Vanilla Meringue Cookies


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
12 cookies


  • 2 egg whites

  • teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ vanilla bean

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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 (per serving)

40 Calories
9g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 40
% Daily Value *
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Calcium 1mg 0%
Potassium 16mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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