Meringue Swirls



15 min


3 hrs 45 min


40 meringue swirls

Meringue Swirls

Photo, Liam Morgan.

These elegant, low calorie Christmas meringue swirls will make you the toast of the holiday party season. This meringue recipe only needs five ingredients.


  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 4 egg whites , at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract , (optional)
  • food colouring


  • POSITION oven racks in top third and centre of oven. Preheat oven to 200F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Stir sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium-high until soft peaks form when beaters are lifted, about 2 min. Gradually beat in sugar mixture, 2 tbsp at a time, until stiff and glossy peaks form when beaters are lifted, about 3 min. Beat in peppermint extract.
  • FIT a piping bag with a medium star tip. Dip end of a wooden skewer into food colouring and paint 2 thin vertical lines opposite each other inside piping bag. Fill bag with meringue. Pipe 2-in.-wide rosettes about ½ in. high onto parchment, 2 in. apart.
  • BAKE in top third and centre of oven, switching and rotating sheets halfway through, until tops are firm and bottoms are dry, about 2 hours. Turn off heat and let stand in oven for 1 hour more. Transfer to racks to cool completely. Meringues will keep well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. Do not refrigerate or freeze. Baking tip: When working with meringue, pipe and bake immediately. Meringue will lose volume if left too long.


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Nutrition (per cookie)

  • Calories
  • 21,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5 g,
  • Sodium
  • 5 mg.

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