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Learn how to make these mini Halloween meringue desserts. Topped off with tiny horns, these treats are devilishly tasty.
4 egg whites, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
10 drops red food coloring, plus more for streaking
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For black royal icing horns:
3 tablespoons meringue powder
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
4 cups confectioners sugar
10 drops black food coloring
Heat oven to 200° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using a stand mixer, mix egg whites, sugar and vinegar using the whisk attachment. Start on low speed and gradually increase to high whip until stiff peaks form, about 10 minutes.
Add vanilla extract and food coloring and mix until well-combined.
On the inside of your pastry bag, fitted with a large round tip, paint vertical lines of red food coloring (this will create the light and dark red swirls). Then, fill the bag with the meringue.
On a lined baking sheet, pipe a Hershey's Kiss-shaped dessert that is about 2 inches wide. Repeat with remaining meringue, keeping them at least 1 inch apart.
Bake meringue dessert in the oven until they've slightly expanded, about 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 175° F and bake for 4 hours or until they're completely dry on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside.
Make royal black icing: Using a stand mixer, combine meringue powder, warm water, vinegar and confectioners sugar. Beat for 6-8 minutes. Add black food coloring and mix until well combined.
Fill another piping bag with black royal icing and pipe two "horns" on each side of the meringue. Let it set for 1-2 hours to completely harden.