The Oscars are coming up - we are great fans of the Oscars, though we tend not to see many of the nominated movies. The event is very flamboyant and quintessentially Hollywood. All in all, entertaining.
We like to have Oscar-themed dinners too. My favorite was the year that Lord of the Rings won, and we had "One True Ring Tortellini" and "Sea Biscuits". That was a fun one!
This year, I had the idea of making little Oscar cookies. Though I love a great sugar cookie, I wanted something a bit easier with a bit fewer calories. These are just perfect!
Almond Meringue Oscars
- 4 egg whites, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 cup sugar
- yellow food coloring
- 1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
Heat oven to 250°F. Combine egg whites, almond extract and cream of tartar in large bowl.
Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until soft peaks form (about 1 minute).
Increase speed to high. Beat, gradually adding sugar 2 tablespoons at a time and scraping bowl often, until stiff peaks form and sugar is almost dissolved (2 to 3 minutes). Add 4 or 5 drops of yellow food coloring, to make a gold colored batter.
Fold in the almonds.
Scoop the batter into a large plastic bag. Cut one corner and pipe Oscar shapes onto a parchment covered baking pan.
The secret to the shape? The head is round, the body is basically an inverted triangle, and the base is a short line.
And the Oscar goes to....