Little Eyes / Meringue Cookies

I had no idea what to expect when I started Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin. I hadn’t read a synopsis and just went in blind. Luckily for me, I found it was a really engaging book. It is what I would call “sci-fi lite”. The world Schweblin creates is almost like our own, but with one small change, there is a new toy craze sweeping the world called a kentuki. It’s basically a Furby but with a webcam that allows a complete stranger to see through it’s eyes. You can either be the “keeper” of the kentucki and have the toy live with you or a “dweller” who can watch what happens on the other end. The book is comprised of several different narrators and one-off vignettes that hop around the globe tracking the kentuki craze.

My favorite narrator in the book was a little boy from Antigua who was “dwelling” inside a kentuki in Sweden. All the little boy wanted was to touch snow. In honor of Marvin, I decided to make some Meringue Cookies. These light and fluffy little treats are as close to snow as I can get with an oven. And as a recent transplant to the northeast, I can say without a doubt that these meringue cookies are much easier to deal with than real snow.

Meringue Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.

Beat egg whites until foamy.

Add cream of tartar and beat until fluffy.

Add the sugar gradually (about a tablespoon at a time) while still beating.

Add vanilla extract and continue to beat until meringue is shiny.

Drop by spoonful or pipe onto the baking sheet, leaving 1-inch space between each one.

Place baking sheet into the pre-heated oven and turn the oven off.

Leave cookies undisturbed in the oven for 2 hours.

Remove from the oven to cool.

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