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Meringue Bones broken and served over a coagulated pool of raspberry blood make for a ghoulish Halloween dessert. This is a gruesome Hallween Treat that also tastes amazing!!!!

Meringue Bones over raspberry sauce on a white plate

Creepy Meringue Bones Over a Puddle of Blood

We are pretty low key about Halloween around here. Two pumpkins flank our front door, carved with the logos of our favorite NFL teams, and I stock up on full-sized candy bars. That’s about it.  This year, I felt a bit more festive and baked two special desserts. First up was a cookie cake decorated with an icing spider web. Then I  piped meringue bones and baked them low and slow for a more adult treat.  I served these crispy sweets over a puddle of blood…errr, raspberry sauce. This Meringue Dessert would be perfect for any Halloween gathering…with or without the gory condiment.

Meringue Bones on a white plate with a bottle of wine

A Bona Fide Hit (or should that be bone-a fide?)

I know when a recipe is a hit.  It starts with a boatload of praise from the family. Silence means indifference or a really bad recipe. But the ultimate compliment comes when the hubby goes to work, chats up the recipe and comes home asking when it will be on the blog. That’s the case with these bones. He went nuts for the raspberry sauce, too. Though the sauce is barely a recipe, it helped turn a simple meringue cookie into a dessert worth bragging about. Plus, I think these meringue bones are a pretty cool Halloween treat.

Tips for Making a Meringue Dessert

Meringues require only a few simple ingredients, egg whites, cream of tartar and sugar, but if you don’t know a few tricks, they will not work!

  • PRO-Tip: First and foremost, egg whites will not whip properly if they are in contact with any grease or oil. That means your beaters and bowl must be perfectly clean. I make certain they’ve been run through the dishwasher as that guarantees all utensils are well washed.
  • You may not think of it, but egg yolks contain fat which will prevent the whites from coming to fluffy white peaks as well. So separate your eggs one at a time into a separate bowl before adding the whites into the main bowl. There is nothing worse than having a number of egg whites in a bowl and accidentally contaminating them by having a yolk break as you try to separate an egg over the whites. If that happens, you must start over.
  • PRO-Tip: Eggs separate best when cold. There is less of a chance of the yolk breaking when they are chilled.
  • Egg whites beat best and highest when they’re at room temperature, so separate when cold, then cover your whites with plastic wrap and let them sit on the counter for about an hour. You can carefully set them in a shallow bowl of warm water, not hot as you don’t want to cook the whites, to speed up the process
  • Another tip is to crack the eggs on a flat surface instead of the edge of a bowl. For some reason, this technique makes for less shell in the cracked eggs and less breakage of the yolk. Not foolproof, but worth trying.
  • The cream of tartar is a stabilizing ingredient. Don’t skip it. It’s also used in cookies, like snickerdoodles and doesn’t expire. It’s worth keeping on hand.
  • I like using super fine sugar so it incorporates a bit easier. If you don’t want to hunt this down at the grocery store, you can make your own by whizzing regular, granulated sugar in a food processor.

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Meringue Bones - A sweet. crisp, ghoulish Halloween treat

Meringue Bones

A sweet, crisp and ghoulish Halloween treat! Inspired by Martha Stewart and Taste of Home

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 8 bones


For meringues

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar

For raspberry sauce

  • 1 12 ounce bag frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed in 1 tablespoon water


  1. Preheat oven to 225º. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until very frothy. Increase speed to high and gradually add sugar, one tablespoon at a time until stiff peaks form.
  3. Fill zip-top bag with meringue, seal and cut one corner off making about a half inch opening. Or fill piping bag fit with a plain round tip.
  4. On prepared baking sheets, pipe meringue into 3-inch strips. Next pipe two rounds on each end to resemble bones.
  5. Bake at 225° for an hour, then turn off oven leave meringues in oven for another 1/2 hour without opening the door. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.
  6. To make raspberry sauce, heat 2 cups of the frozen raspberries in saucepan with lemon juice and sugar. When bubbling, add in cornstarch mixture and bring to boil. Cook for a minute, then remove from heat to cool. Press sauce through a wire mesh strainer to remove seeds. Store in refrigerator.
  7. To serve, pour some raspberry sauce in the middle of a dessert plate. Top with one or two bones.

Inspired by Martha Stewart and Taste of Home


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42 comments on “Meringue Bones”

  1. Your meringue bones are fa-BOO-liss Liz! Too fun, glad everyone liked them and I’d love to see the pumpkins:@)

  2. When I was in France, I ate 1.2 million meringues. It was very frustrating for my fellow travellers, who felt I should be dedicating more belly space to pastry, but I persevered. Viva la meringue!

  3. Your meringue bones are awesome! Love that you have served them over bowls of “blood” raspberry sauce. SO creative.

  4. I love these! So adorable! And meringues are my favorite, so crisp and sweet.

  5. Your meringue bones came out so perfect! And what a great way to serve them. BTW, it’s similar with my husband. I know I’ve hit a home run when Myles says “you’ve got to put this on the blog!!!!”.

  6. Those bones are so cute! We’re pretty low key around our house too. There’s not a whole lot of kids in our neighborhood to make a fuss for, and my kids are long grown and gone.

  7. now this is really creative along with of course yummy.. I just love this group of Halloween foods this one if fantastic Liz!

  8. Liz these are just too flippin’ cute! I love the idea. I don’t know if I could make them as cute as yours, but I have got to give this a try!

  9. Haha, how fun! This is such a great idea. Oh, by the way, I bet everyone wants to trick or treat at your house with full size candy bars!! I bet they even go home and don another costume so they can come back around to your house (I would).

  10. Liz, these bones are adorable. This is such a creative recipe.

  11. Those bones are soooo cool! I love them. A great way to reshape the classic meringue!

  12. Wow! that is unbelievably cool!

  13. Liz, this is a fun and delicious Halloween post. We don’t celebrate Halloween (being Australian), but I do like this idea.

  14. Lizzy,
    Great idea and so creative. The hubby isn’t a fan of Halloween but I bet he would go crazy for this dessert.

  15. Liz – these are sooooooooooo cute!!
    I like this idea 🙂

  16. These are so inventive and creative!! Beautiful job!!

  17. Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella needs this idea for next year’s Halloween party. Holy cow!! I’m sure it’s wonderful but it’s also a bit creepy which makes it incredibly fun.

  18. You are so clever, Liz. These loo freaking awesome!!!

  19. I love meringue and these bones are perfect for Halloween! What a great idea!

  20. This is my kind of holiday dessert, Liz. It’s not only beautiful, festive, delicious, also very healthy too. Excellent!
    Have a great week ahead!

  21. Soooo clever, Liz! And based on the reviews from your family – fantabulously delicious!

  22. :)) I love this, Liz!

  23. I Love this idea! Now if I could only get the “them bones, them bones” song out of my head!

  24. We’re even less low-key on Halloween here. When I was growing up it wasn’t even celebrated. It was wonderful! Even though it’s now ‘a thing’, I don’t have to do much as I live in a street where no trick or treaters visit so I don’t have to go out and buy any lollies. But my little guy does get swept up into the spirit of it all and wants a costume and wants to door knock and I limp along reluctantly behind him. I do love your bones as I adore meringue and I often serve meringues with a raspberry sauce so this is a great one for the Aussies xx

  25. I don’t even have a pumpkin on the front step. Maybe I will make this scary treat…. Need to do something to get in the spirit…

  26. That is so clever! I love it!

  27. You have some awesome meringue skills! Your bones look awesome!

  28. These are super cute! Loving them! The sauce sounds amazing too.

  29. I came soooo close to make this recipe too for Halloween lol but went another route. I wish I had now just for myself, they sound amazing and your pick give me chills!

  30. Ooh I remember making these for my 16th Birthday (horror theme) 😛
    So cool right? And so delicious!

    Choc Chip Uru

  31. What an amazing and scaring recipe ! Love it 😉

  32. I am so impressed with how crafty you are! Perfectly spooky and I’m sure they are delicious!

  33. I love raspberry anything…and meringue cookies too!!

  34. These bones and sauce are seriously stunning, Liz!!! I doubt I could ever pipe a set of bones that beautiful!!!

  35. These are so very cool and you have done them perfectly!!

  36. Super creative! The Cooking Channel should be knocking on your door real soon.

  37. Oh my gosh these are seriously awesome. Wish I had seen them before Halloween. Pinned for next year (or April Fool’s day!) And I love meringues…so cute!

  38. These are so cool!!!

  39. Such a creative idea! I love it!

  40. I love meringue and this is such a cute idea with the “bloody” wine sauce. The bones would also be fun for a dinosaur or doggy theme party, too. And wine sauce? Anytime!

  41. i love the raspberry blood I could drink that whole bowl!

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