13 Easy Meringue Cookies Recipes

Animal Meringue Cookies

Animal Meringues.  Color basic meringue and use pastry bag and tips to make animals and other shapes.  Bake at 200 degrees for an hour or more until firm.
Animal Meringues. Color basic meringue and use pastry bag and tips to make animals and other shapes. Bake at 200 degrees for an hour or more until firm. | Source

Easy Cookie Recipe

My kids love Meringue Cookies with their light crunchy taste and melt in the mouth sweet flavor. I love that I can make these with two ingredients I always have:

  • Egg Whites
  • Sugar

Of course, there are lots of options to add flavor and make the cookies puff up more, but in a pinch you can make great cookies with just those two ingredients!

Easy Meringue Cookies

Easy Meringue cookies with chocolate chips
Easy Meringue cookies with chocolate chips | Source

13 Easy Meringue Cookies from One Recipe

My favorite part of making Meringue Cookies is that you can take the basic meringue batter and make lots of different cookies. Here are some of our favorites (see chart below for instructions on making all of these):

  1. Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies
  2. Nutella Meringue Cookies.
  3. Chocolate Meringue Cookies.
  4. Mint Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies.
  5. M & M Meringue Cookies.
  6. Cinnamon and Nut Meringue Cookies
  7. Date Nut Meringue Cookies
  8. Meringue Kiss Cookies in any flavor (using extract) or color (using food coloring).
  9. Peanut Butter Meringue Cookies
  10. Toasted Oat Meringue Cookies
  11. Almond Meringue Cookies (often made for Passover).
  12. Orange Mini Chocolate Chip Meringue cookies.
  13. No Sugar Meringue Cookies

Check out my chart below the recipe for instructions on how to make these different cookies, and the videos for other ideas, including how to make cookies in different shapes.

How to Make Meringue Cookies: Step by Step Photos

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Put 3 egg whites in bowl and mix until stiff peaks form.Add sugar to egg whites a little at a time and keep on mixing at high speed.  The batter will become shiny and stiff.Optional: add 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon vanilla or other extract flavoring.Optional: Add c racker crumbs to make meringue cookies hold up better.  Crush crackers in Ziplock bag with rolling pin.Cracker crumbs should be fine.Add cracker crumbs and mix with beaters for 30 seconds.Fold in cracker crumbs until just mixed.Add chocolate chips or other ingredients on top of stiff egg white and sugar batterFold in chocolate chips or other ingredients in just 4 to 5 strokes.  Don't over mix.Drop Meringue Cookies on baking sheet covered with parchment, silicone sheets or foil.  Bake in 300 degree oven for 20 minutes or until firm.
Put 3 egg whites in bowl and mix until stiff peaks form.
Put 3 egg whites in bowl and mix until stiff peaks form. | Source
Add sugar to egg whites a little at a time and keep on mixing at high speed.  The batter will become shiny and stiff.
Add sugar to egg whites a little at a time and keep on mixing at high speed. The batter will become shiny and stiff. | Source
Optional: add 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon vanilla or other extract flavoring.
Optional: add 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon vanilla or other extract flavoring. | Source
Optional: Add c racker crumbs to make meringue cookies hold up better.  Crush crackers in Ziplock bag with rolling pin.
Optional: Add c racker crumbs to make meringue cookies hold up better. Crush crackers in Ziplock bag with rolling pin. | Source
Cracker crumbs should be fine.
Cracker crumbs should be fine. | Source
Add cracker crumbs and mix with beaters for 30 seconds.
Add cracker crumbs and mix with beaters for 30 seconds. | Source
Fold in cracker crumbs until just mixed.
Fold in cracker crumbs until just mixed. | Source
Add chocolate chips or other ingredients on top of stiff egg white and sugar batter
Add chocolate chips or other ingredients on top of stiff egg white and sugar batter | Source
Fold in chocolate chips or other ingredients in just 4 to 5 strokes.  Don't over mix.
Fold in chocolate chips or other ingredients in just 4 to 5 strokes. Don't over mix. | Source
Drop Meringue Cookies on baking sheet covered with parchment, silicone sheets or foil.  Bake in 300 degree oven for 20 minutes or until firm.
Drop Meringue Cookies on baking sheet covered with parchment, silicone sheets or foil. Bake in 300 degree oven for 20 minutes or until firm. | Source

How do you like this recipe?

4.8 stars from 5 ratings of Easy Meringue Cookies

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 24 cookies

Ingredients For Meringue Cookies

  • 3 egg whites, (make sure there is no yolk in white)
  • 1 cup sugar, (white, powdered or brown)
  • 1/8 tea salt, (optional for flavor)
  • 1/2 tea. vanilla or other extract, (optional for flavor)
  • 1/4 tea. cream of tarter, (optional to help cookies hold shape)
  • 3 TB crushed cracker crumbs, (optional to help cookies last longer-omit for gluten-free cookies)

How to Make Easy Meringue Cookies

  1. Preparation: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line cookie pans with parchment paper or foil, or use silicone sheets. Do not grease. Separate egg whites from yolk (use yolk for another purpose).
  2. Mix: Put egg whites in a bowl and beat with mixer until peaks form (1-2 minutes).
  3. Add to Mix: Add sugar slowly and continue to beat until very stiff peaks form. The mixture will not feel grainy when it is fully mixed. For simple recipe skip to step 6.
  4. Optional: add cream of tarter (or 1/4 tea. lemon or 1/4 tea. vinegar), salt and vanilla (or another extract flavor). Beat until mixed thoroughly.
  5. Optional: Fold in crackers and any additional ingredients for a cookie that you are using from the chart below.
  6. Prepare Cookies: Put spoonfuls of batter on lined cookie sheets. The cookies do not rise or spread but will be about the same size you spoon out. You can also use a pastry bag and tip to make "kisses" or other shapes.
  7. Bake cookies: Bake cookies for about 20 minutes. Cookies are done when very lightly brown on bottom. The tops will be dry and brittle. Bake an extra 5 minutes if they seem too soft in the middle.
  8. Store: store the cookies in a dry, airtight container at room temperature. They last about a week.

Rainbow Meringue Cookies

5 Tips for Perfect Meringue Cookies

  1. Make sure there is no oil or grease in your mixing bowl or beaters or the egg whites may not whip well.
  2. Don't grease the cookie sheets.
  3. Add sugar gradually.
  4. Making these cookies on a humid or rainy day may cause them not to turn out as well. You can try baking them at 200 degrees for one hour instead.
  5. Meringue is ready when you can take a pinch between your fingers and you don't feel the grains of sugar.

Meringue Cookies Dessert

Top Meringue cookies with whip cream and fruit for a very impressive dessert.
Top Meringue cookies with whip cream and fruit for a very impressive dessert. | Source

Why Cream of Tarter?

Cream of Tarter can help to stabilize the meringue and help it whip up and hold shape. Cream of Tarter (potassium hydrogen tartrate) is a fine white powder made from grape acid. It is sold in the spices section of the grocery store. Although it helps your cookies to hold together better, some cooks don't think it is necessary with meringues because they bake so firm. If you want, you can also try one of the following suggested substitutes for Cream of Tarter:

  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vinegar

Macaron Meringue Cookies

Macarons are two meringue cookies made with ground nuts and put together with frosting in the middle.
Macarons are two meringue cookies made with ground nuts and put together with frosting in the middle. | Source

Overnight Meringue Cookies

Another way to bake Meringue cookies is to put them into a preheated oven (300 degrees) and then turn the oven off and leave them there for 5-6 hours or overnight. This is a perfect solution when you've forgotten to make cookies you need the next morning.

One friend of mine used these as Easter Cookies. She made a batch with her kids and put them in the oven the night before Easter. When the kids woke up, she pulled them out of the oven and showed the kids that they were sweet on the outside but hollow on the inside, like the tomb of Christ.


Easy Meringue Cookie Variations

Cookie Type
Add to Basic Recipe
Instructions
Chocolate Chip
1/2-3/4 cup mini or regular chocolate chips
Fold into basic meringue batter.
Nutella
change to 1/2 cup sugar. Add 1/4 cup Nutella melted in microwave 30 seconds
Pour melted nutella over very stiff batter and fold in just 3 to 4 strokes. Should look swirled. Drop one inch apart on baking sheets.
Chocolate Meringue
 
 
Mint Chocolate Chip
1 teaspoon peppermint extract, 3/4 cup mini-chocolate chips or mint chocolate chips
Replace vanilla with mint extract. Fold in chocolate chips. Add a couple of drops of green food coloring if you want.
Cinnamon and Nut
3/4 cup chopped nuts, 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Fold nuts and cinnamon into basic batter in just a few strokes. Drop on cooking sheet and sprinkle tops with cinnamon or cinnamon sugar
Date Nut
1 cup chopped pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts; 1 cup chopped dates (may want to chop small), optional: add 1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips
Use Parchment paper or grease the cookie sheets.. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla or rum extract. Fold in dates and nuts. Drop on cookie sheet and bake at 200 degrees for one hour or until dry and set. Cookies will not be brown.
Meringue KIss (any flavor or color)
1 teaspoon extract any flavor, 3-4 drops of food coloring
Use cream of tarter and salt, but not cracker crumbs. Transfer to a pastry bag with large star tip. Pipe 1/2 to 1 inch wide cookies. Bake at 200 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. You can put two together with melted chocolate right before serving.
Peanut Butter
1/2 cup peanut butter. Optional: chopped peanuts or 1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips
Melt peanut butter slightly in microwave (warm not hot). Pour on stiff batter and fold lightly 4-5 strokes). Fold in chocolate chips if using. Spoon onto pans and sprinkle with chopped peanuts before baking Ioptional). You can also melt chocolate and dip half of baked cookie in chocolate.
Toasted Oat
Substitute brown sugar for white in recipe. Add 1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats and 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Make batter as usual. Add sugar slowly and beat between adding. Fold in oats and pecans to stiff batter. Bake at 300 degrees for 40 minutes.
Almond Meringue
1 1/2 cups ground almonds, 1 tea. almond extract
Add almond extract instead of vanilla. Fold in almonds carefully in a few strokes. Drop by teaspoons on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cookies feel firm when you touch them.
Orange Chocolate Chip
1 teaspoon orange extract, t Tb orange zest, 3/4 cup mini-chocolate chips, optional: orange food coloring
Add orange extract instead of vanilla. Add food coloring if desired. Fold in orange zest and mini-chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Bake at 205 degrees for 1 hour (may need to leave in oven until completely dry)
M & M Meringue
1 cup regular or mini M&Ms
Fold M&Ms into batter. Spoon onto cookie sheet and put one M&M on top to decorate. I use these often with holiday colors.
Spenda Meringue Cookies
Substitute 1/2 cup Splenda for sugar
Make in the same way as basic recipe. Add cream of tarter, salt and vanilla. Bake for 1 hour in 250 degree oven.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cookie (1/36)
Calories 22
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Sugar 5 g
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 20 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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Throgmorton 19 months ago

Congrats on another hotd!


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VirginiaLynne 19 months ago from United States Author

Hi Rochelle--If you have tools to do cake decorating, you can make the piped animals. It takes some practice to use the piping tips, but it isn't really hard. I ought to write some Hubs on that.


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Rochelle Frank 19 months ago from California Gold Country

I might have to try this-- sounds easier than I thought it would be.

The ducky cookies are especially cute (my husband carves decoys), but I might start with a simpler version first.


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IslandBites 19 months ago from Puerto Rico

Nice!


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VirginiaLynne 19 months ago from United States Author

Indanila--I have never tried using Koolaid! What a great idea. That would provide a lot of color.


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RTalloni 19 months ago from the short journey

Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for these fun-food sweets! I've got a Pinterest board waiting on this recipe with all its delightful renditions, though I don't think these cookies are just for kiddos.


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indanila 19 months ago

Nice hub! A while back I made meringue cookies with kool aid. They were so delish! I still haven't mastered the macaroon yet. Mine are always a hot mess!


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas

These cookies all look so cute! Congratulations on having the Hub of the Day!!


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VirginiaLynne 19 months ago from United States Author

Hi Kristen--I will share mine. I actually spent a lot of time researching recipes because my daughter wanted these cookies for her birthday party. I tried a bunch of different ones and many of the recipes complained that they were very difficult to make. Macaroon shops are apparently a hit in England right now and maybe some bigger U.S. cities and I did see a whole book on how to make them at the World Market. To make them like a bake shop with what they call a "foot" (a spot at the bottom of the cookie where it rises up) might be hard, but to make them without a foot is not hard at all (I actually think they look better without a foot). They are basically a meringue cookie with ground nuts mixed in. However, you probably could use any meringue cookie recipe and put icing in between. You have to make sure you bake them long enough so they are very firm and dry. You can tell if you can pick a cookie up and it is completely dry underneath. I often actually turn the oven off and just let the cookies stay in there (even overnight). Then ice them with a good buttercream or gauche (chocolate and cream melted). Yum--I'm going home to make some! Then I'll write up a hub!


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Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

I love macaroon cookies. If you have a recipe for that, please share.


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VirginiaLynne 19 months ago from United States Author

I love how easy meringue cookies are to make. Currently, my family I loves me o make meringue cookies with frosting in between. They are usually called macroon cookies. They are made just like these but with using ground nuts mixed in. Most people use ground almonds but our favorite is pecans because they have more flavor. Another thing I love about meringue cookies is that you can color them to match a party theme or sports team. I made colored ones for the tailgate party when the University I work for made it into a bowl game this year. they were a big hit!


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heidithorne 19 months ago from Chicago Area

These look awesome! Congrats on Hub of the Day!


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poetryman6969 19 months ago

For me these are different than what I am used to and made with unique ingredients. Cookies with a story is a good thing too. Voted up.


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SusanDeppner 19 months ago from Arkansas USA

I haven't made meringue cookies in years. Love your chart of variations! Congrats on HOTD honors today!


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Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Congrats on HoTD! These cookies are adorable and fun to make. I'm not a big (lemon) meringue fan. But I would love to give these cookies a try. Voted up for awesome.


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mary615 19 months ago from Florida

Congrats on HOTD! I have made plain meringue for cookies. I'd like to try some of these variations. I would be afraid that the meringue would "fall" if other ingredients were added, but I'll take your word on this.

I enjoyed the video to learn more about how to make these.

Voted UP, and shared.


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eilval 19 months ago from Western Cape , South Africa

What an excellent variety of cookies ! Love the chocolate mint and nutella - looks so yummy


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Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany

Wow! These cookies look so delicious. I have to bookmark this hub. I would love to try these recipes. Thanks for sharing. BTW, Congratulations on the HOTD award. Voted up, useful and awesome.


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peachpurple 19 months ago from Home Sweet Home

thanks for the tips, I must try the peanut butter meringue


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sallybea 19 months ago from Norfolk

VirginiaLynne

Congratulations on the HOTD, these look delicious.


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m_westrope 2 years ago from Central Ontario

Now I have to make floating islands! Thanks for the reminder.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Wow, these look delicious and easy, a good combination for sure!

Up and more and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Wow, I have made meringue cookies, but just plaon ones. They were easy to make, so I am looking forward to trying some of these flavors. Thanks!

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