How to make creepy, bloody meringue mice for Halloween
Want a surefire way to scare the pants off your friends or family? Place one of these meringue mice on their plate before dinnertime, and watch them scream. Trust me, it works. I did this very trick with my husband tonight.
Plus, how delicious is meringue? Not only that, but it's quite possibly the easiest thing you could make. All you need are five ingredients to make these mice not only taste delicious but look pretty darn creepy too.
To make them, simply whip the egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla. I do this using my stand mixer, because who has the time to whip it by hand?
You mix until the mixture is slightly stiff but still curls under. Sounds weird, but it makes sense. Just look at the photo.
Then you add the sugar, 1 painstaking tablespoon at a time. You don't want to dump it all in at once, because trust me, then you'll have to remake the entire thing, and that's just dumb.
After the sugar is added, you whip for another few minutes on high until very stiff peaks form. In layman's terms, that means the meringue should stand up straight on its own. Next comes the fun part.
Tint it gray! I mean, have you really ever seen a white mouse?
You mix in the food coloring and then stuff the meringue into a piping bag. This is how you'll pipe the mixture into funky mouse shapes.
After that, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and pipe mouse shapes onto the paper. Then you bake, let sit for 1 hour in the oven and then decorate with some icing gel and almonds.
And wahoo! You'll get really cute mice to spook your family with!
Meringue mice recipe
Adapted from Recipe.com
These are quick to put together but do take a bit of time in the oven, so plan ahead. Make your mice extra creepy by using red icing gel for the eyes.
Prep time: 15 minutes | Bake time: 5 minutes | Inactive time: 1 hour | Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- 2 jumbo egg whites, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 20 black licorice slices
- Sliced almonds
- Black and red icing gel
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, and grease slightly.
- Place the egg whites into a mixing bowl, and then mix in the vanilla extract and the cream of tartar. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Add in the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture forms a very stiff peak and the sugar is mostly dissolved.
- Add a few dabs of black food coloring, and mix to get a soft gray color. Scoop the mixture into a piping bag, and pipe the mixture onto the foil in teardrop mouse shapes.
- Smooth the tops, and create a pointed end on the heads.
- Bake for 5 minutes. Turn off the oven, and let the meringue mice sit (in the unopened oven) for at least 1 hour.
- Remove your mice from the oven, and place them onto a wire cooling rack. Add 2 eyes with red food gel and 1 nose with black food gel. Add a red dab under the nose for spooky "blood."
- Carefully slice 2 slits on the tops of the heads, and add 2 almond slivers to each mouse. Slice the black licorice into small strips, and stick 1 into the back of each mouse.