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Lemon Cardamom Meringue Cookies
Diabetic Living Magazine
“Bite into one of these cookies and you'll discover the subtle flavor of spice kissed with a hint of citrus. And the best part? Just 9 calories each!”
3 egg whites
¼ cup sugar (see Tip)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon, lime, or orange peel
1Let egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line a very large cookie sheet (or two smaller cookie sheets) with parchment paper or foil; set aside. In a small bowl, stir together sugar, cornstarch, and cardamom; set aside.
2Preheat oven to 300°F. In a medium bowl, combine egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tartar. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form (tips curl over). Gradually add the sugar mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Fold in citrus peel.
3Spoon egg white mixture into a piping bag fitted with an extra-large star tip. Pipe mixture into thirty swirls onto prepared cookie sheet, making each swirl about 2 inches in diameter and 1- ½ inches tall and leaving a 1- ½-inch space between swirls. (Or spoon egg white mixture into a resealable plastic bag. Snip off one corner. Pipe into thirty "kiss" shapes that are the same size as the swirls.)
4Bake for 20 minutes (if using two cookie sheets, bake at the same time on separate racks). Turn off oven. Let cookies dry in oven, with door closed, for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and gently peel off the parchment paper or foil.
Tip: We do not recommend using sugar substitute for this recipe.
To make ahead: To store, layer cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.