Festive Meringue Christmas Trees

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3 hours + standing


about 26 meringues

Updated: Nov. 09, 2022
These meringues are eye-catching on the dessert table at a holiday party, and they taste heavenly! Look no further for the perfect treat to get you into the Christmas spirit. —Jenni Sharp, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Festive Meringue Christmas Trees Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons clear or regular vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Dash salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Green food coloring
  • Assorted sprinkles
  • Star nonpareils
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 200°. 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. Tint with green food coloring and mix thoroughly.
  3. Cut a small hole in the tip of a pastry bag; insert a large #828 open star tip. Transfer meringue to bag. Pipe 2-in.-diameter tree shapes 2 in. apart onto parchment-lined baking sheets; top with sprinkles and a star nonpareil.
  4. Bake until firm to the touch, about 3 hours. Turn off oven and open door all the way; leave meringues in oven until cool. Remove meringues from parchment. If desired, sprinkle lightly with confectioners' sugar. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

1 meringue: 23 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 12mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.