Costa Rica: Suspiros

Approximately 95% of the Costa Rican population are of Spanish or Mestizo (mixed) heritage, heavily influencing the country's cooking style. Its fusion cuisine combines elements of culinary traditions from Africa, Italy, France, China and Spain. Costa Rica's traditionally mild, not over-spiced cuisine usually features rice and beans, which are also the main ingredients in the national dish, gallo pinto.

Common desserts are queque seco (orange pound cake), torta chilena, miel de chiverre (sweet white spaghetti squash), tres leches, arroz con leche (rice pudding), dulce de leche and suspiros (meringues).

Suspiros (Meringues)

3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp white vinegar
1/8 tsp cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 225 degrees.

Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Add vinegar and cream of tartar. Continue beating until smooth. Sprinkle sugar into mixture gradually, one tablespoon at a time, and continue beating for 3 more minutes.

Fill pastry bag fitted with large star shape with mixture. Pipe meringues into medium-sized "kiss candy" shapes leaving a distance of 2" apart from each meringue on a buttered or greased baking sheet.

Bake for one hour or until light brown. Turn oven off and let meringues dry in oven 2 to 3 more hours without opening oven door.

Remove meringues from cookie sheet with a spatula. Store in airtight container.

Recipe courtesy of


Anonymous said...

These cookies taste horrible! I think that there is an error in the recipe. 1/4 cup of cream of tartar is way too much. I think 1/4 teaspoon would be much better.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the previous comment, it mus be a mistake, the most cream of tartar you can add to that is 1/8 teaspoon.

Chef Mom said...

Thanks for your input and for catching the error. The recipe has been changed and the correct amount of cream of tartar should be reflected now.

Maddy Raptosh said...

How many meringues does this recipe make? I need to make 37 for my class and I need to know if I need to double the recipe.

Chef Mom said...

Maddy: Depending on the size of the cookies, it should make 3 to 4 dozen

Emily Nolan said...

how many do they make and are they good?

Chef Mom said...

Emily - These taste like traditional meringue cookies, if you've ever had them. They should make 3 to 4 dozen, but that really depends on how big or small you make the cookies.