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Minty Meringue Cookies

Do you love Meringue Cookies? Try this minty version for a refreshing take on the melt-in-your-mouth treats.

Minty Meringue Cookies: easy mint cookies with red/green swirls

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.

Meringue Cookies

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 this we are talking about cookies after all, so some sugar is a given.

Mint Meringues

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I originally made these around the holiday season and I still love including them on a Christmas cookie tray.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 richer treats. Even though they’re easy to make, there’s something about a meringue that’s a little extra impressive!

Mint Meringue Cookies Recipe

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!

Here are all the ingredients you need: 

  • Egg whites 
  • Cornstarch
  • Peppermint extract
  • 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.

How to Make Meringue Cookies

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.

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 for Meringue Cookies

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!

  • 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.

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!

Minty Meringue Cookies

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3/4 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. Place in a 200 degree oven for about 80 minutes, turn oven off and leave in there overnight.
  3. Store in airtight container, up to a week.

Notes

**note** If you can’t find caster sugar, I stick my sugar in a food processor (or blender) for a minute just to grind it a little finer!

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Aimee

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

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Posted on December 19, 2011

Comments & Reviews

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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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