Peppermint Meringues

2 large egg whites, room temp 
1/8 teaspoon salt 
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar 
1/2 cup sugar 
2 peppermint candies, crushed 

Arrange oven racks to divide oven in thirds. 
Heat to 225 deg f. Line two cookie sheets with foil. 
In a large bowl, beat egg whites, salt and cream of tartar 
until peaks appear. 
Gradually add sugar and beat at medium speed for 5 to 6 minutes. 
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets.
Sprinkle with crushed candy. Bake 1 1/2 hours. 
Meringues should look dry and white. Turn off oven. 
Keep door ajar and let meringues cool. 
Loosen from foil with metal spatula. 
Store loosely covered in a dry place. 
Makes about 48 meringues each

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