9 Gorgeous Meringue Recipes That Will Make You Feel Like a Total Baking Goddess

If you ask me, meringues defy all logic. They’re finicky and airy — but however much they look like dollops of whipped cream, let us not forget that they are fluffy egg whites at heart. That’s just plain weird.

Here’s the thing, though: Meringues are also delicious. No two ways about it. Unbaked, a whipped egg white is your go-to topping for cakes and pies. It’s the lift in your soufflé, the rise in your macaron, and sometimes even the oomph in your morning pancakes. Throw a meringue in the oven, and it’s just as wonderful eaten alone, right off the baking tray. So this fall, let’s get to know it better. Choose your method — Swiss, French, or Italian — and then go wild. Bake your egg whites, break them, top them with coconut cream. You’re the master, after all, of your own meringue.

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The Master Recipe

First, let’s tackle the basics. A traditional meringue calls for just three ingredients: Egg whites, sugar, and either cream of tartar or vinegar to stabilize it. Half Baked Harvest has your master plan. Now, the real fun can begin...

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Mini Chocolate Mousse Cakes

Once you’ve got your meringue down, it’s time to spread it over everything in sight, starting with these mini mousse cakes from Half Baked Harvest.

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S'mores Cupcakes

These Pastry Affair cupcakes take inspiration from the classic s’more — with meringue doubling as marshmallow fluff.

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Lime Meringue Tartlets

You can’t talk meringue without talking about citrusy pies — and Hummingbird High has just the thing. These adorable tartlets feature a bold lime curd rather than the traditional lemon.

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Orange Blossom Meringues

Now that we’ve frosted everything, let’s bake those meringues. Hummingbird High adds a few drops of orange blossom water and a dark chocolate swirl to spice things up.

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Peppermint Meringues

Come winter, these are going to be your favorite edible gift. Joy the Baker slips a little peppermint extract into her egg whites and finishes off the meringues with a stripe of red food coloring.

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Marzipan Meringues

Take your meringue to the next level with a few marzipan hearts, à la My Name Is Yeh.

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Pavlova

Named after ballerina Anna Pavlova, this Australian classic is baked at low temperatures to create a crisp shell and pillowy interior. Our friends at Honestly Yum top theirs off with blackberries.

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Eton Mess

We’re not kidding when we call this dessert a mess. It’s essentially a meringue that’s been baked, broken, and finished with fruit and cream. Not exactly pretty — but it sure is delicious. Thanks, My Name Is Yeh!

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Meringue Ghosts

Still searching for the perfect Halloween treat? Turn your meringues into adorable ghosts with chocolate chip faces. Pastry Affair has the genius recipe.

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