Air Cookies

If you have attended any Green Circle Grove or other local holiday function, you’ve seen these cookies.  Maybe you were one of the people who exclaimed, “oh! Divinity!” and were met with our shaking heads.  Or…maybe you said, “I remember these cookies from grade school when Meredith’s mother would send them in for parties!” …And these comments were met with our happily nodding heads.  Now, here’s the recipe for you to try at home!

My mother called them Peppermint Kisses.  My children called them Air Cookies, because in order to impress on them the importance of beating each tablespoon of sugar in completely, I would send them for cups of air to pour into the batter.  You’ll find, when you bite into one of these confections, the pepperminty scented air is really there in the center of the cookie!

“AIR COOKIES” (Peppermint Kisses)

Begin by gathering your ingredients:

2 egg whites

10 tablespoons granulated sugar

8 cups Christmas air (best gathered by children from near the Christmas tree)

½ cup chocolate chips

2 teaspoons crushed peppermint candy

Dash of salt

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or ungreased brown paper (paper bags are great).

Use ungreased paper to line pans.


Beat egg whites until stiff.

Start adding granulated sugar when egg whites “hold peaks”.

Add 8 tablespoons of sugar, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.  Alternate sugar with Christmas air, taking care not to spill the air.

Fold in remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, the chocolate chips, crushed peppermint and salt.

FOLD in remaining ingredients carefully: do not beat.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.  This recipe will make about 2 dozen cookies.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until meringues are lightly brown and dry. Remove from paper immediately. 

Cool a little before eating; the chips inside the cookies will be hot!

If there are any left, store in tightly covered tins!


This post is shared with “Happy Holidays at the HomeAcre Hop“.


  1. The the Christmas air ingredient. 🙂

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