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Festive Meringue Christmas Trees

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3 hours + standing
  • Makes
    about 26 meringues


  • 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


  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Tasia72597
    Dec 18, 2020

    Super cute and easy. Followed recipe exactly. Be sure to let egg whites sit out for 30 minutes. Also important to add sugar SLOWLY! I made a batch tonight and added colorful sprinkles and a few candy snowflakes to them.

  • Kristi
    Dec 7, 2020

    They turned out perfectly. We didn't have any green food coloring, so we used blue and topped with darker blue sugar sprinkles and put a white snowflake at the top. They were very pretty and my kids love them, especially since they remind them of Frozen!

  • aug2295
    Dec 9, 2019

    These were really light and airy, but make sure you have the correct pastry tip or some skill with the presentation, because ours wound up looking like an episode of Nailed it! They were really delicious though.

  • Kasha
    Dec 6, 2019

    good way to use egg whites, cute