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March 22, 2008

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cassie

How are these cookies meant to be eaten? I had a friend make some years ago, but they were very crunchy (hard) and crumbly and made a big mess. Is that how they are supposed to turn out?

Donna

Make them bite-size, that way you can pop them right into your mouth without making a mess!
They're meant to be crispy and dry on the outside. But they're so light they melt in your mouth. Kind of like cotton candy. There's a whole pile of that stuff on the stick, but once in your mouth, it melts into nothingness!
Hope that helps!
Donna

Shari

The macaroons in the shape of a heart are adorable. I gotta try these someday!

Donna

Thanks Shari!
They really are as easy as I said! You're going to love them!
Happy Baking!
Donna

Charmaine

Easy Peasy! Will have to try these. One question though...it says at the end to bake...turn off the oven and leave in for another hour...what if you have a bunch more to make...can you just remove them from the oven and put in the next batch? Didn't know how necessary it was to keep them in the oven while it was cooling down.

Thanks!
Charmaine

Donna

Hi Charmaine!
Meringues need the extra time to dry out inside. I rushed them myself once, thinking that it didn't matter. It did. The insides were a little squidgy! Not soggy or runny, just not quite dry enough. I've seen some recipes that tell you to leave them in the oven overnight to dry out completely. I don't have to do that with this recipe. Mine are fine with just an extra 60-75 minutes.

It also depends on the weather that day. Is it dry or humid in your home? If it's humid, then you'll definitely need the extra time to dry them out.

If you have more to make, you could try increasing the oven temperature by 25 degrees to speed up the time. Unfortunately, the raw meringues would have probably fallen apart by the time you get them in the oven. This recipe is so quick and easy to make. Best whip up the second batch a little later.
Hope that helps!
Donna

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