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Icicles Dessert

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Icicles! These yummy meringue topped cookies are all my children ask for during Christmas!! It is no wonder that they do so because the Icicles are simply addictive! Try and see if you don't believe me!
Ingredients
  Butter 2 4⁄25 Ounce (2 Ounce Plus 1 Teaspoon)
  Sugar 2 Ounce
  Flour 3 Ounce
  Cornflour 1 Ounce
  Water 3 Teaspoon
  Vanilla essence 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Apricot jam 2 Ounce
  Lemon juice 1 Teaspoon
  Egg whites 2
  Sugar 4 Ounce
  Corn flour 1 Ounce
Directions

Preheat the oven to moderate 350°F (Gas Mark 4, 180°C).
Using the teaspoon of butter, grease two large baking sheets.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, cream the remaining butter with a wooden spoon until it is soft.
Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Sift the flour and cornflour [cornstarch] on to the mixture, and mix it in with a metal spoon.
Mix in the water and the vanilla essence.
Lightly knead the dough.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a circle about 1/4 inch thick.
Using a 1 1/2 inch pastry cutter, cut out circles of the dough and place them on the baking sheets.
Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 8 minutes or until the biscuits [cookies] are a light golden brown.
While the biscuits [cookies] are baking, prepare the meringue.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with a wire whisk or rotary beater until they form stiff peaks.
Add 1 tablespoon of the sugar and continue beating for 1 minute.
Using a metal spoon, carefully fold in the remaining sugar.
Remove the biscuits [cookies] from the oven and set them aside to cool slightly.
In a small mixing bowl, mix together the apricot jam and lemon juice.
Place a small teaspoonful of the jam mixture in the centre of each biscuit [cookie].
Place a 1/2 inch star nozzle in a large forcing bag and fill the bag with the meringue mixture.
Pipe swirls of meringue on to the biscuits [cookies], covering them completely and pulling the last squeeze up into a point.
Return the baking sheets to the oven and bake for 8 minutes or until the meringue is set and lightly browned.
Remove the baking sheets from the oven and allow the icicles to cool slightly.
Transfer the icicles to a wire rack and allow them to cool completely before serving.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cookie
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian

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