Best Meringue Cookie Recipe

Meringue cookies are great because they require just a few ingredients without skipping out on taste and flavor. If you've been wanting to try your hand at making these wonderful cookies, then we have the perfect opportunity for you to do so. According to Brittanica, meringues date all the way back to the 1700s, and we can thank a Swiss pastry chef named Gasparini for making these in the first place. Meringues are great on their own, but you can also add them to different foods like ice cream or even serve them with fruit. The possibilities are endless! 

Recipe developer Susan Olayinka of The Flexible Fridge came up with this fantastic meringue cookie recipe, and it's just as good as it sounds. So, what does Olayinka herself love the most about this recipe? "That it requires so little ingredients to create," she explains. "And tastes great." Olayinka describes the flavor as "just sweet and sugary. Texture crispy on the outside and pretty chewy on the inside." If this sounds like something you want to try, keep reading for instructions.

Gather the ingredients to make meringue cookies

This recipe is super simple, and believe it or not, it calls for just four ingredients. You will need to head to the store and pick up all of the necessary items but be sure to check at home in case you already have a few things. You'll need a cup of egg whites, and it should take about four eggs to reach that quantity. Then, head to the baking aisle. There, you will need to grab some granulated sugar and vanilla extract. Last but not least, pick up a few teaspoons of cream of tartar. Once you have all those items, head to check out and get ready to get down to business.

Whisk the egg whites

Ready to start? First, preheat your oven to 225 F.  Then, grab a large mixing bowl. Pour in the egg whites and whisk them for about five minutes. Olayinka recommends having a mixer with a whisk attachment to do the work for you. If you tried to do this by hand, it would take a lot more time and your arm would be pretty sore after whisking for five minutes. Olayinka also notes that you should use the "highest speed" on the mixer. Continue whisking the eggs until they begin to form stiff peaks.

Add the sugar, vanilla extract, and cream of tartar

Once the peaks start to form, keep the mixer on and keep going with the flow. Then, grab the granulated sugar and start adding it in with the egg mixture. Simply put in ¼ cup at a time, adding more every 10 seconds until you've used up all the sugar. Slow and steady wins the race in this case. Now, toss in the vanilla extract, followed by the cream of tartar. Continue mixing all the ingredients until the meringues form stiff peaks again.

Pipe the cookies and bake

You're officially finished mixing. Next, take out your piping nozzle and pipe swirls. Be sure to select one that's has a 2-inch width. Pipe the meringues onto a baking sheet, making sure to leave about 1 inch between each one. "Just go slow, so it doesn't gush out," Olayinka says when asked about piping tips. 

Then, pop the meringues into the oven at 225 F for about an hour. Once the timer goes off, leave the oven door open for two hours for them to dry out further. The purpose of this is "to let the cookies dry out without burning," Olayinka says.

Serve and enjoy

The last part of every recipe is always the best part because that means you can finally enjoy the fruits of your labor. These cookies are great on their own, but if you'd like to add a little something, we'd suggest enjoying them with a nice cup of coffee or milk. You can also serve with ice cream or fruit! 

These are so incredibly tasty that we don't think you will have any leftovers, but if you do — we've got you covered! Olayinka recommends storing them "in an airtight container." We hope these satisfy all of your sweet cravings.

Best Meringue Cookie Recipe
5 from 30 ratings
These light meringue cookies have an impeccable texture and even better flavor.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
1
hour
Servings
24
cookies
cookies on a platter
Total time: 1.17 hours
Ingredients
  • 4 (1 cup) egg whites
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Directions
  1. Begin the recipe by pouring the egg whites into a large mixing bowl, then whisking them for 5 minutes until they forms stiff peaks
  2. Add the granulated sugar ¼ cup at a time, every 10 seconds, whilst the electric whisk is spinning.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and cream of tartar, then mix again together until the batter form stiff peaks.
  4. Fill a piping nozzle and pipe swirls (2-inch width) onto a baking paper. Make sure that you pipe the cookies 1 inch apart.
  5. Bake the meringues at 225 F for 1 hour, then leave the oven door open for 2 hours for them to further dry out.
  6. Serve and enjoy.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 27
Total Fat 0.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 6.4 g
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
Total Sugars 6.3 g
Sodium 7.5 mg
Protein 0.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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