Homemade Meringues



There’s no place you can buy anything close to these sensational homemade meringues and they are incredibly easy (and cheap) to make. But you must have an electric mixer, preferably a stand mixer, or even a hand-held. I dare you to try and eat just one. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Makes: 20 to 24



  • 2 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 200° F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Beat the egg whites on medium speed until foamy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add cream of tartar and beat another 3 minutes.
  5. Slowly add the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, then beat for 5 minutes or until very stiff and glossy.
  6. Add vanilla and beat one more minute.
  7. Using 2 spoons, shape into mounds onto the parchment paper.
  8. Bake for one hour.
  9. Turn the oven off and leave the meringues in the closed oven for another hour.

Do not refrigerate. They will keep for months in a closed container.


36 Comments on "Meringues"

  1. joycea112

    I love your site! I am so impressed with the simplicity with which you explain and list all the steps to make all your delicious recipes! LOVE IT!!

  2. linda johnston

    I love your recipes, they are great

  3. Ginny

    Jenny, I was wondering about humidity, it is usually over 60% humidity here, do have a suggestion on the target humidity? Mine always come out too chewy. Thank you in advance!


  4. Keagan

    What should I do if they won’t stand up into small mounds, they run into one another and just flatten like a goo??????

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Follow the recipe exactly and do not put the mounds on a warm pan.

  5. Janet Flier

    Jenny, Can you estimate how many calories are in a small meringue? Once I start eating these, I can’t stop!!

  6. Ann

    Granulated sugar or Powdered sugar?? You didn’t specify…

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Thanks for asking. It’s granulated and I clarified the recipe.

  7. Linda P.

    Hi Jenny, I am an accomplished cook and baker but I’ve never made meringue. I’m scared of it! LOL! I want to try your recipe. It’s the best explained and makes me feel I can make it!
    I want to double your recipe. Do I just double ALL the ingredients and beating time or is there something else that needs to be done? I will be using the cream of tartar…will that also be doubled using 4 egg whites?
    I know these sound like trivial questions but they’re important to me…like, using 4 egg whites, do you beat 4 minutes instead of 2…and so on throughout the recipe.
    Trust me, I’m not trying to be silly. I just want a doubled recipe to turn out perfectly.
    I love your channel although you haven’t uploaded in a long while, I always seem to find what I’m looking for and I think that’s good planning on your part.
    Thank you,

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I have a feeling that 4 egg whites would be a lot for most mixers and I have never doubled this recipe. Why not try it first as it is because it makes a lot of cookies.

  8. Claire

    These meringues were great! I ate three of them in one minute. Do you have any recommendations if you want them to be strawberry flavored? Thanks!

  9. Claire

    These meringues were great! I ate three of them in one minute. They got sticky after a while. Do you have any ideas why? Thank you for the great recipe!

    • Jenny

      There is much better information on sticky meringues online than I can provide – you can find lots of info with a simple search.

  10. Msrgaret

    Can I sprinkle colored sugar onot top?

  11. Avery Buglione

    Jenny this is surely amazing! Can you put food coloring in the meringues? I want to make them colorful and pop out 😀

  12. john c.

    does meringue have to be baked or can it be used as is
    i want to make a lemon meringue pie using sugar free lemon pudding
    gramm cracker crust.

    • Jenny

      The meringue recipe I use DOES require baking but there is a different kind of meringue that does not need baking. It’s Italian meringue and it’s a bit of work but you can find recipes for it almost anywhere. I don’t make it so I don’t have a recipe. If you don’t want to bake, another idea would be to use whipped cream as a topping. Real whipped cream, made by beating whipping cream with sugar, is delicious and easy to make, and it’s much healthier than cool whip.

  13. Hiza Othman

    Dear Jenny,

    Thank you so much for this recipe… it works just like you said… my daughter love it so much!

  14. RoseAnne

    Shades of my grandmother’s Pavlova! She never wrote down her recipes so thanks kindly for providing this!

  15. Lina

    Dear Jenny, this is the first recipe for meringues I made that worked like an absolute dream! (as have numerous others from your youtube channel/website that I’ve tried – thank you!)

    I’ve been thinking I’d like to use the recipe for making a Pavlova – can you tell me if the cooking – resting time would need to change?


    • Jenny

      I have only made the small cookies so I can’t answer from experience. It’s best if you can look up some pavlova recipes for the baking time and temperature as it may also depend on the size you are making.

  16. Sania

    Are you aloud to put it in a piping bag and then create it?

  17. Vicki W.

    I have made these before and have added 1/2c. Semi-Sweet Mini- Chocolate chips and 1/2 finely chopped pecans.

  18. Razia

    Just made them and they turned out great. However after about half an hour they became very sticky. I saw the comments made and will try to dry them out in the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes as suggested.
    Thanks a bunch Jenny, you are the best!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jenny

      Meringues can become sticky if the weather is humid too.

  19. Sylvia

    Ms. Jenny,
    I am wondering if you can make these meringues with brown sugar. Also, is it possible to make chocolate meringues using this recipe.

    • Jenny

      There are recipes for brown sugar meringues but I have never made them. I think you could use my recipe to make chocolate meringues by adding unsweetened powdered cocoa but I’m not sure exactly how much cocoa you would need – no more than two tablespoons for sure. But then you might need a little more sugar. I always say it’s better to use someone else’s proven recipe than to change mine because I can only guarantee my own recipes as written and this is the only meringue that I make. Good luck!

  20. Erin

    By accident I left them in for 2 hours and in the last 30 minuets or so, I took them out and tried one and it tasted sour. Do you have any idea why this may have happened?

    • Jenny

      That’s a bit of a mystery. If you didn’t use parchment paper, it could be the metal from the pan. Or it could be the cream of tartar – maybe it wasn’t fresh or maybe you used too much. All I can think of is to try again using parchment paper and go easy on the cream of tarter or just eliminate it. It’s only there to stabilize the meringues but if you beat the eggs long and hard enough, you can go without the cream of tartar.

  21. Ellen

    I tried almost 6 times but it turn into a bad meringue.i preheat my oven to 100•c then i cook it for 1hr 30min and i let it stay inside the oven for overnight but when i open it its soft..second attempt it becomes black and third attempt it turn brown and 3rd attempt the white meringue become a little bit brown and a little bit soft..i cook it for 45min at 150•c.. What will i do..im so sad

    • Jenny

      I will try to help. It’s possible your oven is hotter than it reads. It might help to use an oven thermometer to make sure it’s not too high. Now here are some questions:
      1. Are you using a stand mixer or electric hand mixer?
      2. How long are you beating the mixture?
      3. Are you using parchment paper?
      4. What color is your pan?
      5. Is your weather naturally humid?
      6. Did you add cream of tartar?
      7. Is your oven rack in the middle?
      Please respond and I will do my best to help.

  22. patrizia

    Made your meringues, them came out fantastic. I make a batch every Saturday. I have one question. My meringues once they are out of the container for about 5 minutes they get sticky on the top, bad for my grandson he gets all his hands sticky. I live in the northern part of Italy and the weather has been super humid, can that make them sticky?

    • Jenny

      Patrizia, your humidity is definitely the problem. It can be a challenge to make meringues in humid weather. In fact, when it’s raining here, I just avoid making them altogether. But there are a couple of things you could try. One is to increase the cream of tartar to 1/2 teaspoon. Another is to beat them even longer for extremely stiff peaks and make sure you’re not beating them next to a pot of boiling water or moisture from a dishwasher as they will absorb moisture from the air. And finally, you could try leaving them in the closed oven after it’s turned off for a longer time. My recipe says one hour but you could try leaving them in there overnight. Also, when serving, you could dry them out in a 200 degree oven for 10 – 15 minutes. I hope that helps.

  23. Aisha

    I just want 2 thank u 4 da meringue recipe…!!! i loved it!! Im actually just 11 years old…believe it or nt. n i just want 2 make a request if u can show the recipe how to make cotton candy wihtout a machine if that is possible. 🙂 God bless!!

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