Peppermint Meringues ❄ The Simple Pleasure of Baking with My Girl

Your holiday baking doesn’t have to be complicated, as this tale of making Peppermint Meringues with my daughter shows. Making meringues is a fun and easy way to spend some time together preparing for the holidays and adding some bling to the dessert trays.

Peppermint Meringues ❘ © 2013

What lovelier way to spend an afternoon

than making Christmas goodies with my girl?

Jenn joined me in the kitchen today

so we could make these


Peppermint Meringues ❘ © 2013

for the dinner she’s hosting Christmas Eve.

An easy treat that’s perfumed my kitchen

with the scent of peppermint

and, best of all,

the treat of visiting with my daughter.

These meringues are festive, cheery, and light as air,

with just the right hint of minty freshness.

Peppermint Meringues
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins

The perfect meringue is crispy on the outside and marshmallowy on the inside. The added freshness of peppermint makes these a special delight.

Category: Dessert
Keyword: peppermint meringues
Author: © Marlene Cornelis/ 2013–2021
  • 2 eggs (or an equivalent amount of packaged egg whites)
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/8 tsp pure peppermint extract
  • Decorative sugar for sprinkling (optional)
How To Make This Recipe
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 225ºF. Line baking trays with parchment paper.

  2. Separate the eggs, reserving the yolks for another use. (See Note.)

  3. Whisk egg whites at high speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and whisk in. Gradually add in the sugar while contuing to whisk. Add the peppermint extract, and continue to beat until the egg whites are glossy and stiff peaks form.

  4. Transfer the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large decorative tip, and pipe mounds that are about 1-1/2 inches in diameter, lifting the bag at the end to form a decorative flourish on top. Adorn with a festive sprinkling of red and green sugar if desired.

  5. Bake in the middle rack of the oven for about an hour and a quarter. The meringues will be light and sound hollow when you tap them. Let cool on a rack and store in an airtight container. Jenn says not to worry about leftovers — they'll go fast!

Recipe Notes

For four different methods to separate eggs, see this post. Choose the one that’s easiest for you so you can separate those whites and yolks with confidence!

Looking for More Holiday Treats?

Here are a few more fun and festive treats that are must-haves on my Christmas dessert table: Cherry Coconut Bars, Ginger & Sour Cherry Puffs, and Elfin Brownie Bites.

First Published 2013 12 23
Republished 2017 12 11
Republished 2021 12 07


  1. These are perfect for a holiday celebration, Mar, and how special that you and your Daughter could spend time together making them. Spending time with loved ones is what Christmas is all about. 🙂

    • You’re absolutely right, John. Sometimes it’s hard to keep that in mind as we run around looking for last minute wrapping paper, that last gift or two to buy and dash around the market trying to gather all the food needed for Christmas brunch (without a shopping list) … okay, I’m talking about myself, this morning. My afternoon in the kitchen with Jenn yesterday was much nicer!

    • Thanks, Meg. This is the perfect baking and visiting project. The meringues take about 15 minutes to put together, then need 75 minutes or so in the oven, so there’s lots of time for some holiday R&R in there 😊

  2. How lovely to have a day in the kitchen with your daughter. Mine has zero interest. I love meringues and I love how you made these Christmasy with the peppermint essence and the gorgeous sprinkles xx

    • Give it time! I suspect my daughter is quite a bit older than yours 😊. Although my other daughter has always been more interested in cooking – they all have different interests! That said, these meringues might be a good project to entice your daughter into the kitchen – they’re fun and easy, look pretty and taste good. Quite the combo!

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