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“Boo”-rrific Kisses

The Taste of Home Test Kitchen turned cute meringue cookies into these whimsical kisses, perfect for Halloween. With just 15 calories, each little treat can be enjoyed guilt-free! —Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Orange food coloring, optional
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips


  • Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add extracts and vinegar; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved, about 6 minutes. Beat in food coloring if desired.
  • Transfer the meringue to a pastry bag fitted with a #10 round tip. Pipe 1-1/2-in.-diameter ghost shapes onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Add 2 chips on each for eyes.
  • Bake at 250° until set and dry, 40-45 minute. Turn oven off; leave cookies in oven for 1 hour. Carefully remove from parchment. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 meringue: 15 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
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  • kschneider8942
    Nov 17, 2013

    These are super cute and super easy! My shapes didn't turn out like the picture, but they were still ghostly. This will be an annual Halloween treat.

  • JCV4
    Oct 28, 2013

    These have a great taste to them. It's kind of like making angel food cake. I didn't use the orange food coloring. The hardest part was putting the eyes on. Great recipe, thanks!

  • heaty89
    Nov 14, 2012

    These were nice and festive. Everyone enjoyed them, especially the kids! I didn't make mine so pointy, or use orange food coloring and they turned out great.

  • tdadj12
    Jun 19, 2012

    My kids and great grandchildren love them. can't make only one patch.

  • OneNonBlonde
    Mar 22, 2012

    I first made these about 15 years ago, as a Halloween treat for a neighbor's kids, who weren't allowed real trick-or-treat candy. And I've made it every year since! People expect them, and the reviews are always great!

  • ljoberle
    Jan 6, 2012

    These are amazing! I substitute Splenda for the sugar, omit the chocolate chips, and use vanilla extract in place of almond. Some of my variations are adding orange extract, adding apple pie seasoning, or adding instant hazelnut coffee granules, that's the best! My mom and I love them!

  • julie-locke1
    Nov 27, 2011

    I make these every year for our Halloween party and they are always a big hit! Kids and adults love them.

  • mrsclausme
    Oct 22, 2011

    Such a cute idea and good. Be creative, they don't have to be pointed - blob them into ghostly shapes.

  • glory66
    Oct 7, 2011

    This was a terrible treat last year and I intend to make it again this year. So easy and goos.

  • daisykent_5
    Oct 6, 2011

    I does look a little kkk-ish with how it's all pointed at the top... But hopefully with all the other halloween treats around it will just all go together. ..what if you just stuck tiny chocolate chips on a white hersheys kiss? it'd have the same effect without the 'pointy hats'