Assumption Merengues Recipe — Celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary !
The feast of the Assumption of Our Lady on August 15th, reminds us that we, too, are called to go to heaven. Not exactly the way that she did, but our mission is to journey there. Mary was given to us by God to help us along the way.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states in numeral 966 :
“Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.”
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians:
In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death.
For all these reasons, as catholics, we ought to celebrate this feast, BIG! Get your family together, plan to go to mass, pray a rosary and get in the kitchen!
Cooking as a family is a bonding experience and a fun way to teach the faith to your children.
Below, is the Assumption Merengue or “Merenguitos de Maria” recipe. This idea came out of a brainstorming activity at a YAG night with Rafael,Peter,Cristina and Jess!
This treat has a lot of symbolism.
Shape: its upward shape reminds us of our journey up to heaven.
12 yellow stars: the 12 stars on her crown.
Colors: Blue represents the color of Mary and White her purity.
servings: 60 1-INCH DIAMETER COOKIES
calories: 10 KCAL
846, 869, or any large star tipPiping bagBaking SheetsParchment paperMixer
- 4 egg whites
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 blue food coloring
- 1 bag gold/yellow star shaped sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
- Place the egg whites in a large, clean mixing bowl, and add the cream of tartar and salt.
- Whip the whites on medium speed until foamy and just beginning to turn white.
- While continuing to whip, add in the sugar very slowly (about 1/4 teaspoon at a time).
- When all the sugar has been added, turn the mixer up to high speed and whip until the meringue is glossy and very stiff.
- Stir in the vanilla extract, then fold in the color (if using).
- Transfer the meringue to a clean piping bag fitted with a French star tip, and pipe 1-inch diameter kisses onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake the meringues in the warm oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until light and crisp (do not brown).
- Decorate by sprinkling the gold stars around and serve.
We suggest you say this prayer before making the meringues :
Father, we thank you for the gift of Mother Mary and her glorious Assumption. Help us understand our mission as a family and through her loving intercession and friendship journey straight to Heaven with the angels and Saints.
- Happy Feast of the Assumption of Mary !