Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Stir together the confectioners' sugar and almond flour and sift
it through a tammie or very open mesh strainer
. In a mixer with a whip
attachment, whip the whites until frothy
. Add the sugar (and food coloring
if using) and whip until stiff. Add 1/3 of the almond mixture and fold part way in. Add another 1/3 and fold partway in. Add final 1/3 and fold in leaving a few specks of egg whites. It will look like deflated marshmallow
. Place a pastry bag
with a close pin holding it shut in a tall round container folding the edge over the rim of the container to fill it easily. Pipe dots of meringue
at each corner to stick down some parchment paper on a sheet pan
. Pipe rows of kisses 1-inch each (size of a quarter) one half inch apart. Bake about 17 minutes until very light brown. Pour 1/4 cup water under the parchment paper at both ends of the sheet to steam them loose. Let cool and peel
Easy Buttercream: In a mixer
with a whip attachment whip the butter very well, scraping the bowl often until it's light and fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix on low. Drizzle
in the flavorings with the hot water. Chill up to a week until ready to use, then bring to room temperature.
with buttercream and make little sandwiches. Keep in a covered box chilled.