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Minty Meringue Cookies

Melt in your mouth Minty Meringue Cookies are the perfect Christmas treat. Light and airy cookies with a peppermint flavor, these look so pretty on your holiday dessert plates.

If you love making meringue cookies, be sure to try our easy Chocolate Mint Meringues or Pumpkin Meringue Cookies. Same easy process, with delicious melt in your mouth flavor.

Red and green mint meringue cookies in a white bowl.

Meringue Cookies

Aren’t these meringue cookies adorable?

I originally saw the idea for adding stripes to mint meringue cookies on a Martha Stewart recipe and couldn’t wait to give them a try.

As much as I love meringue cookies of all kinds, I don’t make them very often outside of special occasions.

Here’s why: They are so light with that melt-in-your-mouth texture that it’s too easy to eat a whole bowl without feeling full. I can’t trust myself to avoid overdoing it!

One upside to eating “accidentally” more meringue cookies than I intended? They are made with egg whites which are an excellent source of protein!

Well, and sugar, but c’mon . . . I’m trying to be positive here! And we are talking about cookies after all, so some sugar is a given.

Cool peppermint is one of my favorite meringue flavors. You know those soft sweet peppermint candies that dissolve on your tongue when you eat them?

Mint meringues, with their light airy consistency, remind me a bit of those.

I originally made these around the holiday season and I still love including them on a Christmas cookie tray. They look beautiful next to decorated sugar cookies and chocolate fudge. Even though they’re easy to make, there’s something about a meringue that’s a little extra impressive!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients to make minty meringue cookies including caster sugar and egg whites.

Meringues require very few ingredients, so I usually find myself making them at the end of a baking spree when I’m low on flour.

You don’t need any flour or butter to make meringue cookies!

  • Egg whites save the egg yolks for homemade lemon curd!
  • Cornstarch
  • Peppermint extractnot to be confused with MINT extract, they are not the same.
  • White vinegar 
  • Caster sugar –  Not to be confused with powdered or confectioner’s sugar. Caster is finer than granulated sugar but coarser than powdered. It’s sometimes labeled as “superfine” sugar in the grocery store.
  • Gel food coloring – I used a combination of red and green to keep with the peppermint holiday theme.

Easy Instructions

Step by Step photos showing how to make mint meringues.

You’re going to love how easy it is to make homemade meringue cookies! After beating egg whites and sugar into stiff peaks, you bake them at a much lower temperature than most cookies, creating cookies that are light as a cloud!

STEP 1. Beat egg whites on high until foamy (about 30 seconds).

STEP 2. Add vinegar and cornstarch and beat until soft peaks form (about one minute). Slowly add in the caster sugar, in a steady stream. Add peppermint. Beat for about 4 minutes until stiff peaks form.

STEP 3. In pastry bag with star tip, draw lines on inside of bag with red gel food coloring. Fill bag with half of meringue mixture. Pipe one inch star cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with other half of meringue mixture and green food coloring.

STEP 4. Place in a 200 degree oven for about 80 minutes, turn oven off and leave in there overnight.

Keep these minty meringues in an airtight container at room temperature up to a week.

Parchment paper with red and green meringue cookies.

What to substitute for caster sugar

There is no substitute for caster sugar but you can make it yourself from granulated sugar.

If you can’t find (or don’t have) caster sugar, you can pulse regular white sugar in the food processor for a few seconds until it’s made finer.

Do NOT substitute powdered sugar! It’s much finer than caster and will not work in this recipe.

Tips and Tricks

While meringues aren’t complicated, the technique you use can make or break how well the cookies turn out. Here are some of the tricks I’ve learned over the years for getting perfect meringue cookies!

Stack of mint meringues on wooden table.
  • Don’t add the sugar too soon. Wait until the egg whites look nice and foamy before adding in the sugar. Adding it too early may mean the meringue doesn’t fluff.
  • Carefully separate the yolks from the whites. This is a time to be extra careful with your egg dividing! Any bit of yolk will make it harder to get the stiffened texture you need in meringe cookies.
  • Check your oven temperature! If your oven runs hot, be careful here. The idea behind baking these for so long at an ultra low temperature is that they’re really drying out more than they’re baking in a typical sense. An oven that’s too hot will kill the light consistency of the cookie.
  • Meringue cookies are best eaten soon after baking. Yes, they are good for up to a week but they’re BEST eaten within a few hours of getting out of the oven.

Recipe FAQs

How can you tell if your meringue cookies are done baking?

When done baking, meringue cookies will be light and crisp without browning. They will be easily lifted from parchment paper and the bottoms are dry.

Why do my meringue cookies crack?

Meringue cookies will crack if your oven temperature is too high. Be sure to use an oven thermometer for an accurate reading. It can also happen with changes in temperature, so keep the oven door closed and no PEEKING.

How do you store meringue cookies?

Meringue cookies should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Stack of three meringue cookies with red and green.

More Holiday Recipes

Give Christmas dinner a decadent finish with this Eggnog Cheesecake Cake. A creamy center and plenty of spice make this the ideal dessert for a cozy holiday celebration!

Yield: 60

Minty Meringue Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 35 minutes

Melt in your mouth Minty Meringue Cookies are the perfect Christmas treat. Light and airy cookies with a peppermint flavor, these look so pretty on your holiday dessert plates.

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • ¾ tsp peppermint extract
  • gel food coloring

Instructions

  1. Beat egg whites on high until foamy (about 30 seconds). Add vinegar and cornstarch and beat until soft peaks form (about one minutes). Slowly add in the sugar, in a steady stream. Add peppermint. Beat for about 4 minutes until stiff peaks form.
  2. In pastry bag with star tip, draw lines on inside of bag with red gel food coloring. Fill bag with half of meringue mixture. Pipe one inch star cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with other half of meringue mixture and green food coloring.
  3. Place in a 200 degree oven for about 80 minutes, turn oven off and leave in there 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Store in airtight container, up to a week.

Notes

  • Don't add the sugar too soon. Wait until the egg whites look nice and foamy before adding in the sugar. Adding it too early may mean the meringue doesn't fluff.
  • Carefully separate the yolks from the whites. This is a time to be extra careful with your egg dividing! Any bit of yolk will make it harder to get the stiffened texture you need in meringe cookies.
  • Check your oven temperature! If your oven runs hot, be careful here. The idea behind baking these for so long at an ultra low temperature is that they're really drying out more than they're baking in a typical sense. An oven that's too hot will kill the light consistency of the cookie.
  • Meringue cookies are best eaten soon after baking. Yes, they are good for up to a week but they're BEST eaten within a few hours of getting out of the oven.
  • Caster Sugar Substitute- There is no substitute for caster sugar but you can make it yourself from granulated sugar. If you can't find (or don't have) caster sugar, you can pulse regular white sugar in the food processor for a few seconds until it's made finer. Do NOT substitute powdered sugar! It's much finer than caster and will not work in this recipe.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

60

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 15Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 0g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Mint lovers, this meringue cookie recipe is for you! With just a few ingredients and a bit of patience, you can make perfect Mint Meringues right at home. Add these to your holiday baking list or give this recipe a whirl anytime you want a taste of heavenly minty sweetness!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on December 21, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Made this today and it was delicious! even shared it with my neighbours and they also loved these minty meringues. Your recipe is super easy to follow. Thank you so much!

  2. I don’t believe we have caster sugar here in the US, at least not where I live. What can I use instead?

  3. I’ve made these several times and they’re always a hit! A couple times, I’ve switched up the extract just to change things up a bit and they are still delicious!

  4. Thanks so much for linking to our recipe! Your meringue cookies look amazing, I love the touch of holiday color!

  5. Pretty & tasty. Love that they are mint! Would be thrilled for you to link this to my Craftastic link party:)

  6. Totally agree – egg whites are HEALTHY. They tell us to eat them when we’re dieting, so next time I’m watching what I eat I will live on these little clouds of joy. 🙂 Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

  7. Aimee, these are some of my favorite Holiday Cookies to make!
    And I love how you tinted them!

  8. those are adorable!they’re perfect for christmas!
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  9. These are so pretty for Christmas, Aimee! Thanks for adding them to my Blog Hop!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! 🙂

  10. I saw something like this in Bon Apetit magazine & I really want to try it. It looks so easy to make and delicious — I’m sure they’re dangerous since they’re so easily poppable in your mouth 🙂

  11. I love your positive way of dealing with the sugar:-) And yes those are absolutely adorable striped meringues…I’m sure I would eat tons if they were in my house!!!

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