Peppermint Meringue Cookies

My recipe today is a simple but impressive holiday treat of small peppermint kisses made of meringue and crushed peppermint candies.  You can drop them by teaspoonful or use a pastry bag.  Before you make the cookies, check your oven temperature. Put a thermometer in your oven and see how accurate it is.  If your oven is too hot, your meringues will fail.  Bake until the meringues are no longer glossy and feel light and dry when picked up, about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours.


Peppermint Meringue Cookies

A light sweet meringue treat with the flavor and colors of Christmas.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas cookies, holiday treats, meringue, meringue cookies, peppermint meringue cookies
Servings 48 cookies


  • room temperature egg whites from 2 eggs
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 peppermint candy canes crushed


  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C)
  • Line 2 cookie trays with parchment paper
  • Beat egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar to soft peaks in large glass bowl
  • Continue to beat gradually adding sugar until whites form still peaks
  • Drop by spoonfuls one inch apart on prepared cookie sheets
  • Sprinkle crushed peppermint candy over cookies
  • Bake for about 1 1/2 hours until dry but not browned
  • Turn off oven
  • Leave oven door ajar and let cookies cool in oven (about 3 hours)
  • Store in air tight container at room temperature up to 2 days


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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

36 thoughts to “Peppermint Meringue Cookies”

  1. Meringues have always been our youngest sons absolute favourite. I make a pastry at Christmas for mince pies that uses egg yolk so always have a few egg whites spare, your recipe differs just a little from the one I normally use so I’m feeling this will be the year to try something just a little different!

  2. I think I need to make these — and I think I need to make them very soon indeed. I love meringues and don’t feel too guilty eating them and peppermint is the best. Thanks for the recipe, Carol!

  3. These sound amazing! I also know one little girl who would be a massive fan of these… My niece! She loves meringues and candy canes, so I think I’ll have to have a go at making these. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. You always share such wonderfully original recipes – these sound delicious as do many of the other treats that have been shared.

    I hope your Christmas is cosy and peaceful. Take good care.


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