Perfect Vanilla Meringue: Light, Fluffy, and Versatile

Master the art of making Perfect Vanilla Meringue with this simple yet versatile recipe. Meringues are a delightful treat known for their light, airy texture and subtle sweetness. This recipe guides you through creating flawless meringue, perfect for topping pies, making cookies, or as a light dessert on its own. The key to success lies in the technique of gradually adding sugar to whipped egg whites, ensuring a glossy and stable mixture. Infused with vanilla, these meringues offer a delicate flavor that can be enjoyed in various culinary creations. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned baker, this recipe is sure to help you whip up beautiful meringues every time.


  • 4 large egg whites (120g)
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar (100g)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste


  1. Preparation: Separate eggs while cold to prevent yolk contamination. Use a clean, dry mixing bowl, preferably glass or stainless steel.
  2. Whipping Egg Whites: Whip egg whites and cream of tartar on low speed, gradually increasing to medium-high until frothy.
  3. Adding Sugar: Gradually add sugar, one tablespoon at a time, continuing to whip and counting to 10 between each addition.
  4. Vanilla Flavor: Add vanilla extract or paste. Whip to the desired consistency.
  5. Baking (if making meringue cookies): Preheat the oven to 200°F (95°C). Pipe or spoon meringue onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 1-1.5 hours until dry and crisp. Cool in the oven.

Recipe Notes:

  • Use a glass or stainless steel bowl to ensure no residual fats interfere with whipping.
  • Start at low speed and gradually increase to prevent overbeating.
  • For a variation, add different flavor extracts or food coloring.
  • Use a pastry bag for precise shapes if desired.
  • Store meringues in an airtight container at room temperature.

Enjoy your Perfect Vanilla Meringue as a delightful treat on its own or as an elegant addition to your favorite desserts. Don’t forget to visit our site for more tips and recipes for perfecting your baking skills!

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