Vanilla Meringue Cookie Recipe

Vanilla Meringue Cookie Recipe

December 14, 2016   16 Comments

This vanilla meringue cookie recipe will win your heart. Not only is it gluten-free but it only has five ingredients and 9 calories per cookie!

There are so many great things about these cookies except for the fact they take a bit of technique. But, if I can do it, you can! Unlike my Almond Clouds or my frozen chocolate cookie dough recipe, you have to pipe the batter (which is a step I would ordinarily avoid).

These are beautiful, they stay fresh in a tightly sealed container, and they are low in calories - only 9 calories per cookie!. That is what happens when you mix egg whites and sugar (and don’t use any flour or butter).

This is cooking alchemy at its best because beating the crap out of egg whites turns them into something else entirely – meringue.

The first step is to bring your egg whites to room temperature (I put the eggs in warm water for 15 minutes if I forget to take them out of the fridge). Then you beat them with the vanilla, cream of tartar, and a dash of salt except tuntil foamy.

You add one tablespoon of sugar at a time while you beat on high and you get the most amazing thing – a thick, shiny batter that becomes a solid when you heat it! How cool is that?

I have a stand mixer because my husband bought it but you can do this with a hand mixer – it will take longer and your hand might get tired.

I used a star tip and a disposable piping bag – both of which you can get in the baking aisle of your grocery store next to the cupcake wrappers – and made cute little circles. It really isn’t hard – I am terrible at this kind of thing and I managed to make the ones below.

Then, you bake them at 250 F for 45 minutes and leave them in the oven with the oven turned off for an hour so they get dry. Store them in an airtight container (very important).

These do take time, but they don’t take money and people love them. Especially those people who are trying to avoid the heavier stuff (I am looking at you Christmas fudge).

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Vanilla Meringue Cookie Recipe

Makes approximately 60 cookies

3 large egg whites, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
dash salt
2/3 cup sugar

Heat oven to 250 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Put egg whites in a bowl and add vanilla, cream of tartar, and a dash of salt. Beat on medium speed until foamy.

Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, as you beat on high. Beat until stiff, shiny peaks form (about 7 minutes).

Using a star tip and a piping bag, pipe 1 inch diameter cookies in small circles on the baking sheets. Bake 45 minutes until firm to the touch. Turn off oven and leave the door closed. Leave meringues in the oven for 1 hour.

Cool completely and store in an airtight container. They will remain fresh as long as they are not exposed to a humid environment for three weeks.

For two cookies = 18 calories, 0 g fat, 0.0 g saturated fat, 4.4 g carbohydrates, 4.4 g sugar, 0.4 g protein, 0 g fiber, 12 mg sodium, 1 SmartPt

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16 Comments:

This recipe has been in my family for years and my grandchildren love it and make it all the time. We always add 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. My grandmother would also add chopped red and green cherries for the holidays. I'm not sure if they were candied (dried) or not but they probably were. They were colorful but I love the chocolate chips best. She also added 1/4 t. almond extract but I think that's optional.

on December 14, 2016

Have you tried using the liquid from chickpeas (aquafaba)??? :O There seems to be a movement towards doing this..I'm guessing more protein? Justwondered.http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/06/10/aquafaba_baking_with_chickpea_liquid_for_vegan_meringues.html

on December 15, 2016

@Ilene - I haven't tried that but I hear it works. I am fairly new to meringue making so I thought I would go with the original. Chick pea liquid next!! Thanks for the question!

on December 15, 2016

Hey, Snack Girl, thank you for the meringue cookie recipe ! It sounds (and looks) easy and wonderful. Every year we make houses out of chocolate covered graham crackers ...have been doing it for more years than I care to remember. lol. They look beautiful, but, oh, so much work! I have been thinking about making something different for our friends and our neighbors next year and now I think that I have the solution!
Now, if I can only convince my husband! The houses were his idea and he made them for years while I stood by and watched.
But since he has lost his eyesight it is now my work but he still comes up with the ideas.
Leah

on December 15, 2016

This sounds great, but I have a couple questions. Could you add food coloring and if using chocolatte chips, when would you add them? Thank you!

on December 15, 2016

There was an interesting post recently on Fooducate about aquafaba. The gist of it was to stay with egg whites for more protein and fewer carbs.

on December 15, 2016

Love meringues. Yum and thank you! I have done a bit of experimenting with chickpea liquid. 2 thoughts: Like anything else, it won't be an exact taste replica. Also, don't used canned chickpeas for sweet aquafaba projects. There's an unwanted taste for my tongue, even if I buy the insanely pricey unsalted ones.

on December 15, 2016

@Phyllis - you can add the chocolate chips after you finish the meringue (stiff and glossy) - fold them in. I have seen a trick where you draw a line of food coloring down the side of your piping bag to give them a cool look. I would add food coloring after the meringue is done - quickly beating it in for a uniform color.

Thanks for your questions!!

on December 15, 2016

I don't eat sugar so wonder if I can use Splenda instead of sugar. Less calories and controlled diabetes

on December 15, 2016

Can Stevia be used instead of sugar? My husband has diabetes.
Thanks.

on December 15, 2016

Thank you snack-girl for the vanilla merengue cookie . I'm going to try it.

on December 15, 2016

I've wondered about stevia, too, for those who can't have sugar. I hope someone knows the answer. Snack Girl, do you?

on December 15, 2016

About Stevia - I don't know because I haven't tried it - but my guess would be 1/2 and 1/2 might be better than going totally sugar free.

Here is a recipe that I found but I can't vouch for it. http://blog.stevia-sweet.co.uk/2014/05/21/sugar-free-crispy-meringue-with-stevia-baking-granules/

I have been asked about Stevia often - I need to get a better understanding of how/when to use it.

Great questions!

on December 15, 2016

Splenda?? I don't use Stevia. Years ago I'd substitute Splenda in muffins, frosting, cupcakes, etc. and it worked. The finished product was softer but delicious

on December 15, 2016

Great cookies. Bad me: I added 1/4 C each chocolate chips, bourbon-soaked raisins, and pecans. Oh my. But I did make them small and still only got 52 cookies.

on December 16, 2016

Hi! If you don't have a piping bag with a star tip, is there another way to make these into some type of cookie shape? Thanks!

on February 22, 2017


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