Meringue can be flavored in many different ways, but one of the most popular flavors is peppermint. This Peppermint Meringue is made by adding peppermint extract to the whipped egg whites and sugar. The resulting dessert has a refreshing mint flavor that is perfect for wintertime.
If you’re tired of eating the same desserts every single year, then it’s time to make these Peppermint Meringues Cookies. They are so easy to make and your whole family will go wild for them each and every time. Cookies are a fun holiday treat but these meringue cookies just melt right in your mouth, it’s such a refreshing holiday treat.
Peppermint Meringue Kisses: Ingredients & Utensils
This is literally the quickest ingredients list ever! Check out these simple ingredients.
- Eggs whites: You are going to need 3 egg whites at room temperature to make the meringue.
- Cream of tartar: This is also an important ingredient when making the meringue.
- Peppermint extract: The holiday flavored meringue kisses is going to come from the peppermint extract.
- Salt: A little salt goes a long way in this recipe.
- Granulated sugar: You can’t make a sweet treat without a little bit of sugar.
- Red paste food coloring: It’s best to get the no taste option food paste.
- Chocolate for dipping – These peppermint meringue kisses look awesome when dipped in chocolate!
- Sprinkles: The sprinkles are going to make decorating these kisses a lot of fun!
What are my sprinkle options for these Peppermint Meringue Kisses?
The Sweets & Treats Shop has a ton of amazing sprinkle options for this dessert. We have Candy Cane Sprinkles, Forest Frost Sprinkles, Jingle Jangle Sprinkles, the Ninny Muggins Mix, and our favorite the Christmas Mix of Sprinkles. So, yes, there are PLENTY of options for sprinkles on the meringue cookies.
Keep scrolling to get the 411 on how to make these amazing meringues.
Peppermint Meringue Cookies Variations
- Use a different flavoring. Besides peppermint extract, other great flavors that go well with meringue include almond and lemon.
- Try different shapes. Rather than making traditional meringue cookies, try making swirls or stars with the meringue mixture before baking.
- Other flavor ideas: orange and honey, mixed berry, lemon curd and blueberry, chocolate chips, or vanilla and strawberry.
Peppermint Meringue Cookies : FAQs
What is the best way to store these cookies?
Meringue cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for several days. For longer-term storage, you can freeze them in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag for up to 3 months.
Why do meringue cookies sometimes crack when they are baked?
There are a few different reasons why meringue cookies can crack. One potential cause is overmixing the egg whites, which can cause the proteins in the eggs to break down and weaken.
Another possible reason is baking at too high of a temperature or for too long, which can cause the egg whites to over-dry.
If you want to prevent cracking, it’s important to always use fully room-temperature eggs and avoid overmixing, while baking at a lower temperature for a shorter amount of time.
How do you know when meringue cookies are done baking?
One way to check for doneness is to look at the color of the meringues. When they are done, they should be a light golden brown color and feel dry and crispy on the outside.
Another method of checking for doneness is to use an instant-read thermometer; when the temperature inside the cookies reaches 175-180 degrees F, they are ready to remove from the oven.
Finally, you can check for doneness by gently tapping on one of the cookies – if it feels firm and no longer jiggly, it’s done baking.
Ready to try our Baked Meringue recipe?
There is no doubt that you’ll enjoy making these Peppermint Meringues. They are probably one of the most simple desserts we have on the blog. If you decide to make these meringue kisses, let us know in the comment section. We can’t wait to hear what you think. Make sure you check out all of our Christmas recipes!
More tasty peppermint recipes to try…
- Candy Cane Pie Recipe
- Easy Peppermint Fudge Recipe – No Bake & 2 Ingredients!
- Peppermint Whoopie Pies
- Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes Recipe + Peppermint Frosting
- Tree Brownies
- Vanilla Fudge Recipe
- 3 eggs whites, room temperature
- ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- Red paste food coloring, no taste is best
- Chocolate for dipping
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl of a stand mixer or large bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar, extract and salt on medium speed until soft peaks form.
- Gradually add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed until stiff peaks form.
- Using a brush, add stripes to the inside of a plastic decorator bag fitted with a large star or round tip.
- Fill bag with meringue.
- Pipe cookies onto prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 90 minutes or until cookies are set.
- Turn oven off and leave oven door slightly open for 60 minutes.
- Remove from oven.
- Let cool completely before decorating.
- Melt 4 squares of chocolate almond bark in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute, stir and continue heating for 20-30 seconds at a time until the chocolate is almost completely melted, remove and stir until chocolate is smooth.
- Dip each peppermint meringue cookie into the melted chocolate and immediately add sprinkles.
- Place on baking sheet and allow 10-15 minutes for chocolate to harden.
- Store in airtight container in a single layer.