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The Best Peppermint Meringue Cookie Recipe

Peppermint Meringue Cookies

The best Peppermint Meringue Cookie Recipe – super quick and easy to make, these yummy cookies are great for Christmas time! The crushed candy canes and chocolate add the perfect touch to these festive treats.

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Inspired by this Christmas tree meringue recipe, these cookies are sure to become a favorite! Delicious peppermint meringues, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes.

Peppermint Meringue Cookies

Why use meringue?

Meringue is super easy to prepare and bake and is simple to add extract and color to. As a busy mom, I like to find quick recipes like this during the crazy holiday season.

This holiday cookie recipe is so much fun for kids of all ages to make and take to holiday parties or events. These candy cane cookies look amazing on a holiday cookie plate.

I love, love, love how pretty these meringue cookies turned out, perfect for peppermint lovers! They would be fun to pack up individually, wrap with a bit of baker’s twine and gift to friends and family.

Peppermint Meringue Cookies

How to make Peppermint Meringue Cookies:

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Ingredients:

  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • ¾ cup superfine sugar
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt
  • red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or melting wafers
  • 1/4 cup crushed candy canes

Tip: blend regular white sugar in a food processor to create superfine sugar for this recipe if needed.

Easy Meringue Grinch Pop Ingredients

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

3. Place egg whites and salt into a stand mixer with whisk attachment (or electric mixer and mixing bowl) and mix at medium speed until soft peaks form.

4. Add cream of tartar and mix at medium-high speed. 

5. Beat in sugar, 1 tbsp at a time. Tip: this step is very important, do not add all the sugar at one  time, add it in slowly. 

6. Add in peppermint extract and mix.

The meringue will start to become stiff with peaks. To check if it is ready, roll a pinch of the meringue mixture between your thumb and finger and feel for any gritty sugar. If there is any present, continue to beat the meringue until it is gone and stiff peaks form.

Easy Meringue Grinch Pop Process

7. Add several drops of red food coloring until you reach the desired peppermint-like color.

Peppermint Meringue Cookies

8. Prep a large piping bag by snipping the end and inserting a large star tip. Fold the pastry bag over and place inside of a glass or jar. Fill the bag with the pink meringue.

Tip: I like to use a 1M piping tip to get the best shape.

9. Squeeze out any air bubbles and twist the top of the bag.

Peppermint Meringue Cookie Process

10. Hold the pastry bag straight up and down and on the prepared baking sheets, pipe out about 1 Tbsp of meringue, gently pulling away when you have reached your desired height and size. 

Meringue tip:

Meringues don’t spread however, you don’t want to place them too close as they need proper air flow during baking and dry time.

11. Bake for 1 hour and let stand as the oven cools to dry 2 hours or over night. Alternatively you can move the festive cookies to wire racks or large cookie sheets to speed up the cooling process.

Peppermint Meringue Cookie Process

12. For decorating, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or a small bowl in the microwave. Dip each meringue half way into the chocolate and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Peppermint Meringue Cookie Process

13. Finally, sprinkle crushed peppermint candy canes onto each cookie.

Peppermint Meringue Cookie Process

14. Place the peppermint flavor meringues into the fridge to allow the chocolate to completley harden before serving.

These will keep for a few days and are pretty good frozen. Store them in a non humid area as they will absorb the moisture and be less crisp…but still a delicious treat!

Peppermint Meringue Cookies

How to store these meringue treats:

Store these sweet treats in a large freezer bag or airtight container for a week or in the freezer for up to three months. They are a fun addition to a holiday cookie exchange!

Peppermint Meringue Cookies

How darling are these peppermint meringue cookies?! They are fairly easy to make into sugar free cookies too. Just follow my keto meringue recipe and dip them in dark chocolate instead.

Peppermint Meringue Cookies

You could totally have fun experimenting with melted chocolate red stripes, white chocolate, peppermint candies and all sorts of festive holiday add-ons!

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Some of my kitchen essentials:

Peppermint Meringue Cookies

These easy meringue cookies are perfect for this time of year! They are the perfect treat for your next holiday party or event.

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Peppermint Meringue Cookies

Peppermint Meringue Cookie Recipe

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

The best Peppermint Meringue Cookie Recipe - super quick and easy to make, these cookies are great for Christmas time! The crushed candy canes add the perfect touch to these festive treats.

Ingredients

  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • ¾ cup superfine sugar
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt
  • red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or melting wafers
  • 1/4 cup crushed candy canes

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

3. Place egg whites and salt in the stand mixer and mix at medium speed until frothy.

4. Add cream of tartar and mix at medium high speed. 

5. Beat in sugar, 1 tbsp at a time. Tip: this step is very important, do not add all the sugar at one  time, add it in slowly. 

6. Add in peppermint extract and mix.

The meringue will start to become stiff with peaks. To check if it is ready, roll a pinch of the meringue mixture between your thumb and finger and feel for any gritty sugar. If there is any present, continue to beat the meringue until it is gone and stiff peaks form.

7. Add several drops of red food coloring until you reach the desired peppermint-like color.

8. Prep a large piping bag by snipping the end and inserting a large star tip. Fold the pastry bag over and place inside of a glass or jar. Fill the bag with the pink meringue.

Tip: I like to use a 1M piping tip to get the best shape.

9. Squeeze out any air bubbles and twist the top of the bag.

10. Hold the pastry bag straight up and down on the pastry sheet, pipe out about 2 Tbsp of meringue, gently pulling away when you have reached your desired height and size. 

Meringue tip:

Meringues don't spread however, you don't want to place them too close as they need proper air flow during baking and dry time.

11. Bake for 1 hour and let stand as the oven cools to dry 2 hours or over night. Alternatively you can move the festive cookies to wire racks to cool.

12. For decorating melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Dip each meringue half way into the chocolate and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

13. Finally, sprinkle crushed candy cane onto each cookie.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 59Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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