Christmas Pavlova

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling


12 servings

Updated: Dec. 24, 2023
Crisp and crunchy on the outside, soft and almost marshmallowy on the inside, this elegant pavlova gets dressed up for the holidays. —James Schend Taste of Home Deputy Editor


  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 5 tablespoons red and green sprinkles, divided
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur or orange juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Preheat oven to 250°. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Draw a 9-in. circle on parchment. Invert paper and place on a baking sheet; set aside.
  2. Add cornstarch, vinegar, vanilla and salt to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Gently fold in 2 tablespoons sprinkles.
  3. Mound egg whites within circle marked on parchment, forming a shallow well in the center. With a wide spatula or large spoon, swipe up from the bottom around the outside to create smooth sides. Sprinkle outside with remaining 2 tablespoons sprinkles. Bake until set and dry, 45-50 minutes. Turn off oven (do not open oven door); leave meringue in oven 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine cranberries, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, orange liqueur, orange juice and cornstarch. Cook over medium heat until berries pop and mixture thickens slightly, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; cool completely.
  5. In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add remaining 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar; beat until soft peaks form. Fold half the whipped cream into cranberry mixture.
  6. Place pavlova on a serving plate. If center has not already collapsed, gently press center with a large spoon to open cavity inside. Gently add cranberry mixture, spreading to edge. Spoon remaining whipped cream on top of cranberry mixture; top with remaining 1 tablespoon sprinkles. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 243 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.