Peppermint Meringue Cookies are so festive with stripes of red and white blended together. The airy texture and delicious flavor make these cookies a hit with only 5 ingredients.

Peppermint Meringue cookies stacked on a platter.
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This Peppermint Meringue Recipe looks fancy but it is so easy to make. If you are looking for a Christmas Dessert for parties or movie night, this is a great one to try. Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe and White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Recipe also make a great treat for cookie trays with peppermint flavor.

Why this recipe is one our favorite recipes:

  • Budget Friendly. The recipe is inexpensive to make.
  • Minimum Ingredients. It’s so easy with only a handful of ingredients. You only need 5!
  • Sweet and Airy Texture. Each bite is so delicious and perfect for the holidays.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients for recipe - sugar, cream of tartar, peppermint extract, food coloring.
  • Large Egg Whites (room temperature) 
  • Cream of Tartar 
  • Peppermint Extract 
  • Red Gel Food Coloring 

Substitutions and Additions

  • Crushed Candy Canes. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of the cookies before baking.

How to make Peppermint Meringues

Mixing bowl with egg whites and cream of tartar.

Step 1. While the oven is preheating, put the egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of stand mixer, Beat until light and airy.

Mixing bowl with sugar added.

Step 2. Next, increase the mixer to medium high speed and slowly add in the sugar until all the sugar is added.  Turn the speed up to high and beat for 4-5 minutes. The mixture will look like soft peaks and then stiff peaks form. Lower the mixer speed and add the peppermint extract.

Piping bag ready for mixture.

Step 3. Next, fit a piping bag with a small open star tip.  Use a small brush to paint 3-4 stripes of the red food coloring inside the piping bag.  Then fill the piping bag with the meringue. 

Small star shaped cookies on a baking sheet.

Step 4. Pipe small star shaped cookies onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Continue this process until all the meringue is used.  You will need to add the food coloring stripes each time you add more meringue to the piping bag. Bake the cookies until they are crispy.

Peppermint Meringue cookies stacked on a platter.

Tips for Success

  • Allow to cool completely. Let the cookie cool completely on the baking sheets on wire racks and then serve.
  • Use a small paintbrush. This is perfect to paint the food coloring stripes in the piping bag.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to know if the cookies are done?

The cookies should bake until they are crispy but not browned. This takes about 1 hour 45 minutes. 

After you turn off the oven, leave the cookies in the oven for 30 minutes.  Test a cookie and if it’s still chewy in the middle, let them continue to dry out in the oven.  

How long do the cookies last?

These cookies will last for a few weeks when you store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Peppermint Meringues

5 from 2 votes
Peppermint Meringue Cookies are so festive with stripes of red and white blended together. The airy texture and delicious flavor make these cookies a hit with only 5 ingredients.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Turn off the oven but leave the cookies in the oven 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 30
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 22

Ingredients

  • 4 large Egg Whites room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • Red Gel Food Coloring

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place the egg white and cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl.  With an electric mixer, beat on medium speed until the egg whites become frothy (2-3 minutes).
  • Increase the speed to medium high and slowly add in the sugar (1 tablespoon at a time) until all the sugar is added.  Turn the speed up to high and beat for 4-5 minutes until stiff peaks start to form.
  • Turn the speed on the mixer down to a low speed and mix in the peppermint extract.
  • Fit a piping bag with a small open star tip.  Use a small brush to paint 3-4 stripes of the red food coloring inside the piping bag.  Then fill the piping bag with the meringue.
  • Pipe small star shaped cookies onto the baking sheet.
  • Continue this process until all the meringue is used.  Make sure to add the food coloring stripes each time you add more meringue to the piping bag.
  • Bake the cookies until they are crisp but not browned (approximately 1 hour 45 minutes).  Then turn off the oven but leave the cookies in the oven for 30 minutes.  Test a cookie and if it’s still chewy in the middle, let them continue to dry out in the oven.
  • Let the cookie cool completely on the baking sheets on wire racks and then they are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

These cookies will last for a few weeks stored at room temperature in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 22kcal, Carbohydrates 5g, Protein 0.4g, Fat 0.02g, Sodium 7mg, Potassium 11mg, Sugar 5g, Calcium 0.3mg, Iron 0.01mg

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