Small Batch Meringue Cookies

This wonderful meringue cookies recipe will yield 5-6 melt in your mouth meringues. It’s the perfect cookie recipe to use when you have one egg white. Crispy on the outside and wonderfully chewy in the center, these meringues are irresistible!

A plate with three meringue cookies next to a jar of milk and eggs.

This meringue cookies recipe is the perfect cookie recipe to use when you have one egg white leftover from a recipe.

When developing single serving and small batch desserts, one egg yolk is often all I use. This leaves me with egg whites that need to be used.

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What Are Meringue Cookies?

Meringue cookies are fluffy pillows of sweetness. They’re melt-in-your-mouth cookies made from whipped egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar.

Meringues have a delicately crisp exterior and a soft, slightly chewy center and they are amazingly delicious!

A plate of three meringues on a tray next to a cup of coffee and a small pitcher of cream.

Tips For Making Perfect Meringue Cookies

I have a few meringue baking tips to share with you to help your meringues come out perfect every time…

  •  Be careful not to leave any of the egg yolk with the egg white. This will interfere with the egg whites foaming.
  •  If your egg whites have been kept in the refrigerator, bring them to room temperature.  Warmer eggs whip faster than cold eggs
  •  Use glass, copper or stainless steel bowls when making meringues. Plastic bowls can sometimes harbor traces of grease which will prevent the egg whites from getting stiff.
  •  Use super-fine sugar when making meringues because it dissolves faster than regular sugar and gradually add the sugar, a tiny bit at a time while beating continuously.
  •  Try not to over-whip the egg whites. The meringue should be shiny and glossy so stop whipping when stiff peaks form.
  •  If possible, try to avoid making meringues on humid or rainy days. This could affect how the meringue cookies turn out. If necessary, you might need to increase the baking time.

Favorite Meringue Recipes

A few of my favorite meringue recipes include these festive Mardi Gras Meringues, Lemon Drop Meringues and the lovely Berry Topped Mini Pavlovas.

These are larger batch recipes. The meringues require two egg whites and the pavlova requires six egg whites.

Three Different types of meringue cookies: yellow, green, and purple mardi gras meringues, lemon meringues, and a pavlova topped with strawberries, kiwi and blueberries |

To make the meringues shown in the pictures, I used a stainless pastry “bag” but you could also use two spoons to scoop the meringue onto a baking sheet.

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A closeup of a meringue cookie on a tray.

Other Small Batch Cookie Recipes

If you like this small batch meringues recipe, you might also like to try these small batch cookie recipes:

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Small Batch Meringue Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Resting time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: cookies
Servings: 6 cookies
Calories: 46kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 egg white (from 1 large egg)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a mini baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg white until foamy.
  • Add the cream of tartar and beat until fluffy.
  • Add the sugar very slowly, about 1 tablespoon at a time while still beating.
  • Add the vanilla extract and continue beating until the meringue is shiny.
  • Meringues may be dropped by the tablespoonful onto the lined baking sheets or piped onto the sheets using a pastry bag, leaving a 1-inch space between each cookie.
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and turn the oven off.
  • Leave the cookies undisturbed in the oven for 2 hours.
  • Remove from the oven to cool.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 28mg | Sugar: 11g
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29 thoughts on “Small Batch Meringue Cookies”

  1. 5 stars
    I have never had meringue and I have always wanted to try it however I didn’t want to waste incase I didn’t like it. So this recipe is a big help because its not a huge amount. Also the meringue tastes amazing. I added extra ingredients like other flavours but without is just as great!

    1. 5 stars
      I made this recipe a few days after I made your single serve deep dish chocolate chip cookie. Meringues are one of my faves. I cooked mine on a pampered chef pan I think next time I’ll use a metal pan because they seem to be a little softer than average in the middle so maybe that’s why
      Very good though despite that choice that I made in pan use

      1. Hi Renee,
        I’m so glad you enjoyed the cookies. The meringues could be softer due to humidity. I find that on rainy or humid days, my meringues don’t firm up as well. On days like this, you can increase the baking time and let the cookies dry out more before eating them.

  2. 5 stars
    I love meringue cookies and yours look beautiful! Great tips on how to make them as it is sometimes difficult to get that nice crispy exterior (especially here in Florida).

  3. 5 stars
    I LOVE meringues, but my hubby is definitely not a fan. I’ve been doing a ton of things with yolks lately, and using the white for macarons – but I may switch it up for a batch of these instead!

  4. Molly | Miss Molly Moon

    Meringues are one of my favorite sweet treats, but my husband is not a fan. This little small batch recipe is perfect for me!

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