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Vanilla Meringue Cookies Recipe

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Holiday dinners often feature rich, heavy desserts. So we suggest you also offer these, light, airy morsels.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing
MAKES: 60 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons clear or regular vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Dash salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 10 calories, trace fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 5 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchange: Free food.

Directions

  1. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 250°. Add vanilla, cream of tartar and salt to egg whites; beat on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form, about 7 minutes.
  3. Cut a small hole in the tip of a pastry bag or in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag; insert a #32 star tip. Transfer meringue to bag. Pipe 1-1/4-in. diameter cookies 2 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  4. Bake 40-45 minutes or until firm to the touch. Turn off oven (do not open oven door); leave meringues in oven 1 hour. Remove from oven; cool completely on baking sheets. Remove meringues from paper; store in an airtight container at room temperature. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Vanilla Meringue Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2009, p69

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 10 calories, trace fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 5 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchange: Free food.

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

Reviews for Vanilla Meringue Cookies

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Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

I used almond extract instead of vanilla because of personal taste, but they came out perfectly. I think I might try coconut extract next time. I divided it into 3 before piping and used gel food coloring to dye them. These look so pretty for my daughter's birthday party.

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2012

its a yummy treat, Everyone will love it

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Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

super easy, make sure you warm the eggs and beat them until very firm. Excellent taste and look pretty on a cookie plate.

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Reviewed May. 28, 2012

I gave this four stars only because I've never made meringues before and have nothing to compare with, but this was so simple. I was looking for a diabetic-friendly sweets recipe for my dad and this one turned out even better because I forgot to add the salt, but it still tastes great.

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