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Peppermint Meringue Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine Cookies
Keyword meringue, peppermint
Author TheSpicedLife


  • 2/3 cup (4.625 oz) sugar
  • 1/4 t fine sea salt
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/8 t cream of tartar
  • 1/4-1/3 t pure peppermint extract
  • several drops of red food coloring optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 F. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.
  2. In a clean, dry bowl place the egg whites with the cream of tartar. Using a whip attachment, beat at medium high speed with a stand mixer or high speed with a hand mixer until the egg whites are creamy white and hold a soft peak. Add the peppermint--start with 1/4 teaspoon, but if it does not seem very minty add a drizzle more. Continue to beat, adding a little sugar at a time, until you've used all the sugar. This should take 1 1/2 - 2 minutes, until the whites are very stiff.
  3. Sprinkle the 1/4 teaspoon salt over the stiff egg whites. Gently fold the salt into the egg whites.
  4. Fill a pastry bag with the batter--every dollop or 2, add a few drops of the food coloring. Do not mix it or otherwise purposefully disturb it--the act of piping it will cause the swirls. Pipe approximately 2 inch cookies onto a parchment or silicone lined cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for about 2 hours, rotating the pans front to back and top to bottom halfway through. Remove a test cookie and let it cool completely--warm meringue cookies are apparently always soft. You are testing for crispiness. At such a low temperature, the remaining cookies will not burn while they wait for your test. If the cookie is not completely crisp (it should not be chewy or stick in your teeth at all), continue baking and test at 15-20 minute intervals (note that if it is extremely humid, it may take quite a bit longer--I finally left mine in the oven overnight).
  6. When the cookies are crisp, turn the heat off and let them cool in the oven. If you have a new oven, like me, it may take forever for them to cool; I took them out after about 1 1/2 hours, when the pans were still warm and let them cool on my counter.
  7. Cool completely before storing but do store in an airtight container immediately after cooling. I won't claim they store indefinitely (Medrich says several weeks) but they definitely store well.