Preheat oven to 275 degrees F., rack in the middle position
3 egg whites
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar (pack down in cup when measuring)
2 tablespoons flour
½ cup finely chopped pecans
3 to 4 dozen candied pecan halves OR 3 to 4 dozen Maraschino cherry halves
Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper or brown parcel-wrapping paper, spray with Pam or another non-stick cooking spray. Dust with Flour.
Beat egg whites with cream of tartar, vanilla, and salt until peaks form. Beat in brown sugar gradually by the quarter cup. Mix flour with ground nuts. Sprinkle on whipped egg whites and fold with rubber spatula, keeping air in the mixture. Drop mounds of dough onto prepared cookie sheets.
Hanna’s 2nd Note: I use a tablespoon from my silverware to drop the mounds on the baking sheets. A cookie scooper doesn’t work very well for this.
Place one candied pecan or half Maraschino cherry in the center of each mound. Bake your Angel Crunch Cookies at 275 degrees F. for 40 minutes or until slightly golden and dry. Cool onto wire rack, and store in an airtight container in a dry place. (A cupboard shelf is fine, just NOT the refrigerator!)
Yield: 3 to 4 dozen sweet and crunch meringue cookies that are as light as air that everyone will love to eat.
About the Book
Everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, may have had their doubts, but at long last, Hannah Swensen is getting married!
Hannah is thrilled to be marrying Ross Barton, her college crush. And her excitement only grows when she learns he’ll be able to join her on her trip to New York City for the Food Channel’s dessert chef contest. She’s especially nervous about facing Alain Duquesne, a celebrity chef with a nasty reputation. But before he can tear into Hannah’s layer cake, she finds him stabbed to death on the show’s kitchen set. Out of the oven, as the saying goes, and into the bright lights of Broadway, as Hannah tries to solve a mystery with more layers than a five-tiered wedding cake…
Joanne Fluke is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which include Double Fudge Brownie Murder, Blackberry Pie Murder, Cinnamon Roll Murder, and the book that started it all, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. That first installment in the series premiered as Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in Southern California. Please visit her online at firstname.lastname@example.org