Meringue Kisses ( Meringue Cookies)

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Meringue cookies (a.k.a meringue kisses) are easy to make and perfect for snacking, gifting, decorating cakes or making Eton mess! Follow my foolproof meringue recipe to make perfect meringue cookies.

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I am a huge fan of meringue and meringue desserts such as Pavlova. And if you can make Pavlova you can certainly make meringue kisses! They are so cute, so light and crisp and just the right hint of sweetness when you fancy a treat.

Meringue kisses are perfect for decorating cakes, cupcakes and pavlovas and you can also crush them into whipped cream to make my Eton Mess Cake 🙂

Bake a big batch and keep in an airtight container and you will always have a sweet cookie on standby.

Cake decorated with meringue cookies

What’s another name for meringue cookies?

Meringue cookies are also known as meringue kisses, meringue drops or forgotten cookies. In Latin America they are called suspiros (which means “sigh”) or suspiritos – how cute is that?

Meringue Cookie Ingredients

Technically you can make meringue cookies with just two ingredients – egg whites and sugar. This makes them naturally gluten free and just a handful of calories each.

  • Large egg whites – fresh or use pasteurised egg whites from a carton for ease and less wastage.
  • Sugar caster sugar or granulated
  • Vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste – vanilla is the classic flavor for meringue cookies but other extracts can be used
  • Cream of Tartar – this is optional but will help stabilise the meringue
  • Gel food colours are a great way of colouring your meringue kisses

HOW TO MAKE MERINGUE COOKIES

Full measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page. Please take a look at the steps and video before attempting this recipe!

Make sure your stand mixer bowl and whisk attachment are clean and free of grease. I usually run mine through the dishwasher before making meringue. Add the egg whites and sugar to the bowl. Place this over a pot of barely simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t come into contact with the water.

Stir using a balloon whisk until the sugar has dissolved. If you have an instant read thermometer you can check whether the mixture has reached the right temperature of 55C/ 130F. If not, simply check whether the sugar has dissolved by checking it between your fingers – if it is still gritty continue to heat while mixing for a little longer.

heating egg whites and sugar over a double boiler

Dry the bottom of your mixing bowl and attach to the stand mixer. Add the vanilla or other flavourings and whisk at maximum speed for 5-7 minutes, or until the meringue forms stiff peaks.

Meringue collage

Transfer the meringue into a piping bag fitted with a star tip (or any other large tip). Pipe meringue swirls onto a silicone mat, spaced slightly apart. Hold the bag vertically over the mat, pipe the meringue and pull the piping bag away to create a little curl.

meringue cookies piped on a baking tray

Bake in a 80°C /175°F Fan Setting or 100°C / 210°F normal setting for 60minutes or until the meringue cookies feel dry to the touch and release easily from the baking mat. Turn the oven off and leave the trays in the oven until it cools down. Store in an airtight container for up to to two weeks.

close up on meringue cookies on a white background

TROUBLESHOOTING AND TIPS

Meringue is easy to make, especially when you use my Swiss Meringue recipe. Even so there’s a few things to note before baking these meringue cookies.

  • Make sure the stand mixer bowl, whisk and any other tools used to make the meringue are spotlessly clean and free of grease. Wipe them with vinegar or better yet run them through the dishwasher.
  • If you are using eggs (and not liquid egg whites) then make sure not a trace of the yolk contaminates the whites. Even a tiny spec will cause your meringue to flop.
  • Moisture and meringue do not mix! Store your cookies in airtight containers otherwise they will soften and lose their crispness.
  • Making meringue cookies with sweetener is possible but the texture is not the same and the meringue will not whip to perfect peaks.
Whisk with stiff meringue

ADDING COLOUR AND FLAVOR

  • It’s easy to add color to meringue cookies. You can tint the whole meringue a uniform colour of your choice adding a small amount of gel food coloring while you are still whisking.
  • Use a paintbrush to paint stripes of food coloring on the insides of your piping bag before you add the meringue. This will create colourfully striped meringue cookies when you pipe them.
  • You can add different extracts to play around with the flavor of your meringue cookies. Do not add oils as they will deflate your meringue.
  • Sandwich meringue kisses together using a little ganache or jam for a lovely sweet treat.
pink meringue cookies sandwiched with ganache

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Meringue cookies on a white textured background

Perfect Meringue Cookies

Follow my step-by-step guide for perfect meringue nests! My foolproof method will give the perfect results every time – snowy white, crispy meringues that can be filled to make mini pavlovas.

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Course: Cookies

Cuisine: Continental

Keyword: Meringue Cookies, Meringue Kisses

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Cooling: 1 hour

Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

Servings: 40 + cookies, depending on size

Calories: 19kcal

Instructions

Preheat the oven and prep your baking Trays

Make the meringue

  • Put the egg whites and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer. Set this over a pot of barely simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t come into contact with the water. Use a balloon whisk to lightly whisk the egg whites and encourage the sugar to dissolve.

  • If you have a digital thermometer you can check whether the mixture has reached the right temperature of 55C/ 130F. If not, simply check whether the sugar has dissolved d by checking it between your fingers – if it is still gritty continue to heat while mixing for a little longer.

  • Dry the bottom of your mixing bowl and attach to the stand mixer. Add the vanilla extract and whisk at maximum speed for 5-7 minutes, or until the meringue forms perfectly stiff peaks.

Pipe the Meringue Cookies

Bake and Cool

  • Bake the meringue cookies for 60 minutes or until they are dry to the touch and release easily from the baking mats.

  • Turn the oven off and leave the meringues to cool in the oven until it cools down – don’t open the door!

Notes

  • Make sure the stand mixer bowl, whisk and any other tools used to make the meringue are spotlessly clean and free of grease. 
  • If you are using eggs (and not liquid egg whites) then make sure not a trace of the yolk contaminates the whites. Even a tiny spec will cause your meringue to flop.
  • It’s easy to add color to meringue cookies. You can tint the whole meringue a uniform colour of your choice adding a small amount of gel food coloring while you are still whisking.
  • Use a paintbrush to paint stripes of food coloring on the insides of your piping bag before you add the meringue. This will create colourfully striped meringue cookies when you pipe them.
  • You can add different extracts to play around with the flavor of your meringue cookies. Do not add oils as they will deflate your meringue.

Nutritional Info

Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 4mg | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg





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