White Christmas: Festive Crafts and Treats
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine egg whites, cream of tartar, peppermint extract, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight).
2. Carefully transfer meringue into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round tip. Pipe 2-inch mounds 1 inch apart onto prepared cookie sheet.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 1-1/2 hours or until meringues appear dry and are firm when lightly touched. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.
4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or waxed paper; set aside. Dip meringue bottoms into melted chocolate and then into the crushed candy. Transfer to prepared cookie sheets. Let stand until chocolate is set.