Say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day with 3 dozen blush pink strawberry meringue roses. Your valentine will love these strawberry meringue cookies, made with natural color and flavor!
Valentine's Day is going to be extra sweet this year since I'll get to celebrate with not one but TWO handsome guys! I'm looking forward to extra snuggles with Cameron on his first Valentine's Day, and I got him a cute little book (Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar) for a special Valentine's Day story time. Alex and I tend to prefer a low key Valentine's Day, so we'll be celebrating with a nice, home cooked meal and all the chocolate we can get our hands on.
These meringue roses are such a fun Valentine treat! The light-as-air meringue is a nice departure from the richness of all the chocolatey treats we'll surely be eating. AND these strawberry meringue cookies are naturally flavored and made without food coloring! The strawberry flavor and beautiful pink hue come from freeze-dried strawberries, which are ground into a powder and mixed with the sugar.
The rose shape is deceptively easy to pipe. Using a piping bag and star piping tip (I used a Wilton 1M piping tip), you'll simply pipe the meringue in a tight swirl shape, starting at the center and circling outward. When you're finished piping each rose, pull the bag away horizontally instead of lifting the bag straight up so that you don't end up with any small peaks that would be more likely to burn in the oven. And though the meringue roses will be beautiful on their own, adding some edible pearl "sprinkles" (like these) will give them a little extra something!Print