Authentic French Meringues

December 7, 2020  |  By Peg Kern
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Eggs and whisk for a dessert class in FranceThere are three different types of meringues: Italian, Swiss and French! Italian and Swiss meringues are cooked. French meringues are baked. This easy and authentic French meringue recipe was originally featured as our Recipe of the Month for January, 2009, and will sure be a hit for your next social gathering, or with the family! And yes, they really have only two ingredients, so you can make them any time as long as you leave enough time for the long baking process.

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Authentic French Meringues

Serves: 12 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 180 minutes
Cook method: Bake


  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

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Whipped egg whites during a cooking classInstructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment.

2. In a glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites until foamy using an electric mixer. Sprinkle in sugar a little at a time, while continuing to whip at medium speed. When the mixture becomes stiff and shiny like satin, stop mixing, and transfer the mixture to a large pastry bag. Pipe the meringue out onto the prepared baking sheet using a large round tip or star tip.

3. Place the meringues in the oven and place a wooden spoon handle in the door to keep it from closing all the way. Bake for three hours, or until the meringues are dry, and can easily be removed from the pan. Allow cookies to cool completely before storing in an airtight container at room temperature.

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