Old-fashioned Mock Maple Kisses

Mock maple kisses on plate

I always try to make a wide variety of holiday cookies, including a gluten-free option. Meringue cookies are a personal favorite, so I was pleased to find a hundred-year-old recipe for Mock Maple Kisses. They are a light and airy meringue cookie. When I bite into them, they take me back to a summer evening, and remind of marshmallows delicately toasted over a campfire.

Here is the original recipe:

Recipe for Mock Maple Kisses
Source: Good Housekeeping (December, 1919)

I found this recipe to be a little challenging. Since very little liquid is called for, the boiled brown sugar mixture quickly moves past the “thread’ stage to the “soft ball” stage. I added a little additional water to get the temperature and stage right. But, the meringues ended up not having the classic “kiss” shape.

Here is the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Mock Maple Kisses

  • Servings: approximately 40 kisses
  • Difficulty: difficult
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2 cups brown sugar

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg white

Put sugar, water, and vanilla in a sauce pan; stir, and then using medium-low heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook until the mixture reaches the “thread” stage (223° – 234° F.). Since there is very little liquid, the mixture will reach this stage very quickly after it comes to a boil. A little additional water may need to be added if the mixture inadvertently moves beyond the “thread” stage.) Remove from heat.

In the meantime, preheat oven to 250° F. Put the egg white into a mixing bowl and beat with an electric beater until stiff peaks form. Slowly add the sugar sauce, one tablespoon at a time, while continuing to beat. Drop by rounded teaspoons two inches apart on greased baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the kisses can easily be removed from the parchment paper.

5 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Mock Maple Kisses

  1. My family would love these if they taste like marshmallows done over a fire! I always cringe a little when the marshmallow roasting starts ,that bag of marshmallows disappears in no time.

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