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Halloween Meringue Bones

Surprisingly realistic but very easy to make. Give them away to trick or treaters–that’ll scare them!–Annie Rigg

LC Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones Note

Remember the Dem Bones song? The just-can’t-get-it-outta-your-mind lyrics of the little ditty are sorta fortuitous in terms of making these meringue bones, seeing as you need to let them bake low and slow until dry, dry, dry to the touch. You may even find yourself humming along to the Delta Rhythm Boys as you hand out dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones to little ghosts and goblins.

Special Equipment: Piping bag fitted with a plain 3/8-inch tip

Halloween Meringue Cookie Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • Makes about 12 bones

Ingredients

  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 3 1/2 ounces (3 to 4 eggs) egg whites
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F (200˚C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • 2. Pour the sugar into a baking dish and heat it in the preheated oven for about 4 minutes, until hot to the touch. Remove the sugar from the oven and turn the oven temperature down to 225˚F (110˚C).
  • 3. With a standing mixer or an electric hand-held mixer, whisk the egg whites and salt until foamy. Quickly tip all the hot sugar into the bowl and whisk on medium-high speed until the meringue is very thick, super glossy, and white, 6 to 8 minutes. In order to be sufficiently thick for piping, the meringue should hold soft peaks and, if you feel bold and are so inclined to turn the bowl upside down and hold it over your head, the meringue should stay put.
  • 4. Spoon the meringue into the piping bag. Alternatively, spoon it into a large resealable plastic bag and snip off one of the bottom corners. Pipe a log shape about 4 inches long on the baking sheet. Pipe two small blobs of meringue on each end of the log to make a bone shape. Repeat, spacing the bones a decent distance apart from one another.
  • 5. Bake the meringue bones for about 40 minutes, until crisp and dry to the touch. (The larger your bones, the longer it will take for them to turn crisp and dry.) Turn the oven off but leave the bones inside until they cool to room temperature. The meringue bones will keep in an airtight container for 1 to 2 days.
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