White Meringue Squirrels
I haven’t always been a fan of squirrels. In fact, they have always scared me! You see, when you go to a college where squirrels feel like it’s their birthright to sneak attack you and steal your food, you might be too! After years of restless nights, the tides have changed and believe it or not, those little fur babies have grown on me. Now, I find myself living in a town that celebrates their white squirrel population. And I am about to part take in my first White Squirrel Festival. Yep, a whole three days to bask in the glow of their squirrely goodness. So, in anticipation I’ve made meringue white squirrels. It’s time to join in on the fun and make your own!
3 Eggs Whites
Pinch of Salt
3/4 c. Confectioners Sugar
1 tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp. Almond Extract
Chocolate for decorations
Preheat the oven 250 degrees.
First step in making these meringue squirrels is to separate the eggs. Make sure not to get any yokes in the whites. Place the egg whites in a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. Whisk the eggs at medium speed until the eggs begin to bubble. Add the salt and continue to whisk. Next, pour in the lemon juice and mix.
Increase the speed and slowly add the sugar. Once all the sugar is incorporated add the extract. Allow the eggs to whisk on high until they begin to form stiff, glossy peaks.
Using a piping bag, pipe the meringue out onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Pipe one small circle, then another larger one under the first but slightly to the side. Finish by adding the “S” shaped tail.
Bake for about thirty minutes or until the sides begin to get color. Once the meringue starts to tan turn the oven off. Leave the baking sheet in the oven until the meringue’s are hardened. When all the squirrels are cooled add a chocolate nose and eye.