The other night I babysat my nieces so my brother and sister-in-law could have a nice date night. I thought it would be fun to create a Valentine's-themed dessert with my cooking assistants. These turned out super cute, although I did have a few notes. You need to use food coloring gel. I just used regular food coloring and it made no difference once the meringues were cooked. Also, you want to cook these for about 2.5 hours, so plan accordingly. Also, while they are still hot they are really hard to pull up from the parchment paper. Let them sit for a while and then try removing them from the paper. Works like a charm. And finally, you want to use a wide, exaggerated heart cookie cutter. I started off with my thick, fat cookie cutter and the hearts weren't really defined enough. Then I switched and they turned out great.
5 large egg whites
1 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
Pinch of cream of tartar
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pink gel-paste food coloring