Sore Throat Remedy Marshmallow Cookies
This old fashioned marshmallow meringue cookie recipe is perfect for soothing sore throats and fussy kids or making for a fat-free, semi-healthy treat!
You know how I posted about my immune-boosting elderberry syrup last week? I was bragging about rarely getting sick while taking it?
God has a sense of humor.
Yes, I came down with a cold not 3 days after posting it *facepalm,* I can attest to the cold only lasting about 2 days though, which is great! Nevertheless, my boys have come down with it as well.
My toddler was up at all hours two nights ago, and I know why! This cold came with a nasty sore throat! I seriously felt like there was a raging brush fire in my throat for two days! When this happens to me, I pull out the big guns: Traditional Medicinals Tea Throat Coat.
No, it is not the tastiest tea, but sweetened with a little honey, it is bearable enough to give me some sore throat relief—which usually lasts a good hour or two after drinking it. Otherwise, I suck on Ricola Cough Drops or make these sensational little old-fashioned marshmallows!
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Yes, marshmallows used to be made from ACTUAL marshmallow, like the plant? The root of the marshmallow plat, to be exact. This root has mucilaginous properties that help coat your throat and soothe the soreness. I made a BIG batch today for the boys to help them feel better.
They’re easy to whip up, taste AH-mazing, and will help anyone with a sore throat feel a little brighter.
As much as I wish I could say this has been a recipe handed down from a grandmother, it was actually adapted from one of my favorite books: MaryJane’s Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook: For the Farmgirl in All of Us. This book tells the story of the fantastic Mary Jane Butters, an amazing woman who went from: first female park ranger in the United States, to single mother, to organic farmer, to Bed and Breakfast owner, to owner of a million dollar farming and authorship empire. This book contains things like recipes, gardening advice, sewing advice, and general homemaking ideas for the perfect “rugged glamour” enjoyed by anyone who lives “the simple life.” One of my favorite non-fiction books!
I increased the size of the batch and altered the baking directions. Living in the Deep South means that not only do you have to garden differently, but sometimes you have to bake differently too. Conventional advice dictates that meringues cookies should never be made on a humid day—but what if you live in a place with 90% or higher humidity year-round?
Enter: “Forgotten Cookies”
In the South, meringues are often called this, because instead of baking at a higher temperature, we reduce the heat and extend the baking time, or bake at a higher temperature, then turn off the oven and “forget” about the cookies in the oven overnight, or just for a few hours. This provides a crisp cookie that isn’t burnt.
I prefer the longer time/lower temperature method with a timer set, as it feels safer to me, but do what you find easiest!
This recipe makes a LOT of cookies, depending on the size, and remember to save the egg yokes for this Pumpkin Spice Mini-Sponge Cake Recipe!
Old Fashioned Sore Throat Soothing Marshmallows:
- Separate egg whites from egg yolks and place the egg yolks in a sealed container for making a sponge cake later.
- With an electric mixer (or by hand with a whisk) whip the egg whites until almost stiff, then add the vanilla.
- When egg whites are stiff, add the sugar one spoonful at a time.
- Once incorporated, sprinkle the marshmallow root powder into the meringue.
- Scrape any excess off the sides of the bowl.
- When all is thoroughly incorporated, spoon the mixture directly onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet, or into a piping bag, and make small shapes on the cookie sheet.
- Bake at 215º F for 1-2 hours.
- After one hour, take one out and let it cool completely. If you bite it, and it is crisp all the way through, they are finished. If it’s chewy, they need more time. Continue doing this until they are crisp.
- Let cool completely, and store in an airtight container.
I’ve made this recipe into “mushroom” meringues for a “Woodland One-derland” themed birthday party. Their earthy sweetness played beautifully against the chocolate cake and whipped cream icing!
I hope you and your kids like these! They don’t last long at my house 🙂
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