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Meringue Drops

If you don't have time to pipe the meringue could be spooned into 2-in. circles. Extract flavorings could be added to the meringues to change the flavor.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen


  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Food coloring, optional
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • White pearl or coarse sugar, optional


  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line baking sheets with parchment.
  • Preheat oven to 200°. Add vanilla, cream of tartar and if desired food coloring to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form.
  • Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert pastry tip. Fill bag with meringue. Pipe 2-in. circles or shapes 2 in. apart onto prepared baking sheets. If desired, sprinkle with pearl sugar.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until set and dry. Turn oven off; leave meringues in oven until oven has completely cooled. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 27 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
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  • Remenec
    Jun 14, 2019

    This was a fun recipe to make with my daughter this summer. They taste sweet and chewy, just like cotton candy. We added a few drops of pink food coloring and flavored ours with a couple drops of strawberry kiwi oil.

  • Cushy
    Jan 30, 2015

    I doubled the recipe and added a 3 oz box of strawberry jello with 1 cup of sugar. I also decreased the cooking time to 12 minutes because I made them smaller (tablespoon) and decrease the oven time to 40 minutes. No pastry bag needed! Excellent chewy centers and crispy shells. Daughter loves them! Like little balls of cotton candy!

  • mrs._white
    Dec 13, 2013

    I used peppermint extract instead of vanilla which was tasty, but I think leaving them in the oven for an hour is a little long, they seemed to be too done.

  • Love2Experiment
    Dec 19, 2011

    To change this up, I added a good 1 1/2 tablespoons of raspberry jello powder at the point of mixing in the sugar and finished by topping the piped meringue with white decorative coarse sugar before baking. The gelatin mix added a nice flavor and color. (You could use most any flavor) These were light and airy and reminded me of cotton candy.

  • MusicalPhoenix
    Mar 30, 2011

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  • stacybethc
    Mar 1, 2011

    Very tasty! So light and airy and crunchy. And very easy to make!