Candy Cane Meringue Cookies

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Crunchy and sweet with the perfect balance of chocolate and peppermint, candy cane meringue cookies are the best cookie to make your holiday season more festive and sweet.

Crunchy and sweet with the perfect balance of chocolate and peppermint, candy cane meringue cookies are the best cookie to make your holiday season more festive and sweet.

Candy Cane Meringue Cookies

The holidays are the best time to try your hand at some more creative and out there baking projects. And these cute and crunchy candy cane meringue cookies should bump up to the top of your baking to-do list. They are so fun and whimsical, and remind me of a sweet treat you’d see in one of those holiday cartoon movies like Rudolph or the original Grinch.

They’re like little snow drops of sweetness, peppermint, and a hint of chocolate. If you’re a mint and chocolate kind of person like I am, you have GOT to try these. They’re easy to make, but a bit time-consuming because they bake for an hour and then cool in the turned-off oven for one to two hours. That slow cooling period is super important for meringue cookies to allow them not to crack. Luckily, since it’s all hands-off time, you can be doing other things while you wait for them! I can’t wait for you to bake and bite into these all holiday season long!

Crunchy and sweet with the perfect balance of chocolate and peppermint, candy cane meringue cookies are the best cookie to make your holiday season more festive and sweet.

How long do meringue cookies last?

Meringue cookies will last for up to two weeks stored in an airtight container after they’ve completely cooled!

Can I put meringue cookies in the refrigerator?

You can store them in the fridge, as long as they are kept in an airtight container. The way to keep them nice and crispy is not allowing any humidity to hit them.

Crunchy and sweet with the perfect balance of chocolate and peppermint, candy cane meringue cookies are the best cookie to make your holiday season more festive and sweet.

Can you freeze meringue cookies?

Yes, you can freeze meringue cookies, but when you defrost them, be careful that they don’t absorb any moisture and soften the meringue. Layer them in an airtight container between parchment papers, and freeze for up to a month.

Why are my meringue cookies chewy?

Sugar actually pulls moisture from the air and into the cookies, so leaving the cookies in the oven for at least an hour (or two, if you live in a humid or rainy climate) is important to get them nice an crisp. If they’re still chewy, bake them for another 10 minutes at 225 degrees F.

Why did my meringue cookies crack?

Meringue cookies are very sensitive to the air — both its humidity and temperature — so make sure you leave them in the turned-off oven after baking for at least an hour. They’ll crack if they cool too quickly, so better safe than sorry… The longer time left in the oven, the better!

Crunchy and sweet with the perfect balance of chocolate and peppermint, candy cane meringue cookies are the best cookie to make your holiday season more festive and sweet.

 

 

Crunchy and sweet with the perfect balance of chocolate and peppermint, candy cane meringue cookies are the best cookie to make your holiday season more festive and sweet.

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Crunchy and sweet with the perfect balance of chocolate and peppermint, candy cane meringue cookies are the best cookie to make your holiday season more festive and sweet.

Candy Cane Meringue Cookies


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 2 hour
  • Total Time: 2 .5 hours
  • Yield: 4 dozen cookies 1x

Description

Crunchy and sweet with the perfect balance of chocolate and peppermint, candy cane meringue cookies are the best cookie to make your holiday season more festive and sweet.


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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 23 candy canes or peppermint sticks, finely crushed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F., and adjust two racks so that they are in the upper-middle and lower-middle position.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt, and whisk to combine.
  4. Whip the egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tartar together with an electric mixer on medium-low speed, until the mixture is foamy, about 1 minute.
  5. Increase the mixer speed to medium-high, and whip until the whites are soft and “billowy.”
  6. Gradually, add the sugar mixture while the mixer is running, and whip until the whites are glossy and form stiff peaks, 1 to 3 minutes.
  7. Fold in chocolate chips.
  8. Use a spoon or a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip to make 1 1/4-inch wide meringue kisses on the prepared baking sheets, spaced about an inch apart.
  9. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
  10. Bake the meringue cookies for 1 hour. Turn off the oven, and let the meringues sit in the oven for an additional 1 hour (or 2 hours, if in humid or rainy conditions). Remove the cookies from the oven, and let the cool before serving, about 10 minutes.
  11. Keep meringues crispy by storing extras in an airtight container if you live in a humid area.

Notes

  • Be sure that there is NO egg yolk in your whites — even a little will stop your egg whites from whipping up properly.
  • Along that line, make sure your bowl and mixer are free from grease; this will also cause your egg whites not to whip up correctly (egg whites hate fat).
  • This is a great recipe to have on hand for when you have made something that is egg-yolk heavy, like pudding or creme brûlée.
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: easy cookie recipe, cookies, meringue cookies, gluten free, Christmas cookies

Crunchy and sweet with the perfect balance of chocolate and peppermint, candy cane meringue cookies are the best cookie to make your holiday season more festive and sweet.

Crunchy and sweet with the perfect balance of chocolate and peppermint, candy cane meringue cookies are the best cookie to make your holiday season more festive and sweet.

 

Crunchy and sweet with the perfect balance of chocolate and peppermint, candy cane meringue cookies are the best cookie to make your holiday season more festive and sweet.

Crunchy and sweet with the perfect balance of chocolate and peppermint, candy cane meringue cookies are the best cookie to make your holiday season more festive and sweet.

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This Candy cane meringue cookie recipe are a fun, creative, and cute sweet treat that you’ll love trying this holiday season! Plus you’ll love how easy they are to make and just how crisp and fun they are to eat.

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28 Responses
    1. Melissa

      What, your measuring cup set didn’t come with a 3/5 cup? That’s odd 🙂 I changed it to 3/4 of a cup! Thanks for pointed that out.

  1. suzamcq

    These look great! Any info on how to store them or how long they last (I usually do my Christmas baking well in advance)…thank you!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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