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Strawberry Clouds

Strawberry Clouds 35.000

Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post

Holiday Cookies 2017 Dec 1, 2017

These are called clouds, Deb Perelman says, because they are not as sweet as meringues and they look like pink-tinged clouds at sunset.

In testing, we found that making the clouds small yielded a better result, in cookies that didn't deflate once cooled.

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Make Ahead: The clouds will stay crisp in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two; they will soften over time.

Where to Buy: Freeze-dried strawberries are typically located in the dry-goods section of a grocery store produce department.


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Tested size: 35 servings

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons (15 grams) freeze-dried strawberries, ground to a powder (see headnote)
  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Stir together the sugar, salt and strawberry powder in a small dish.

Beat the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a balloon-whisk attachment or use a handheld electric mixer on low, then medium-high speed to form soft peaks. Gradually add the strawberry powder mixture, beating until the mixture has stiffened, then add the lemon juice, beating just until incorporated.

Drop 17 teaspoonfuls of the cloud mixture on one baking sheet and 18 on the other, spacing the dollops at least an inch apart. Bake (upper and lower racks) for 22 minutes, then turn off the oven. Let sit in there for 10 minutes, then transfer to the counter top to cool for another 10 minutes before serving or storing.

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Adapted from "Smitten Kitchen Everyday: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites" by Deb Perelman (Knopf, 2017).

Tested by Miriam Albert.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per piece: 15

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 20mg 1%

Total Carbohydrates: 4g 1%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 4g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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