Is it possible to have a pre-mid-life-crisis? Because I think I’m having one.
I am just not really feeling this whole growing-up thing. The idea of working a 9 to 5 Monday through Friday gig literally gives me hives and makes me want to race to the mall for some retail therapy. Even looking at slacks and blazers and modest flats gives me sweaty palms. I meaaaaan.. no!
I would totally love to have my own place with my own cool furniture and kitschy knickknacks, but I have a feeling that paying rent is seriously overrated. And apparently at this time in my life, saving money isn’t as sensible as buying as multiple pairs of galaxy leggings. You smirk, but I literally have four pairs. FOUR. No one needs four pairs of nebulas on my legs, except I do. Like, the need burns deep from within my soul to own every pair of legging possible. I’m hooked.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to buy some sports car or start dating younger guys (as the latter would be illegal), however, I do feel like I am desperately trying to hold onto my frivolous adolescence by buying plastic unicorns that double as sprinkle shakers rather than saving that money towards, say, a currently-non-existent savings account.
At this rate, I’m just kinda hoping I’ll marry rich. Or win the lottery. Or become a housewife. Hey, it could happen. And I am not really feeling that new Lydia chick on RHOC, so I am suggesting myself as a substitute. Just saying.
Anywhooooo, in my attempt to keep my teenage years in my death-clutch, I made some food with flavors reminiscent of childhood: cotton candy! I loved the stuff as a kid and it was a fair-food MUST whenever we’d go. To this day, I’m still enamored with it (similar to how I still feel about The Spice Girls, Barbies, and Mary-Kate and Ashley, aka OBSESSIVE LOVE), but I’m more intrigued with what I can make to taste like cotton candy, too. Meringues were one of those natural progressions — and the perfect base for cotton candy!
Meringues used to freak me out, as did most French foods because I feel like I’m not nearly fancy enough to say them, much less eat something with a circumflex in the name. Also because they require whipping egg whites “until they’re stiff” which gave me the jitters just wondering if it was stiff enough (that’s what she said — I’m awful).
But just so y’all know, they’re actually quite easy. And you do feel kinda fancy eating them. Until you break out the sprinkly unicorn toy. Then you’re just reminded that you’re a 14 year old stuck in a grown-up’s body and you eat your feelings in Cotton Candy Meringues because of this reminder.
NOTE: Since Duncan Hines has discontinued the Frosting Creations packets, please omit the Frosting Creations packet from the recipe and use 1/2 tsp cotton candy extract which you can find at craft stores or HERE. *this is an affiliate link.
Cotton Candy Meringues *from Jennifer’s Meringue recipe
- 3 egg whites
- ½ cup Cotton Candy Spinning Sugar*
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ tsp cream of tartar
- 1 pkt. Duncan Hines Frosting Creations in Cotton Candy
- First, I highly suggest putting on an evening gown, elbow-length gloves and setting out your nicest tea settings. Play some Mozart to set the tone. Sh*t's about to get fancy in huuuurrr. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 175 degrees.
- Place your egg whites and both sugars into the bowl of an electric mixer. If you're using the stainless steel one, even better! Place the stainless steel mixing bowl over a pot of simmering water and whisk constantly, until the mixture has combined and the sugar has dissolved. Remove the bowl from the heat carefully and attach it to your mixer.
- Add the cream or tartar and the Cotton Candy packet. Begin whipping the egg whites with the whisk attachment on high speed until stiff peaks form.
- Spoon the meringue into a piping bag attached with a star tip. Pipe the meringues onto parchment or silicone-lined baking sheets. Bake the meringues in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 40 minutes. I know it's a long time, but have some caviar or something to tide you over. Once the meringues are done baking, crack the oven door open (and obviously turn off the heat) so the meringues can cool off in the oven for a bit.
- Bring the meringues out to the party and eat them. Edible party guests are always the best kind.
- *Note: I used American Candy Company's Spinning Sugar in Blue Raspberry flavor, which I found at World Market (Sur La Table also sells it). Using the cotton candy spinning sugar in place of regular granulated sugar intensifies the cotton candy flavoring and provides a deeper pop of blue color. If you can't find the spinning sugar, feel free to use white sugar entirely.*
If you’re a lover of all things sweet, cotton candy-y, and pretty, you’ll adore these cookies! Not only are they super duper easy, but they taste just like cotton candy. These meringues would look adorable on a candy buffet for a spring-or-summertime party, or would be equally perfect in gift bags for birthday parties! Plus, you can switch up the flavors of the meringues to suit your mood since there are over 12 Duncan Hines Frosting Creations flavors to choose from! [Hello, someone make me some bubblegum meringues and STAT.] And these meringues are gluten-free!
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