St Patrick’s Day Meringue Cookies

Easy, 4 ingredient low fat meringue cookies! Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with these green medallion meringues with gold sprinkles. An easy, light spring dessert.

Green food…sometimes kids are turned off by it, but these easy, fun cookies might just win them over. After all…they have sprinkles! Finish off your corned beef dinner with this easy treat.

A close up of green meringue cookies

I’m not the best at making seasonal or holiday themed foods. When the kids were younger I would have some success, but lately….not so much. Every now and then you’ll find me dreaming up a holiday recipe though…and the family always loves it when I do!

Green Meringue Cookies

Although you can make these cookies any flavor or color you’d like, we decided to make these green for St. Patrick’s Day. Use gold sprinkles before baking for a fun look!

Is meringue low fat?

These cookies are low in fat because they only have egg whites. They do have sugar, but are one of the better cookies you can eat if you’re watching calories and fat intake. Meringue cookies are also gluten free!

How to Make Meringue Cookies

Meringue cookies are one of the easiest types of cookies to make.

*Pro Tip: When making meringue, you have to make sure your bowl, beaters and any spoons that you use are grease free and moisture free. Don’t leave any drops of water in the bowl. This could ruin your meringue!*

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Yes, you need to do this so the cookies don’t stick!
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

    egg whites in a mixing bowl

  • Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites on medium speed and mix for 2 minutes. Make sure there is not one bit of yolk in your egg whites (again…no grease or fats in your egg whites at all!). If there is any yolk at all, your meringue will not turn out.
  • Add lemon juice and gradually increase the speed to high.
  • As you beat the egg mixture, slowly add your 1 cup of sugar, about 1 heaping tablespoon at a time.
  • Once mixture forms stiff peaks, add one small drop of green gel food coloring. Fold the coloring in gently and do not overmix.

    green meringue in a mixing bowl

Piping Meringue Cookies

We used a Wilton size #12 piping tip. You can use one with ridges to make a ruffled look if you’d like! If you’re looking for a great starter tip set, we like this one.

  • Using a piping bag, pipe a dollop of meringue onto your lined baking sheet, about 1.5 inches in diameter.

    drops of green meringue cookies

  • Garnish top portion of each “medallion” with green sprinkles.
  • Bake for two hours. Once they’ve been in the oven for two hours, turn off the heat and let sit in the oven for 35-45 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

green meringue cookies on a sheet

Why are my meringue cookies chewy?

Too much moisture can make your meringue cookies chewy. This is why it is important to leave them in the oven after baking. Meringue pulls moisture from the air, so anything from a humid day to a pot of boiling water could cause the cookies to be chewy.

Why are my meringue cookies sticky?

The cookies should not be coming out of the oven sticky, so if they feel sticky, leave them in the oven on a low temperature for a bit longer. You can even leave them in the oven overnight!

How long do meringue cookies last?

Store meringues in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

green meringue cookies on a sheet

Can you refrigerate meringue cookies?

There is much debate on whether you can refrigerate meringue cookies. I found this article very interesting (I’m a food science nerd, for sure!). Refrigerators are generally a humid area, so we prefer to store meringues at room temperature.

Can you freeze meringue cookies?

Yes! Store the meringues in an airtight container with parchment paper between any layers. They key to freezing meringues is in how you defrost them. Normally with cookies we recommend leaving them in their freezer container until they are completely thawed, then opening them. For meringues, however, you don’t want them to absorb any extra moisture.

Remove them from the freezer, then place the cookies on a wire rack to defrost uncovered.

Christmas Meringue Cookies

We made these for St. Patrick’s Day but you could easy use red sprinkles for Christmas!

Other St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

closeup of St Patrick's Day Meringue Cookies with gold sprinkles
closeup of St Patrick's Day Meringue Cookies with gold sprinkles

St. Patrick's Day Meringue Cookies

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Easy, 4 ingredient low fat meringue cookies! Celebrate St Patrick's Day with these green medallion meringues with gold sprinkles. An easy, light spring dessert.
Servings 40
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Rest Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 4 large egg whites (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • Green gel food coloring
  • Golden sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites on medium speed and mix for 2 minutes.
  • Add lemon juice and gradually increase the speed to high.
  • As you beat the egg mixture, slowly add your 1 cup of sugar.
  • Once mixture forms stiff peaks, add one small drop of green gel food coloring.
  • Using a piping bag, pipe a dollop of meringue onto your lined baking sheet, about 1.5 inches in diameter.
  • Garnish top portion of each “medallion” with green sprinkles.
  • Bake for two hours. Once they've been in the oven for two hours, turn off the heat and let sit in the oven for 35-45 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. 

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe making 40 cookies, with 1 serving being 1 cookie. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 5mg | Sugar: 5g
Author Julie Clark
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 21
Keyword egg white cookies, low fat cookies, spring cookies

A close up of green meringue cookies

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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