Meringue Snowman

READY IN: 2hrs 40mins




  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk egg whites and salt, slowly adding 1/4 cup of granulated sugar.
  • Whisk until stiff.
  • Fold in remaining granulated sugar and confectioners' sugar.
  • Transfer meringue to a large pastry bag fitted with a 3/4-inch round tip.
  • On a parchment-lined baking sheet, pipe a 3-inch mound of meringue to form a snowman's body.
  • Pipe meringue into a"c-shape" on top of body, forming arms.
  • Pipe a 1 1/2-inch mound in center of arms to form a head.
  • Repeat to form 7 more snowmen.
  • Sprinkle snowmen with pearl sugar.
  • In a small bowl, combine remaining meringue and a few drops of red food coloring.
  • Transfer to a small parchment cone or a small pastry bag fitted with a#2 tip.
  • Pipe a red nose onto each snowman.
  • Bake snowmen until the outside is set yet the inside is still soft, about 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool.
  • When cool, remove the inside of each snowman with a spoon and discard.
  • Return to oven and bake until firm, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Make sure the snowmen remain white and do not begin to color.
  • Once firm, remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, roll 7 ounces almond paste to a thickness of 1/2-inch.
  • Using a 3/4-inch cutter, cut out 8 circles.
  • Using a toothpick, dip each almond paste circle into melted chocolate.
  • Transfer circles to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Swirl to form the border of hat.
  • Repeat with remaining circles and let cool completely.
  • Reserve 1/4 cup chocolate for decorating.
  • In a large bowl, combine remaining chocolate and heavy cream.
  • Transfer chocolate mousse to a large pastry bag fitted with a 3/4-inch round tip.
  • Pipe mousse into cooled snowmen.
  • Add a few drops of red food coloring to remaining 4 ounces almond paste.
  • Knead until completely combined.
  • Roll to 1/8-inch thick.
  • Cut into 8 (8 by 1/2-inch) strips to form scarves.
  • Place scarves around snowmen and top with cooled hats.
  • Transfer reserved chocolate to a small parchment cone or pastry bag fitted with a#1 tip.
  • Pipe eyes, mouths, and buttons on each snowman.
  • Serve immediately.