Meringue Christmas Cookies

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These light and fluffy Meringue Christmas Cookies are perfect for every occasion. Marshmallow-soft with a crispy exterior, these festive holiday cookies are sure to please even your most picky holiday guests.

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Meringue Cookies Around the World

While meringues originated in France, they star in the cuisine of multiple countries. Australia and New Zealand are known for pavlova, a meringue-based dessert topped with fruit. Italian meringues are made with whipped egg whites to make them light and fluffy, while French meringues are baked to be airy and crunchy. Swiss meringues dissolve the sugar into the egg before being whipped and baked, resulting in a denser cookie, while Russian and Hungarian meringues are rich, topped with chocolate, nuts, and buttercream.

Why This Meringue Recipe is a Keeper

These festive Christmas meringue cookies are the perfect treat for a holiday party. We love making meringue cookies. This was my grandma’s recipes that we’ve made for generations. You’ll love this recipe for many reasons:

  • 10 Minute Prep: These festive cookies take only a few minutes to assemble. That’s why I love meringue cookies so much.
  • Easy Ingredients: All of the ingredients can be found in your pantry or fridge.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone in your family is sure to love these sweet, tender cookies!
  • Adaptable: You can flavor these cookies by adding cocoa powder or other ingredients. Make Christmas Tree meringues. No cream of tartar necessary.
  • Gluten Free: These gluten-free cookies are only 23 calories without the chocolate chips for these festive meringue cookie.

If you’re looking for more meringue recipes, try these Valentine Meringue Cookies, Lemon Meringue Poke Cake, and Fresh Strawberry Poke Cake.

What is the Best Way to Store these Meringue Cookies?

A white bowl of the light and airy cookie.

To store your festive meringue Christmas cookies, keep them in an airtight container at room temperature so they stay light and crispy.

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Ingredient Notes for Christmas Baking

eggs and sugar for the cookies.

You likely already have all the ingredients on hand to make these perfect meringue cookies. Here are some of the most useful ones:

  • Eggs: 2 large egg whites. Save the yolks for something else.
  • Sugar: Just enough to sweeten the cookies. 2/3 of a cup. You can use granulated sugar, caster sugar, or superfine sugar.
  • Chocolate Chips: This is optional, but adds a great chocolate flavor to the cookies.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions for Christmas Meringue Cookies

  • Meringue Powder: Don’t want egg whites? Try substituting with meringue powder instead.
  • Shape: You can pipe the cookies into meringue Christmas trees easily. The tree shapes are so festive for the holidays. You can even add some food coloring to make the more like Christmas trees. The trees are adorable!

How to Make Christmas Meringue Cookies

While these easy Christmas meringue cookies need to set for quite a while in the oven, they’re not too hard to prep and well worth the wait! This is my grandma’s recipe and we make these every year.


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These are the basic steps for making meringue Christmas cookies. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Step 1: Prep

First, preheat your oven and grease your cookie sheets, or use parchment paper.

Step 2: Combine until Soft Peaks Form

Make the meringue batter. Beat egg whites with the whisk attachment until foamy and stiff peaks form. Next, add the sugar. Whip one teaspoonful at a time while the stand mixer is running at medium speed. Add salt and vanilla. Gently fold in mini chocolate chips to the mixture.

Step 3: Bake

Drop teaspoon-sized amounts of meringue batter onto the baking sheet, or pipe the meringues onto the cookie tray with a piping bag fitted with a tip. Turn oven off. Leave the meringues in the oven to sit for 4-5 hours or overnight. Transfer the meringue to an airtight container.

Recipe FAQs to Make Meringue

Meringues should be crunchy, light, and fluffy. If your meringue cookies are chewy, they may have been exposed to air for too long.

Of course. You can replace the vanilla extract with almond extract, peppermint extract, or coconut extract.

Add a little food coloring to the meringue mixture. Try red and green food coloring for Christmas, or make pink or blue meringues for baby showers. 

A close look at the meringue.

Expert Tips and Tricks for Making This Recipe

Here are some great tips and tricks to make this Christmas meringue cookie recipe:

  • Dry: Make sure that the bowls and beaters are completely dry! Moisture will ruin this meringue recipe.
  • Tip: Crack each egg in a separate small bowl so that you can remove shells easier, or in case the yolk breaks.
  • Add Lemon: Lemon juice or lemon zest are a great addition to this Christmas cookie recipe in place of the chips.
  • Taste of Home has more tips and hints for these melt in your mouth cookies.
  • Wilton Pastry Bag: Use a pastry bag with a large star tip to make these cookies, about a tablespoon amount.
  • Sprinkles: Add colorful sprinkles or powdered sugar to make a pretty Christmas cookie tray special.
Tempting meringue christmas cookies.
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Meringue Christmas Cookies

Yield: 24 pieces
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes
This meringue Christmas cookies recipe creates a light and fluffy marshmallow like cookie that is also crispy. They are so beautiful and delicate and only have 23 calories each.
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  • 2 Egg whites, beaten until stiff peaks form
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Grease cookie sheets.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  • Add sugar, one teaspoonful at a time, while the mixer is running.
  • Add salt and vanilla.
  • Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets.
  • Turn oven off and place cookies in oven and forget about them for 4-5 hours or overnight.

Expert Tips

  • Add Lemon: Lemon juice or lemon zest are a great addition to this recipe in place of the chips.
  • Dry: Make sure that the bowls and beaters are completely dry! Moisture will ruin these cookies.
  • Tip: Crack each egg in a separate small bowl so that you can remove shells easier or in cse the yolk breaks.
  • Alternate Tool: Instead of a hand mixer, use a stand mixer. It makes the job so much easier.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 4mg | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 0.3mg | Iron: 0.01mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

9 thoughts on “Meringue Christmas Cookies”

  1. 5 stars
    Meringue cookies are so pretty! We dipped half in melted chocolate and I couldn’t decide which way was my favorite. Both were so good!

  2. I make these cookies every year at Passover. They are always a big hit,

    Is there a link to Pinterest to save the recipe?

    • I’m glad you like them. There are several places you can click on my recipe to pin it. One is in the recipe card, right under the image. One is on top of the blog post and another pin button should move with you on the bottom of the screen.


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