This delicious meringue recipe produces crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth cookies that are sure to be an instant crowd-pleaser. Taking just 15 minutes to prepare, this recipe will have you enjoying the sweet treats in a total time of 3 hours and 15 minutes. The amounts listed below will create 10 large cookies.
How To Make Delicious Crunchy Meringue
To begin, you will need 3 egg whites (which should be at room temperature) along with a pinch of salt, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, and 3/4 cup of powdered sugar. For those wishing to give their meringues a special splash of color, food coloring is an optional addition.
To get started, preheat the oven to 200° Fahrenheit, cover a baking sheet with parchment paper, and make sure your mixer bowl is clean and grease-free.
In the electric mixer with a whisk attachment, beat together the egg whites and salt until light and foamy with soft peaks.
While still mixing, add the sugar one tablespoon at a time in order to form stiff peaks and ensure that the sugar is fully dissolved.
Finish by stirring in the vanilla extract.
Fold in the powdered sugar by hand, adding food coloring if desired, and then spoon the meringue mix onto the baking sheet to form cookies.
Place the baking sheet in the lower part of the oven and bake for 2-3 hours or until the meringues are dry and their centers are no longer sticky.
Turn off the oven, but leave the meringues inside to cool completely, allowing at least one hour or an overnight rest.
The finished meringues can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is using a scale recommended for this recipe?
A: We recommend using a scale for the best results when measuring the egg whites. It’s important to make sure there are no egg yolks mixed in, as that could ruin the meringue.
Q: What is the ideal baking time?
A: Generally, the baking time should be 2-3 hours; however, there is no harm in baking the meringues for longer if needed.
Q: How long will the meringues keep?
A: These meringues can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.