Ghost Meringue Cookies

Ghost Meringue Cookies are a 5-ingredient cookie made of egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar. They’re piped into ghostly shaped and after baking are decorated with icing gel to add their ghost faces. 

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I had so much fun making these meringue cookies! They’re perfect for Halloween with their ghostly little faces! I took them into work where most of my coworkers just looked at them with a confused look on their face. Apparently meringue cookies aren’t as popular as I thought! After I explained that it was just a very sweet cookie, they were much more interested in trying them. The rest of the cookies that stayed home ended up going home with my aunt.

WHAT IS A MERINGUE COOKIE?

A meringue cookie is made from egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar and vanilla extract. The ingredients are beat together on high speed until stiff peaks form and then it is transferred to a piping bag and piped onto either parchment paper or a silpat before baking. This is considered French meringue. There is also Italian meringue which involves boiling sugar syrup and Swiss meringue which is warmed, whisked, then baked. The cookies are sweet, light and fluffy.

WHAT DO MERINGUE COOKIES TASTE LIKE?

They look like marshmallow, but they really just taste sugary sweet. Using a good extract in meringue cookies is key because they really take on the flavor. Vanilla is common, but you could also use almond, coconut, lemon, etc.

INGREDIENTS FOR GHOST MERINGUES

  • egg whites
  • sugar
  • cream of tartar
  • vanilla extract
  • icing gel

GHOST MERINGUE DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. Add egg whites to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on high speed with the whisk attachment until foamy.
  3. Add in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Add in vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks form, 6-8 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a piping bag and pipe into 3 layers to create a ghostly body.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes. Cool completely.
  6. Add eyes and mouths with icing gel.

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Ghost Meringue Cookies

NicholeL
Ghost Meringue Cookies are a 5-ingredient cookie made of egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar. They're piped into ghostly shaped and after baking are decorated with icing gel to add their ghost faces. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Cookies
Cuisine Halloween
Servings 3 dozen

Ingredients
  

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • black icing gel

Directions
 

  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  • Beat egg whites in a mixer with the beater attachment on high speed until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Then add in the cream of tartar and vanilla.
  • Continue beating on high speed until egg whites are thick and white, looking similar to marshmallow fluff, and hold a stiff peak.
  • Transfer to a piping bag with a wide round tip. Pipe one layer, lift up and pipe another layer on top, followed by a third to create a ghostly body.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, then remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  • Once cooled, add ghost eyes and mouths with black icing gel.

Notes

Store ghost meringues in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Frozen meringue cookies will last for at least a month.
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