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These airy meringue cookies are a classic cookie that have a satisfying crunch on the outside and a soft chewy inside that is sweet and delicate.
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  1. Meringue Cookies Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Meringue Cookies Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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There’s something so satisfying about biting into crispy, fluffy meringue cookies. These light and airy confections are made with just a few simple ingredients, and they’re perfect for any occasion.

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Meringue Cookies Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract (clear)

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

FLAVOR: You can also flavor these simple cookies with a little bit of cocoa powder, mint extract, lemon extract, almond extract, etc. 

COLOR: Add a drop of gel food coloring to the mixture to tint your perfect meringue cookies.

How to Make This Meringue Cookies Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 200°F, then line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

STEP TWO: Add the egg whites to the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.

STEP THREE: Beat for about 3 minutes or until a foamy consistency, then add the cream of tartar and salt.

egg whites beaten in a bowl then cream of tartar and salt added

STEP FOUR: Add the powdered sugar to egg whites, slowly sprinkling in 1 teaspoon at a time.

STEP FIVE: Beat about 4 minutes or until stiff peaks appear and the mixture has a glaze-like finish.

cookie ingredients beaten in a bowl

STEP SIX: Add to a piping bag and pipe 2-inch sized cookies about 2-inches apart on prepared pan.

cookie mixture piped on a parchment lined baking sheet

STEP SEVEN: Bake for 60 minutes, turn off oven and bake for an additional 90 minutes (up to overnight).

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your meringues as the suggested baking time approaches.

STEP EIGHT: Remove from oven and cool completely before storing in an airtight container or serving.

PRO TIP:

If meringues become squishy or sticky from moisture in the air, put them back in the oven, set as low as it will go (180°F is the lowest my oven will go), for about 15 to 30 minutes. This will redry out the cookies.

How To Serve

These sugar-spun treats are such a delicious choice for an afternoon snack along with a cup of coffee or homemade hot chocolate. You could also add them to holiday cookie plates along with our Christmas pinwheels.

For more delicate confections, our jello divinity and church window cookies are colorful and delicious treats

Storage

ON THE COUNTER: These delicate cookies are very susceptible to moisture/humidity in the air. After removing them from the oven, allow to cool (this should only take 10 to 15 minutes) and then immediately transfer to an airtight container (I like to use a Ziploc baggie). Store in a sealed airtight container on the countertop at room temperature for up to one week.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze meringue cookies but you must be careful that when they defrost they do not absorb any moisture, as this will soften the outside of the meringue. We would suggest putting them in airtight containers, layered with parchment paper.

close up shot of a Meringue Cookies with a bite taken out of it

These chewy meringues are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, with a sweet flavor that will have you coming back for more. Plus, they’re easy to make and require only a few simple ingredients.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What do I do with leftover egg yolks

Since this easy meringue recipe will leave you with leftover egg yolks, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 4 days. Use them in scrambled eggs or an omelet so they don’t go to waste.

Can I make different flavors of these easy meringue cookies?

Classic meringue cookies can easily be changed into different flavors by adding a few drops of an extract flavoring of your choice.

Can I freeze meringues?

This airy meringue can be frozen although you have to make sure that when they defrost, they don’t absorb any moisture or the outsides will get too soft.

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These airy meringue cookies are a classic cookie that have a satisfying crunch on the outside and a soft chewy inside that is sweet and delicate.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 24

Ingredients
  

  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract, clear

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 200°F, then line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the egg whites to the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.
  • Beat for about 3 minutes or until a foamy consistency, then add the cream of tartar and salt.
  • Add the powdered sugar to egg whites, slowly sprinkling in 1 teaspoon at a time.
  • Beat about 4 minutes or until stiff peaks appear and the mixture has a glaze-like finish.
  • Add to a piping bag and pipe 2-inch sized cookies about 2-inches apart on prepared pan.
  • Bake for 60 minutes, turn off oven and bake for an additional 90 minutes (up to overnight).
  • Remove from oven and cool completely before storing in an airtight container or serve.

Notes

  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your meringues as the suggested baking time approaches.
  • If meringues become squishy or sticky from moisture in the air, put them back in the oven, set as low as it will go (180°F is the lowest my oven will go), for about 15 to 30 minutes. This will redry out the cookies.


Nutrition

Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 10mg | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 0.3mg | Iron: 0.01mg
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