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Meringue Nests

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


  • 3 large 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
  • Whipped cream and fresh mint leaves, optional


  • 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.
  • Drop meringue into 8 mounds on a parchment-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 to form eight 3-in. cups.
  • 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. If desired, top with whipped cream and mint.
Nutrition Facts
1 meringue: 81 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 21mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Diane
    Apr 13, 2020

    I made these for Easter and filled with coconut grass and coated Easter eggs. They turned out very cute. Also dusted the finished nest with cocoa powder.

  • MariahL
    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
    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
    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

  • brittany0909090909
    Jan 26, 2012

    No comment left

  • pammy jean
    Feb 2, 2011

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

  • gayle bruce
    Apr 3, 2009

    how far in advance can these be made

  • mdcw5065
    Apr 1, 2009

    Been a while since I have mademeringue 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