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Festive Meringue Cookies

Try these meringue cookies without cream of tartar! These festive treats sparkle not only during the holidays but for other occasions year-round. Use colored sugar or food coloring to change things up. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • White pearl or coarse sugar, optional


  • Place egg white in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 250°.
  • Beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy; add vanilla. Beat until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form.
  • Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry bag; insert large star tip. Transfer meringue to bag. Pipe 2-in. circles or shapes 2 in. apart onto parchment-lined baking sheets. If desired, sprinkle with pearl or coarse sugar.
  • Bake until set and dry, 35-40 minutes. Turn oven off (do not open oven door); leave meringues in oven for 1-1/2 hours. Remove from oven; cool completely on baking sheets. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
1 meringue: 27 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.
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