Meringue Cookie Recipes

Meringue cookies are light, airy, sweet, and crisp because whipped egg whites and sugar are the base of them. With no flour they're a perfect sweet treat for those eating gluten-free.

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Chocolate Chip Meringues

Rating: 3.5 stars 85
No one can resist these cloud-like cookies studded with chocolate chips.

French Meringue Cookies

Take a cue from the French and bake meringues in a rainbow of colors. Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, they're utterly irresistible. Start with Martha's chocolate version, then try the raspberry and orange variations.

Sweet Bones

Rating: 3.5 stars 131
Spook Halloween party guests with these light, airy confections made of meringue. All you need to make these bloody bites are egg whites and sugar, which are whipped into stiff peaks and piped into the shape of bones.

Meringue Swirls

Rating: 3.5 stars 201
Food editor Kristina Kurek mixed fresh vanilla bean seeds and citrus zest into a meringue cookie. The result -- a sweet, swirly cloud that tastes as good as it looks.

Brown Sugar Meringues

Rating: 3 stars 25
This twist on the classic meringue recipe calls for almonds and brown sugar, producing a golden-brown cookie that is crunchy on the outside, deliciously chewy on the inside.

Mocha-Chip Meringues

Rating: 3.5 stars 128
Espresso powder intensifies the chocolatey taste of these elegant little cookies.

Lemon Meringue Flowers

Rating: 3.5 stars 27
These floral meringues are perfect for spring. With bursts of lemon, they taste as sunny as they look. Don't worry if the petals look messy -- the candied peel at the center of each flower covers flaws.

Hazelnut Meringues

Rating: 3 stars 116
For a chocolate-hazelnut version of these meringue cookies, sift in 2 tablespoons cocoa powder when adding the nuts.

Peppermint Meringues with Chocolate Filling

Rating: 4 stars 91
Have yourself a sweet ending: These festive meringues sandwich a chocolate ganache.

Coffee-Meringue Acorns

Rating: 3 stars 154
It's fun to use pistachios for some of these and pecans for others, but of course you can stick with one or the other. It's best to bake them on a dry day; if it's even slightly humid, the meringues may take longer to crisp in the oven. The meringues can be made up to five days ahead and stored in a cool, dry place.

Chewy Fruitcake Meringues

Light-as-a-feather on the outside and chewy on the inside, these meringue snowballs take their flavor cues from a holiday classic: fruitcake. The heavenly cookies are studded with Luxardo cherries, dried pineapple, candied citrus, and buttery hazelnuts.

Inspiration and Ideas

Mini Peppermint-Meringue Cups with Ganache
To give these cups their festive design, paint lines of red gel-paste food coloring up the inside of an empty pastry bag before adding the meringue.
Cinnamon Stars (Zimtsterne)
Known as zimtsterne in Germany, these festive star-shaped cookies are made from a nut meringue that's rolled and cut, then iced with a mixture of egg white and sugar before baking. Tuck a few into a waxed paper envelope and tie it with a red twine bow for a sweet presentation.
Meringue Mice
Rating: 3.5 stars 13

These yuletide mice have bodies made from dollops of airy Swiss meringue to delight all your holiday elves.