So, I realize that I missed yesterday in my 12 Days of Christmas series. Oops. Let me explain. Being the anti-mathlete that I am, I slipped up subtracting 12 from 24 and accidentally started a day early. My bad. Hopefully you can forgive me and read on.
- 1/2 cup egg whites (4 large eggs, or from a carton)
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup fine white sugar
- 6 large dried apricots
- 24 raisins
- 24 pretzel sticks
- 48 currants
Start by cutting each of your apricots into 2 large triangles (carrot noses, duh?).
Preheat your oven to 225 degrees celsius. In a large metal bowl, whip your eggwhites and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Add your vanilla, and slowly add your sugar one tablespoon at a time, whipping on high speed until very stiff peaks form.
On a parchment lined baking sheet (you’ll probably need 2), drop roughly half cup spoonfuls of meringue, and spread them a little so they look nice and melty. Drop in your dried fruit (one apricot nose, 2 raisin eyes, and four currant teeth) and stick in a pretzel stick on either side. You can arrange the pieces in a face, or just let them fall…depends on how melted you want your snowman to look.
Bake in the middle rack of your oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours (longer means crunchier meringues).
Now I know it may be hard to bite into their adorable little faces, but trust me, these guys are delish. Happy baking!