These vanilla meringue cookies are perfect for the holidays and are definitely worth the expense of the vanilla bean. Served alone or alongside fresh fruit, they are the perfect melt-in-your-mouth, delicious dessert.



Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Place egg whites and cream of tartar into a large bowl; beat using an electric mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form. Increase speed to high and add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time while mixing until stiff peaks form. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into the bowl and add vanilla extract; beat just until blended.

  • Spoon batter into a pastry bag and pipe mounds onto the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until set, about 1 1/2 hours. Turn oven off; let cookies cool in the closed oven for 1 1/2 hours. Remove cookies carefully from paper.

Cook's Note:

The key to the perfect meringue is to completely mix in sugar before adding another tablespoon.

Nutrition Facts

40 calories; 0 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 9 mg sodium. 9.1 g carbohydrates; 0.6 g protein; Full Nutrition


Rating: 5 stars
Our family has been making these as long as I can remember Mother Grand Mother and I m carrying on the tradition. When I get it right they are perfect. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I've made these for years only I add chocolate chips to mine to add a little extra fun and of course for our chocolate lovers in the family. I fold them in at the end before spooning them out to set overnight. Read More