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Christmas Meringue Cookies

Hoping to delight the family during the festive season? Then these easy Christmas Meringue Cookies are the perfect sweet treat. Delicious and super easy to make you can’t go wrong. You only need a handful of ingredients for these delicious Christmas Meringue Cookies! Made with French Meringue, they're easy and addictive!

Sweet treats are hugely popular during the festive season and at that time of year. Either to have out as part of a Christmas table served on your holiday cookie plate when enjoying the company of friends and family or to munch on when settling down for a good old festive movie. These easy meringue Christmas trees are perfect for that and even newbie bakers will be able to create them. 

They have a crunchy exterior but are soft inside. Very tasty and look very festive. Using simple ingredients you can create spectacular Christmas cookies. They are perfect just for you or you can make a batch to give as gifts. They look great in a sealed decorated mason jar. 

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Jars of Christmas Meringue Cookies.

♥️ Why You’ll Love These Christmas Meringue Cookies

  • A festive treat. They will look great on your Christmas table. 
  • Easy to make. The cookies look complicated but are super easy to create. 
  • Crowd-pleasers. Everyone will love them. 
  • Kid-friendly. A sweet and delicious treat the kids will love them. 

Ingredients Needed

  • Egg whites, at room temperature
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cream of tartar 
  • Vanilla extract 

Optional

  • Food coloring gels (green food coloring, red food coloring)
  • Decorations
Ingredients needed to make French Meringue Cookies.

Helpful Tools

Stand Mixer fitted with a Whisk Attachment

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Measuring Cups and Spoons

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Parchment Paper

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Baking Sheet

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Piping bag

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Piping tip

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Non-stick spray

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Mason jars or an airtight container for storage

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How To Make Christmas Meringue Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 180F and line your large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spray the parchment paper with nonstick spray.
  3. In a mixing bowl of the stand mixer, add the egg whites and beat until they are light and frothy.
  4. Carefully and slowly add the sugar.
  5. Once you've added about half of the sugar, add in the vanilla extract and the cream of tartart.
  6. Continue to mix and slowly add the rest of the sugar.
  7. Once the mixture starts to form stiff peaks and looks shiny, you can get your piping bag ready.
  8. Add the tip to the bag and scoop the mixture into the bag.
  9. Pipe the meringue on the pan in your desired shape.
  10. Use gel food coloring to add a stripe to the inside of the piping bag if you aren't coloring the whole batch.
  11. Put the pans in the oven and bake for 90 minutes.
  12. Once done, remove from the oven and swap pans if you need to bake more.
  13. Let them rest for 2 hours, or more if you have time.
  14. Store the meringues in bags, or jars, or leave out at room temperature. Enjoy!
In process collage images of how to make French Meringue Christmas Cookies.

Recipe Variations

Want a different flavor? Then why not substitute the vanilla extract for something else? Lemon extract, Almond extract, and peppermint extract all work well and are very delicious. 

Decorate the Christmas Meringue Cookies. These are perfect for decorating. You don't need advanced piping skills and the idea is that they look like Christmas tree meringues so adding sugar balls, Christmas sprinkles, and edible glitter will all work really well. Get creative! The kids will love decorating them. 

Want to make more? Double up the quantities to make more of these cute meringue cookies. These make excellent homemade edible gifts during the festive season. 

Perfect themed cookies. You can use all sorts of food coloring to match a specific color scheme and make these up at different times of the year. Rainbow colors, red for Valentine's day, green for St Patrick's day, the options are endless. 

Close up of a jar full of meringue.

Tips & Tricks

  • The meringues need time to dry out as opposed to baking time. This means you need to ensure the temperature is right so that you don’t have chewy meringue cookies. 
  • The French Meringue Cookies will not (and should not) change colors in the oven. This is because the temperature is lower and they are essentially not being baked fast. 
  • If you don't just want a stripe of color, and instead want to color the whole batch of meringue, you should add color directly to the meringue before its done whipping.
  • If you love meringue, try our Grinch Meringue Pops!

Storage

You can store any leftovers in an airtight container. Make sure they are stored in a place free from humidity otherwise they will go a little soggy. If you have made different flavors of Christmas Meringue cookies then store them separately, otherwise, they will pick up the flavors of the other meringues. They will last around a week. 

You could also freeze these cookies if you wish. Make sure they have time to thaw out before you enjoy them when you take them out of the freezer. 

Jars of Meringue cookies.

FAQ

Why are my meringue cookies chewy?

There are two reasons why your meringue cookies are chewy. You will either have baked your meringues for too long, or the temperature was too high. If you are getting chewy meringue cookies then it will be because of one of those reasons. 

What type of meringue is best for cookies?

The best type of meringue for cookies is the French Meringue. It is an easy meringue recipe and holds well. Perfect for cookies such as this recipe. 

What are the 3 types of meringue?

There are three types of meringues. The French meringue, which is the one we are using in this recipe is the most common and traditional meringue you will see the most.

Swiss meringue is a little denser but glossier than French meringue.

Then the third and final meringue is the Italian meringue is the most stable of meringue but involves heating the sugar so it can be a more complicated meringue process. 

What is the secret to fluffy meringue?

There is no hidden method to creating these delicious Christmas tree meringue cookies but there are a few things that you can do to ensure you get fluffy meringues and it is all to do with the eggs.

Obviously, the main ingredient in a meringue is egg white, but the secret to a fluffy meringue is to use the freshest eggs and to have them at room temperature. 

Close up of jars and a few Christmas themed Meringu Cookies.

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Looking down on French Meringue Red and Green Cookies.

Christmas Meringue Cookies

These little cookie bites made from French Meringue are so easy to make and are the perfect holiday baking treat.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Meringue Cookies, French Meringue Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Rest Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 72 servings
Author: Mason Jar Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 egg whites at room temperature
  • 3 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • teaspoon Cream of tartar pinch
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180F and line your large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Spray the parchment paper with nonstick spray.
  • In a mixing bowl of the stand mixer, add the egg whites and beat until they are light and frothy.
  • Carefully and slowly add the sugar.
  • Once you've added about half of the sugar, add in the vanilla extract and the cream of tartart.
  • Continue to mix and slowly add the rest of the sugar.
  • Once the mixture starts to form stiff peaks and looks shiny, you can get your piping bag ready.
  • Add the tip to the bag and scoop the mixture into the bag.
  • Pipe the meringue on the pan in your desired shape.
  • Use gel food coloring to add a stripe to the inside of the piping bag if you aren't coloring the whole batch.
  • Put the pans in the oven and bake for 90 minutes.
  • Once done, remove from the oven and swap pans if you need to bake more.
  • Let them rest for 2 hours, or more if you have time.
  • Store the meringues in bags, or jars, or leave out at room temperature. Enjoy!

Notes

  • The meringues need time to dry out as opposed to baking time. This means you need to ensure the temperature is right so that you don’t have chewy meringue cookies. 
  • The French Meringue Cookies will not (and should not) change colors in the oven. This is because the temperature is lower and they are essentially not being baked fast. 
  • If you don't just want a stripe of color, and instead want to color the whole batch of meringue, you should add color directly to the meringue before its done whipping.
  • If you love meringue, try our Grinch Meringue Pops!

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Mason Jar Recipe” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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