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Egg White Meringue Cookies

Egg White Meringue Cookies are like crispy and airy clouds that melt in your mouth. Made with only 5 ingredients, you're sure to impress anyone who tries them.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Baking, Cookies
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: crisp meringue cookies, easy meringue cookies, egg white meringue cookies, ghost meringue cookies, vanilla meringue cookies
Servings: 40 cookies
Calories: 11kcal
Author: NicholeL


  • Ateco #826 piping tip
  • piping bag
  • stand or hand mixer


  • 2 large egg whites at room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt.
  • Beat on low speed until the mixture is foamy, then increase to high speed.
  • Add in the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until fully dissolved (about 20 seconds after each addition) and the mixture is glossy white and stiff peaks have formed. (See note for stiff peaks)
  • Add in the vanilla and let combine.
  • Fit a piping bag with a large star tip and add the mixture into the piping bag. Pipe dollops of cookies onto the prepared baking sheet. (Dollops can be close together, these cookies won't spread)
  • Bake for 1 hour. Then turn off the oven and keep the door closed for at least 1 hour more, but up to 2 additional hours.
  • Gently remove the meringue cookies from the parchment paper and store in an air-tight container, away from humidity, in a cool, dark place for up to 2 weeks.


Stiff peaks are achieved when you can turn off the mixer and lift the beater blade and the mixture does not move, forming a stiff peak. This takes about 5 minutes of mixing with a stand mixer on high speed, but can take up to 10 minutes depending on the mixer, speed and temperature in the room.


Serving: 2cookies | Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 6mg | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg