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Easy Peppermint Meringue Cookies

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If there was ever a cookie that could make just about everyone happy, it’s these easy Christmas Peppermint Meringues. Their light, airy texture and bright mint flavor are a wonderful contrast to other rich holiday goodies.

Plus, they’re flourless and gluten-free, and if you use the low-carb option, even those on keto can enjoy them.

Tips to Make Peppermint Meringue Cookies

Here are a few tips for those not familiar with making meringue. If you’re a pro at whipping egg whites and baking meringues, scroll down to the recipe.

Hand-Whisking Will Not Work

Whipping egg whites for meringues is very difficult to do by hand. You’ll want a stand-mixer or, at the very least, an electric beater with a whisk attachment. But trying to do it by hand will wear you out, and it’s just not worth it.

Degrease Your Equipment

Grease keeps egg whites from reaching stiff peaks. So, wipe the mixing bowl and beater attachment with vinegar to eliminate every trace of grease, then let them air dry. No rinsing.

Be Careful Separating Eggs

Since egg yolks contain fat, even a drop will have the same effect as grease. Separate them however you’re used to. I do it with a slotted spoon. You can also just buy a carton of egg whites.

Use Room-Temperature Egg Whites

You need to use room-temperature egg whites, so let them sit on a counter for 30 minutes. If you’re in a hurry, you can pour the egg whites into a small bowl and set that into a larger bowl of lukewarm (not hot) water for 5 minutes.

Know What Stiff Peaks Look Like

What soft peak egg whites and stiff peak egg whites look like
Examples of beaten egg whites (left), soft peak egg whites (Center) and stiff peak egg whites (right)

When you’re making a meringue, the egg whites must reach the stiff-peak stage, or they will collapse in the oven. Stiff peaks don’t dribble off the beater, and they don’t collapse on themselves when you lift the whisk. It can take 10 minutes to reach stiff peak consistency, so be patient.

Peppermint Meringues

Easy Peppermint Meringue Cookies

Peppermint Meringue Cookies are the perfect low-carb, low-calorie, fat-free addition to your Christmas cookie platter.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Resting time in oven: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 20kcal
Author: Katie Berry
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, Christmas cookie, cookies, gluten-free, healthy, holiday cookie, holidays, low-calorie, low-carb, low-fat

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer or electric beater
  • 2 Baking sheets
  • Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
  • Icing bag with star tip (optional)

Ingredients 

  • 4 egg whites, room temperature or 1/2 cup pasteurized egg whites from a carton
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup white sugar To use stevia, Splenda, monkfruit, or erythritol, reduce to 1/2 cup or your results may be overly sweet and grainy
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons crushed candy canes for garnish
  • white vinegar to wipe mixing equipment

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 225°F/107°C. Arrange two baking racks in the center of the oven. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Degrease your mixer and bowl. (See notes.)
  • Whisk the egg whites on medium speed until frothy. Add cream of tartar and continue to whisk until soft peaks form.
  • Increase the speed to medium-high and add the sugar one tablespoon at a time. Continue beating until you reach the stiff peak stage.
  • Add peppermint extract and beat for 2 more seconds.
  • To make the cookies, plop even spoonfuls onto the baking sheet 1 inch apart. Or, gently scoop the meringue into a frosting bag fitted with a star tip and pipe them onto the sheet. Sprinkle with crushed candies if using. (See notes.)
  • Bake both sheets at the same time for 90 minutes then turn the oven off. Do NOT open the oven door. Let the meringue cookies stay in the oven for at least one hour, up to overnight, until completely cooled.

Notes

Nutrition Information: The nutrition information above relects the original recipe, including white sugar. If you use an alternative, zero-calorie and zero-carb sweetener, each cookie will contain 4 calories, 1 gram carb, and 1 gram protein.
Degrease your equipment before you start: Wipe the stand mixer’s bowl and whisk with a towel lightly dampened in white vinegar to ensure they’re completely grease-free. Let them air dry.
Important note on alternative sweeteners: To keep baked recipes low-carb, low-calorie, keto-friendly, or suitable for those with diabetes, you can use alternative sweeteners like stevia, Splenda, monk fruit, Swerve, or erythritol. When doing so, reduce the amount of sweetener by half, using no more than 1/2 cup, or your result may be overly sweet and have a grainy consistency.
Store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks. To freeze, place sheets of parchment paper between layers of cookies. Remove from the container to defrost and transfer them to a rack, making sure they don’t touch, so they don’t get soggy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 9mg | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
Did you try this?Leave a comment and tell me how it went!

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Well written recipe! I came here for advice after running into trouble with another recipe. When/how do you use the crushed candies? After the merengues are dry, I don’t think the crushed mints will stick.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Sarah,
      Thank you for catching that. I moved it from discussion in the blog post to include it in the recipe instead. Enjoy!

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