Light airy Peppermint Meringue Cookies are perfect for the holiday season. Melt-in-your-mouth cookies with crushed peppermint candies are a guilt-free festive treat!
It's that cookie platter time of year and nothing saves the day like the Peppermint Meringues recipe. They are cute, festive, easy to make and full of peppermint flavor.
Perfect meringues really do melt in your mouth. They have a crisp exterior and slightly chewy center. Perfect for guilt-free dessert.
What makes this skinny?
The ingredients are basically egg whites and ¾ cup granulated sugar. There is no butter, oil or flour (more calorie dense ingredients).
Because the egg whites are whipped the recipe makes 63 bite-size cookies, spreading out the ingredients across lots of cookies. Plenty to enjoy a few with little calories.
Recipe Ingredients Notes
Egg whites. Use fresh large egg whites. Be sure to not include any egg yolk. Use real eggs not egg whites in the carton.
Cream of tartar. This acts as a stabilizer allowing whipped eggs whites to fluff up to several times their original size and hold their structure.
Food coloring. We prefer gel food coloring. You won't need much and the color is brilliant. If you prefer a white meringue leave the food coloring out.
Wilton peppermint crunch holiday sprinkles. These are finely chopped peppermint bits that can be found where baking supplies are sold (other brands make them too). Crushed peppermints or peppermint candy canes can be used as well.
How to make Peppermint Meringues - Step-by-Step
Meringues transform from stiff glossy peaks to a matte surface of meringue when they are done. Baking on a low oven temperature allows the cookies to set without cracking.
STEP 1. Preparation
Pre heat oven to 250 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (photo 1).
STEP 2. Make the meringue
Using an electric mixer (hand held or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment) beat egg whites and salt on medium-high speed until they are foamy (photos 2-3).
Add in the cream of tartar (photo 4) and continue mixing until soft peaks have formed (photo 5).
Continue mixing and slowly add in the sugar (photo 6) until stiff peaks form (they will be stiff shiny peaks) (photo 8).
On low speed mix in the desired amount of food coloring (photo 7).
Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in ½ of the peppermint sprinkles with a spatula (photo 9).
STEP 3. Pipe meringues
Spoon the meringue mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large round tip (photo 10). Pipe 1-inch mounds onto the prepared cookie sheets, placing them 1 inch apart (photo 11).
Sprinkle the tops with the remaining peppermint sprinkles (photo 12).
STEP 4. Bake
Bake meringues for 1 hour. At the 1-hour mark, shut off the oven and crack the oven door for 5 minutes.
At the 5 minute mark shut the door, with the oven still off, and allow the meringues to sit in the oven for 1 hour to allow them to completely dry out (photo 13).
Use a star piping tip. Depending on the size of the peppermint sprinkles or crushed candy cane you may be able to use a large open star tip such as the 1M from Wilton. A large star tip will make star shapes of the meringues.
No piping bag? No problem! Use a gallon plastic freezer bag instead (like Ziploc brand). Snip off a corner and insert the piping tip OR pipe from the corner of the bag directly.
No piping option. If you do not have a pastry bag or would prefer not to pipe the cookies spoon meringue onto the baking sheet instead. Another option would be to use a small cookie dough scoop and drop mounds onto the cookie sheet.
Mini chocolate chips. For a swap in OR to make chocolate peppermint meringues add some mini chocolate chips.
Start with a clean bowl. To whip the meringue starting with a clean bowl is a must.
Use a stand mixer if possible. You'll get to the firm peaks stage much faster with a stand mixer.
Humidity. Avoid making meringues on humid days. The sugar in the meringue mixture will absorb the moisture from the air making it difficult to create the needed stiff peaks. High humidity can turn meringues soft and sticky after they are baked too. Be sure to store in a well sealed container and keep them in a cool, dry location.
How to Store
Store in an airtight container at room temperature (they should be in a cool dry place). Will stay good for up to 2 weeks.