These gluten-free saffron pistachio meringue cookies are light and airy and so easy to whip up with the help of meringue powder.
These saffron pistachio cookies are the perfect addition to a holiday cookie box. They have a beautiful floral scent of saffron baked in and are adorned with green pistachios on top for a light, gluten-free cookie with Indian flavors. If you are looking for other additions to your holiday cookie box, check out a khajur burfi (date and nut roll) or chai sugar cookies.
What is meringue powder?
Meringue powder is a combination of sugar, dried egg white powder, cornstarch, and cream of tartar. It is a dry mixture that has everything you need to sweeten and stabilize a fluffy meringue. Meringue powder simply needs water to hydrate it and then the mixture is whipped to stiff peaks. The pro of using meringue powder is that you don't need to worry about the hassle of separating egg whites and egg yolks or the right proportion of dry ingredients needed to stabilize the meringue.
Where to get meringue powder
The meringue powder that I used for developing this recipe is Judee's meringue powder mix. You can order it online or find it in your local grocery store.
Substituting for meringue powder
If you don't have meringue powder, you can instead whip 3 egg whites (100g) into soft peaks and then add 150g of powdered sugar. If you are looking for a vegan alternative, you can use 100g of aquafaba or chickpea water.Print