! said...

Gorgeous! Your photography and decorations are awesome, as always!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said...

I love love cotton candy. I'd ask to go to the circus just to eat cotton candy as a kid. These are perfect!

Kristen said...

This are so brilliant! My son asked me to make meringues for his birthday, of all things. Cotton Candy meringues would be an extra awesome treat!

Britt @ A Southern Bee DIary said...

Beautiful... you are so talented I can't believe these are actually real. Your skills are amazing! Great job!

xo. A Southern Bee Diary

:)

justine said...

love! my husband loves cotton candy, so i will have to make these for him (well, and myself of course). is cotton candy granules easy to find?

SweetSugarBelle said...

Heather! I love these! Besides being the perfect color, they are cotton candy flavored! You had a genius moment with that! These are absolutely beautiful!

Georgia said...

So pretty! I did not know you can buy cotton candy sugar.

Caroline said...

Beautiful! I have no other words!

Yuri - Chef Pandita said...

Gorgeous :)

A Canadian Foodie said...

You are one talented woman - both in cooking and in photography. STUNNING!
:)
Valerie

Becca said...

These look so pretty and sparkley! I've never heard of cotton candy granules, but now I feel that it is my missionto hunt them down to make these because I love cotton candy flavored things (cotton candy Dum Dums = LOVE)

little random happiness said...

So pretty!!! I love the sparkly pink meringues with the black and white ribbon...very Parisian :)

Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot said...

Oh my goodness these look delicious, Heather! I love them even more knowing they're for Kristan. She's a sweetie pie that deserves all this pink sparkly sweetness.

Mary said...

you are a food artist! i so love looking at your blog- i still haven't gotten up the nerve to try anything yet because your perfection is intimidating... but there's a someday!

Dana said...

these are GORGEOUS...just like everything else you make :)

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Paula said...

These are perfect for Kristan. Petite, Pink, and Sparkly! They are really a beautiful little treat.

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

SOOOOO gorgeous!!!!! They are all just so perfect and the disco dust is the magic finishing touch!

Dana@TheSundaySweet said...

I want you as a friend! I would be over-the-moon happy if someone made these for me. I love them.

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen said...

What a fabulous idea! LOVE it

Gerdy said...

so beautiful ... pink and sparkly <3
what tip do you use ?

thelittleloaf said...

This is SUCH a good idea - your meringues are absolutely perfect! Love the addition of cotton candy and the gorgeous pink colour.

Rituparna said...

Happy Birthday to Kristan. How adorable are those ! I have a Birthday coming in May Heather :-)

Sande said...

Help! these look fabulous and I would love to make these for someone special. However, I am not sure what is meant by cotton candy granules? Can someone explain? Thank you!

Cookin' Canuck said...

These are absolutely gorgeous! Happy Birthday to sweet (and damn funny) Kristan.

Lily said...

These are just adorable! I'm in love!

Laurie {Simply Scratch} said...

These are so pretty and dainty and cute and I LOVE THEM!!

Gourmantine said...

These would make the cutest gifts! (if I wouldn't have them all before that it is...) Stunning!

We Are Not Martha said...

These are SO SO pretty! I love how they glitter :)

Sues

Heidi said...

Love em! That's all I can say really, love.

Heidi said...

Also, thank you for showing me a new blog. Don't worry though, I will always love you best.

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

These are beautiful! What a great idea :)

Megan said...

What great photos! The meringues look fabulous and the syling is beautifully done.

vanillasugarblog said...

that color pink mixed with the black & white is so fabulous

L. said...

Hi! I've been a long time follower of your blog, and you and so many others have finally inspired me to start my own. I would love it if you could drop by and give my site a visit!

On a recipe note, I've never heard of cotton candy granules, but they sound like something that should definitely not be missing from my life. And cotton candy meringues should be what dreams are made out of.

Annette said...

These look scrumptious and I LOVE a desert too.

Christy said...

Hi, I made your champagne cupcakes last night...they are delicious! I added strawberry jam to fill the cupcakes with as well as the pastry creme. It was perfect...thinking of making the batter strawberry champagne.

Thanks for sharing that recipe...I posted it in my blog today....www.lifeofamodernhousewife.com

Cheers!

Magic of Spice said...

These are absolutely wonderful! Beautiful detail and no doubt delectable :)

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

wow, such a pretty pretty colour that is! love it :)

Lexy said...

Is "cotton candy granules" made from "cotton candy sugar"? I'm always confused when recipes say 1/2 c. of something ground the same as 1/2 cup of the original ingredient. In other words is it the same as saying 1/2 c. of sugar ground up? I would imagine it takes more than 1/2 c of sugar to get 1/2 c. granules. Are you now as confused as I am? Thanks :-)))

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet said...

So pretty like little fairy bites and such a lovely flavor suggestion.

Lili said...

OMGosh they are exquisite! LOVE them. xo ~Lili

Elizabeth said...

SO pretty!!

yeeha234 said...

I am going to make these for my daughter's 21 bday next week! I am going to make them smaller do I can top cupcakes with them!

Emily said...

These are so pretty and I'm sure very yummy! I would like to make these for my daughter's birthdy, but where do I find cotton candy sugar granules?

velvetsugarfloss said...
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velvetsugarfloss said...

a must try! look so beautiful! i love cotton candy so much...

Gloria said...

Where do you get the cotton candy granules?

Arah said...

Yey! recipes! Surely I'm gonna try this..

Maggie said...

Omg, you made my day with this recipe, my daughter loves cotton candy and will love these at her bday party, thank you a million times

Nadia Franco said...

Hello! These look so cute!!! I've tried this recipe a couple of times, but the mixture comes up to runny. I've tried over beating it and also under beating it, and It's always the same. They taste yummy, but I can't get them to hold their shape. Do you have any tips? Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Made these last night! Great success: http://instagram.com/p/Ut1WZMoBO3/
Only differences are I used strawberry cotton candy sugar instead of vanilla, and gold stars in lieu of disco dust.

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