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Meringue cookies are incredibly light, ethereal cookies made from whipped egg whites and sugar. These simple meringue cookies will melt in your mouth and tantalize your sweet tooth! 

This easy meringue cookie recipe will become one of your favorites. Make a batch of Egg White Cookies whenever you half leftover egg whites! I’ll guide you through the process so your first attempt will be perfect!!

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Simple Meringue Cookies

This meringue cookie recipe can be jazzed up with food colors and flavorings, but these are the most basic, simple meringue cookies. Only 4 ingredients and a few steps and these melt in your mouth gems will be ready to eat! Spotting this elegant Strawberry Meringues Recipe from Pint Sized Baker reminded me that an ordinary meringue cookie recipe can be the base for an amazing dessert as well as scrumptious egg white cookies!

A Versatile Easy Meringue Cookies Recipe

These meringue cookies will be incorporated into a fabulous Strawberry Eton Mess dessert to be revealed on Sunday, so I didn’t add any vanilla to keep them a beautiful, pure white color. But just think of all the options with these egg white cookies: green for St. Patrick’s Day, pink with peppermint extract for Valentine’s Day, pastel colors for Easter! A fun cookie any time of the year!

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Tips for Making the Best Meringue Cookies

I’ve been making meringue since I was a teen. Lemon meringue pie was one of my specialties, and my family was brave enough to eat it! I’m not certain I knew all the tricks for the making the best meringues in those days, but I have learned a few tips  along the way. Use these guidelines for your own simple meringue cookies as well as to top cream pies and more!

  • Room temperature egg whites will give your meringue cookies more volume and help the sugar dissolve more easily.
  • Superfine sugar will dissolve more easily than regular granulated sugar. If you don’t have any in your pantry, just whiz up some regular sugar in your food processor (not so much that it becomes powdered sugar, though).
  • For perfect meringues, add the sugar slowly. Don’t rush the process.
  • PRO-Tip: Make sure your mixing bowl and beater are scrupulously clean. Any speck of oil (this includes any egg yolk) will prevent the whites from becoming white and billowy.
  • So that you don’t get any egg yolks in your whites when separating your eggs, make sure to crack them on a flat surface (not the edge of your bowl) and separate them while cold (right out of the refrigerator).
  • It’s also wise to not separate them over a bowl of egg whites as that almost always guarantees that a little yolk will contaminate the other whites and you ‘ll have to start over!
  • To keep them your egg white cookies a pristine white, not even a splash of vanilla was added, but feel free to include a little if that’s your preference. Vanilla meringue cookies are also wonderful to eat on their own or use in a recipe!
  • Cooled Vanilla Meringue Cookies can be stored 2 weeks or longer in an airtight container at room temperature and  longer if they’re in the freezer.

Frequently Asked Questions About Egg White Cookies

How Should I Store Meringues?

The goal is to keep your cooled and baked meringue cookies away from humidity. They should be packed in airtight containers and can be stored at room temperature, in the refrigerator or in the freezer.

How Long Do Meringue Cookies Last?

When stored in a cool dry place, meringue cookies stay fresh for up to 2 weeks. If frozen, they can last a couple months.

Why Did My Meringue Fail?

Meringue can be very finicky. The most common reason for meringue failure is getting oil or grease into the egg white mixture. This can be from a little grease in the mixing bowl or beater or even a small speck of egg yolk contaminating the egg whites. The egg whites also must be beaten before starting to slowly add the sugar. Over beating the egg whites until they look dry can also cause a meringue failure.

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What to Make with Leftover Egg Yolks:

You can always add some extra yolks to a big batch of Sunday morning scrambled eggs, but here are some more egg yolk recipe ideas for you.  Any creme brulee recipe will work like my Classic Creme Brulee which uses 7 egg yolks or my White Chocolate Creme Brulee which uses 4 yolks. Irish Cream Pots de Creme use 6 egg yolks. You’ll be set with two marvelous desserts if you make these simple meringue cookies, then a rich dessert made with the leftover yolks!

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Simple Meringue Cookies

Sweet, ethereal, easy meringue recipe made with just 4 simple ingredients.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar, superfine preferred, but not necessary

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 225º Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet (or two) with parchment paper.
  2. Place egg whites into a mixing bowl and beat until frothy. Add the cream of tartar, the pinch of salt, and beat until soft peaks form. With mixer running, slowly add sugar, one tablespoon at a time until sugar is dissolved and stiff peaks form.
  3. Pipe or scoop tablespoons of the meringue onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing approximately 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes, then turn oven off. Without opening the door, let stand in oven for 1 hour (so the total time in the oven is 1 hour, 45 minutes but it's only turned on for the first 45 minutes).

Notes

Once your meringues have cooled to room temperature, store in an airtight container.

Yield varies depending on the size of your meringue cookies.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 35 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 20mg Carbohydrates: 8g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 8g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
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