Lesson Plan: Whip Up Heavenly Meringue Cookies: A Delightful Recipe for Light and Airy Treats!

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Lesson Plan: Whip Up Heavenly Meringue Cookies: A Delightful Recipe for Light and Airy Treats!

Grade Levels: 6-8

- To introduce middle school students to the process of making meringue cookies.
- To enhance students' understanding of the science behind egg whites and the transformation they undergo when whipped.
- To encourage creativity in flavor variations and decorating techniques.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3: Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

- 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (or other desired flavoring)
- Gel food coloring (optional)
- Piping bag with star tip (or desired tip)
- Baking sheets
- Parchment paper
- Mixing bowls
- Electric mixer
- Spatula


1. Introduction (10 minutes)
- Begin the lesson by discussing the light and airy texture of meringue cookies.
- Engage students in a conversation about their experiences with meringue-based desserts and their understanding of the main ingredient, egg whites.

2. Explaining the Science of Meringue (15 minutes)
- Discuss the unique properties of egg whites and how they transform when whipped.
- Explain the process of protein denaturation and the formation of stable foam when air is incorporated into the egg whites.

3. Meringue Batter Preparation (20 minutes)
- Instruct students to separate the egg whites from the yolks, ensuring no traces of yolk remain in the whites.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the egg whites using an electric mixer until they become frothy.
- Gradually add the granulated sugar while continuing to beat until stiff peaks form.
- Introduce the vanilla extract (or other flavorings) and optional gel food coloring, mixing until evenly incorporated.

4. Piping and Decorating (15 minutes)
- Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Fill the piping bag with the meringue batter, fitted with a star tip (or desired tip).
- Instruct students to pipe small, swirl-shaped mounds onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving space between each cookie.
- Encourage students to experiment with different piping techniques and patterns to create unique designs.

5. Baking and Cooling (20 minutes)
- Preheat the oven to the recommended temperature.
- Bake the meringue cookies for the specified time, until they are dry and firm to the touch but not browned.
- Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheets before carefully removing them.

6. Reflection and Tasting (10 minutes)
- Lead a discussion on the transformation of the egg whites into meringue cookies and the science behind it.
- Encourage students to describe the texture, taste, and appearance of the cookies they made.
- Allow students to enjoy their delightful creations or consider packaging them as gifts.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

These beautiful meringue cookies are light as air, perfectly sweet, and so easy to make! Great with a cup or coffee and look wonderful on a cookie tray! Meringue cookies are such a delightful addition to the table and so easy to make! I love to flavor mine with a drop of good vanilla but almond and even peppermint are great choices too. Try dipping or drizzling with chocolate for an extra layer of flavor and remember, these make wonderful gifts!.Recipe: https://preppykitchen.com/meri....ngue-cookies/SUBSCRIhttps://www.youtube.com/channe....l/UCTvYEid8tmg0jqGPD ME ON:Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PreppyKitchenInstagram: http://instagram.com/PreppyKitchenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/PreppyKitchenWebsite: http://www.PreppyKitchen.com

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