Meringue Nests Recipe
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Meringue Nests Recipe

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These crunch meringue shells will have guests "oohing" and "aahing." Topped with your favorite fresh fruit, they're pretty served with a spring meal.—Taste of Home Cooking School, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Fresh fruit such as sliced fresh strawberries, fresh raspberries, mandarin oranges or cubed fresh pineapple


  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Beat the egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form.
  2. Drop meringue into eight mounds on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Shape into 3-in. cups with the back of a spoon. Or, place meringue mixture in pastry bag fitted with star tip. Pipe meringue onto parchment paper to form eight 3-in. cups.
  3. Bake at 275° for 45-50 minutes or until set and dry. Turn off oven and do not open door; leave meringues in oven for 1 hour. Fill with fruit. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Meringue Nests in Taste of Home Cooking School Collection Spring 2008, p67

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MariahL User ID: 6035998 185166
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2013

"I will continue to look for a good meringue recipe. I made this recipe with the intent to crumble the meringue nests and use in another recipe. I was going to fill the remaining uncrumbled meringues with fruit. I baked according to the directions, but mine seemed to be overly browned."

Jan421 User ID: 6952903 183237
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2012

"This is a yes but. I used to make this recipe in our old house with a wonderful Thermador wall oven (electric). Never had a problem. Now we are living in another house where the previous owners installed an expensive Thermador range with a gas oven. To say that I hate the gas oven for baking is an understatement. I just inspected the nests after 20 minutes. They were brown and the top and crumbling. There goes my dessert for tonight. I wish I could say the same for the stove. I will give this recipe five stars because I've made it before with no problems. The oven gets no stars."

luvmyhorse56 User ID: 6817545 180644
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"this is such a nice recipe, quick and easy. I did find the ready made meringue nests, large and minis on a website called wishuponaplate(dot)com"

pammy jean User ID: 1892461 98871
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"I love these, they're easy to make and a great light dessert after a large meal"

gayle bruce User ID: 2249156 185164
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2009

"how far in advance can these be made"

mdcw5065 User ID: 3840382 210799
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2009

"Been a while since I have made

meringue nest for dessert. Love to put a lite pudding in shell and top with fresh fruit and whipping cream....guest go crazy. I have hostess duty at the end of April for our CWF group at church. We are having a Spring theme for the evening. This dessert will be the topper! Thanks"

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