Meringue Cookie Recipe

How to make crispy crunchy rainbow meringue cookies. So easy to color, flavor and pipe into different shapes. 
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Total Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Serves: 24 cookies
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My meringue cookie recipe makes a delicious, crisp cookie that tastes like a toasted marshmallow.

The first time I made a meringue cookie recipe was in pastry school. I had no idea they were so easy to make. Simply combine egg whites and sugar and whip it up! This meringue cookie recipe is perfect for making meringue pops or pretty much any shape you can think of. 



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What is an easy meringue cookie recipe

My meringue cookie recipe is super easy. The key to a perfect meringue cookie recipe isn’t in the ingredients, it’s in the baking (if you can call it that), it’s more like a dehydration process. 

  • Just bring a couple of inches of water to a simmer in a pot.
  • Place a stainless steel mixing bowl over the simmering water.
  • Add in your egg whites and your sugar and whisk occasionally until the sugar dissolves.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved, you can begin whipping. Add in your vanilla and cream of tartar. I use my kitchenaid for this otherwise, it would take a long time to do with your hands. Let your meringue whip until it’s at the stiff peak stage
  • Once your meringue is ready you can add color if you like. To make the rainbow meringue kisses, I place a little dab of food coloring on the inside of my piping bag with a toothpick so it colored the meringue as I piped. I used light blue, pink and yellow. 

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How to bake meringue cookies

Most people do not bake their meringues for long enough which results in wrinkly or sticky meringues. 

  • Preheat your oven to 225ºF
  • Pipe your meringues onto parchment. If you’re making multiple sizes, put larger meringues on a separate pan. 
  • Bake meringues 2″ or smaller for 60 minutes. After the time is up, turn off the oven and leave them in the oven until it’s completely cool (I let mine sit in there overnight). 
  • For larger meringues like meringue pops, bake for 90 minutes then let cool.  

How do I know if my meringue cookies are done?

Once your meringues are totally cool, they should lift right off the parchment paper. When you bite into them they should not be soft in the middle and feel very light and crisp. If you go to lift the meringue cookie off the paper and it sticks, they are not done yet. 

Why are my meringue cookies sticky?

The day I made my meringue cookies, it was raining like crazy. I thought for sure they would be sticky, but they weren’t. As long as your meringue cookies are baked for long enough and left in the oven to completely cool, they won’t be sticky. The stickiness comes from leftover moisture in the meringue coming to the surface and making it sticky. 

How long do meringue cookies last?

The great thing about meringue cookies is that you can make a whole bunch ahead of time and then save them for later. You can store meringue cookies in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Meringue cookies make great gifts because they stay fresh for so long. They do not need to be refrigerated. 

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How do you change the flavor of the meringue cookie?

You can change the flavor of your meringue cookie very easily! Simply replace the extract with any other type of flavoring you desire like strawberry or peppermint. I thought about flavoring this meringue cookie recipe with bubblegum flavoring since it’s a unicorn theme and all but I couldn’t find any locally. Next time!

How do you make a meringue pop?

You can use this same recipe to make fun meringue pops! All the rage right now in the cake world. You can color your meringue the same way. This time pipe the meringue onto one half of a cake pop stick. Apply some fun sprinkles and bake as usual. These make great treats for parties, for using on cakes or for packaging individually for sales. 

For extra fun, try using a little edible glitter from never forgotten designs! I love how much it sparkles!

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how to make meringue cookie recipe

Meringue Cookie Recipe

How to make crispy crunchy rainbow meringue cookies. So easy to color, flavor and pipe into different shapes. 
4.92 from 35 votes
Print Rate Never Miss A Cake
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 30 mins
cooling: 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Serves: 24 cookies
Calories: 11kcal


Meringue Cookie Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites fresh
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 5 oz sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla or other flavoring
  • 1 pinch salt


Meringue cookie instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 225ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Bring 2 inches of water to a simmer in a pot. Place a clean stainless steel mixing bowl over the water. It shouldn't touch the water. 
  • Combine your egg whites and sugar and whisk to combine. Occasionally whisk as it's heating to distribute the heat and dissolve the sugar.  
  • Once your egg whites are at 110ºF (or when you don't feel any grains of sugar between your fingers) you're read to whip
  • Place the bowl on your stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Whisk on med for one minute, add in cream of tartar, salt and flavoring. 
  • Bump up to high and let whip until you reach STIFF peaks. 
  • Now you are ready to pipe your meringue onto the baking sheet in kisses, swirls or pops. The possibilities are endless!
  • Bake for 60 minutes, then turn off the oven but do not take out the cookies. Let them sit in the oven until they are completely cold. I leave mine in overnight. 
  • Cookies can be stored in a ziplock bag unrefrigerated for up to two weeks. 


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 11kcal (1%) | Carbohydrates: 2g (1%) | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 2g (2%)
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102 comments on “Meringue Cookie Recipe

  1. 5 stars
    Made thee yesterday and they were definitely a hit with my family! Recipe was perfect! Thanks again Sugar Geek! You’re the best!

  2. Hello and thank you for all your lovely recipes and tips!
    I tried your recipe and method the other day and the meringues came out perfectly. The next day however, they were tacky to the touch. I put them back in the oven for another 1/2 hour and they dried out again. TODAY, if you touch them, they completely turn to mush!! The pops cannot be lifted from the paper… so strange… has this happened to anyone?

    1. Either the centers were not completely dry or it is very humid in your area. If you are making pops they will need to dry out for much longer. I tend to pipe an extra meringue pop as a sacrifice to see if the center is fully dried out before taking out the whole batch.

  3. Hi Liz, I baked my meringues for an hour and left in the oven as suggested. In the morning, they are sticky. What can be done, please suggest?

  4. 5 stars
    Hi… This recipe turned out awesome… Thank you for sharing

  5. If you are adding a topping to a meringue cookie such as sprinkles do you do it immediately after piping but before baking? I can’t imagine there’s any other way to do it right? I’ve only tried meringue cookies twice and I’m ready to try to get a little fancier with piping and decor! Also this is one of the most helpful recipes I’ve read!

  6. Hi, can I add lemone juice as acid. We dont have cream of tartar here. Is tehe another “acid” I could use if lemone juice is not good.

  7. Hi, I tried to make some pops they turn out beautiful except that they crack open ? why?

  8. 5 stars
    For Christmas I used this recipe and made red and white striped cookies and flavored with peppermint extract! They were adorable and delicious. Today I made vanilla ones but made them lavender color for Easter

  9. It buaetiful, I make it but Why did I bake and the color faded? so sad

  10. Can I use pasteurised egg white in substitute to egg white ?

  11. Hi Liz,

    I tried your meringue cookies recipe and they turned out quite oke.. they are only not as shiny as yours… could it be that my oven is too hot? Or I should have baked them just a little bit shorter?

  12. is The recipe the same measurements you used in the video ? If not can I double this recipe if I’m wanting to do a bunch of pops ?

  13. I love the ones on the stick. The stick don’t burn in the oven? Do I need special sprinkles ? Are the big round ones with chocolate inside or that the only sugar ones ?

    1. The oven is not hot enough to burn anything, its more a dehydrator at this level. No special sprinkles required. I wouldn’t use chocolate, they might melt.

  14. For the pops, can you use wooded skewers? Because of this issue with the world, this is the only thing I have

  15. Can I use foil instead of parchment paper?

  16. I’m planning to use this on top of a cake , my question the rest of batter how to store it or keep it until the first patch take its lovely time in the oven 😊

  17. OMG, I am making a memorial day cake for our Facetiming holiday dinner Sunday. I made this recipe into red white and blue stars and star pops! I am AMAZED at myself!!!! Next I am going to try an exploding firework for the big pop in the back any ideas??????. I am obsessed with your videos, I can’t believe a few days ago I wanted to give up but my will to make cakes for my family especially my grand daughters 1st bday cake in October over powered the negativity I was feeling.. the happiness it brings when I have accomplished one of your tutorials, the smiles and feedback from others is so inspiring to keep going.. Thank you for sharing! Accomplishments were your vanilla cupcakes turned into cinnamon cupcakes with a graham cracker lining, chocolate ganosh in the middle and a torched marshmallow frosting. Again I was amazed. I made your candy tutorial and I have made 3 orders since.. Your chocolate cake for a little boys bday decorated Willy woman style! They LOVED it!!

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m so glad my recipes are helping you! Please join my facebook group SUGAR GEEKS and post your photos! I’d love to see them!

  18. 5 stars
    Super easy and fun but mine piped into globs instead of holding shape. Does that mean I didn’t whip it for long enough?

  19. 5 stars
    Super easy and delicious too. I have failed every recipe I have tried until I tried this one.
    But I wanted to know the eggs quantity in oz or grams because sometimes I find the large ones not to be the same. If I weigh them it’s more easy. Can you tell me how much 3 eggs weigh?
    Thank you for your amazing recipes.

  20. Can you bake two pans of meringue at one time if just have a home oven?

  21. What if they all cracked in oven what does that mean? I had it at 225 for 60 minutes

    1. Hmmm it could be that your oven runs a little hot or you may have opened your oven too much, letting the hot air out which causes the oven to warm back up and it can split the cookies. Either reduce the temperature by 25º or be mindful of not opening the oven

  22. 4 stars
    Hi, I just made these for the first time and the white parts have a hint of tan brown to them. I baked them at 225 degrees F 60 minutes and then let them sit in the oven for an hour, They were perfect in every other way except the color. Should I stick to 200 degrees next time? Should I not leave them in for an hour? I never opened the door during the process except when taking them out at the end.

    1. Yes you can def leave them for a little less time or reduce the temperature for less browning. The type of pan you baked them on may also affect the color.

  23. So what did I do wrong if when I pipe the meringue the edges don’t stay sharp and becomes smooth?

  24. these look great!
    Where are your cookie sheets from? I love the colors.

  25. Hello. Just to be sure, are the 3 eggs supposed to be large eggs in the recipe?

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