Meringues

Meringues are a light and crunchy naturally gluten-free dessert that melt in your mouth. Better yet? Mine are made with only two ingredients –egg whites and maple syrup.

Meringue cookies are fun, yet elegant, pleasing both young and old; my children and their friends devour them. So does my husband. We’ll be serving my quick and easy Meringues at our Passover Seder, along with my egg-free Macaroons, in order to give everyone with food restrictions loads of options.

If you’re not Jewish, these meringues are also a wonderfully springy, light, and festive Easter dessert.

Meringues

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Servings 50 meringues

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a medium pot combine egg whites and maple syrup
  • Turn flame on stove to lowest setting possible
  • Using a hand blender with whisk attachment, whisk meringues in pot on stove
  • Whisk 4-5 minutes total, until stiff glossy peaks form
  • Fit a pastry bag with a ⅜-inch round tip (ateco #804) and fill bag with meringue
  • Pipe meringue kisses 1-inch in diameter onto parchment paper lined baking sheets
  • Bake at 200°F for 2 hours
  • Allow to cool for 1 hour
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 4 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 14 mins
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This meringue cookie recipe is based on the meringue frosting recipe in my first book, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.

If you don’t want to be fussy and mess with a pastry bag you can drop this meringue mixture one large spoonful at a time onto a parchment lined baking sheet. One of the best things about these delicious, melt-in-your mouth meringues is that you don’t need to own a stand mixer to make them, you can make them like I did with a cheap hand mixer using the whisk attachment.

Another note on these gluten-free meringues –I tried making them with honey and they had an overly sweet cloying taste, my entire family preferred the ones I made with maple syrup, in fact, the boys would not eat the meringues made with honey.

If you’re wondering what to do with all those extra egg whites when you make my Chocolate Pots de Creme, use this Meringue recipe. According to Martha Stewart, meringues can be made 5 days ahead and stored in a cool, dry place at room temperature.

Comments

110 responses to “Meringues”

  1. Do you think that using honey instead of maple syrup would work? I’d love to make these but forgot I ran out of maple syrup!!!!!

    • I tried this recipe with honey once… they seemed to cook much faster for some reason (maybe honey has a lower burning point?), and they were much more chewy (got stuck in my teeth :/). Maple syrup definitely works much better!

    • I made these with honey, they turned out nicely and were a huge hit with my daughters class. Honey does caramelize at a lower temperature though, so I had to turn down the temp (170 F which is as low as my oven will go) and kept them in for 3 hours rather than 2. I also let them cool inside the oven because we have a lot of humidity here which will make them sticky.

        • You’re welcome. I’m very glad I found this page. My daughter’s teacher ended up asking me for the recipe, she was so delighted to finally have a treat EVERYONE in her class could enjoy since there’s a few kids with a lot of allergies and intolerances. (luckily no egg allergies. lol.)

          • Jennifer, thanks for another wonderful comment! I’m so happy that I was part of your daughter’s class’ festivities via this recipe that everyone could enjoy. You made my day :-)

  2. I’ve always loved meringues that were chewy instead of crunchy— does anyone know how to make them come out chewy?

    • In THEORY, according to my experience making pavlova over the years with varying ratios marshmallow/meringue, I suggest for a 2 egg recipe: 1 to 2 teaspoons of white vinegar whipped in at the end, and slightly less cooking time, should produce something closer to a meringue encrusted marshmallow.

      I’m new to making meringues and not tried this.

    • Alla, there can be a number of reasons that egg whites don’t whip to stiff peaks. Sometimes it’s due to a trace of grease in the pan, or on the beater. Or it could be due to egg yolks contaminating the whites. Or it could be a very humid day that requires additional time whisking the whites. I hope these tips help you in your future egg whisking endeavors :-)

  3. damnit…just realised as the meringues were staring to colour very strongly after only 20 mins that the oven temp must be in Fahrenheit and in Australia we use Celsius. Hopefully they won’t taste too burnt.

  4. Hi can’t wait to make these. I was wandering if you were to make a few larger meringues rather than 50 small ones would you amend the cooking temp/time. I’ll try it out and post results.

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