Meringue Recipe

This meringue recipe makes me happy. Seriously. It also brings back so many memories of watching my Mama and Grandmothers making meringue to top their pies or chocolate pudding. I love that.

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A smooth, glossy fluff of meringue on top a dessert immediately grabs my attention. I can’t wait to dig into a scoop of banana pudding or a favorite pie just for the feel of the airy topping melting in my mouth just as soon as it touches it.

But you know, meringue is really one of the easiest things in the world to make if you just know a few tricks when preparing.

Meringue Recipe Tips

1.  Separate your eggs while they are cold and then allow them to come to room temperature for the fluffiest meringue.

2. Always make sure the bowl you are using to make your meringue is scrupulously clean. Wash it and then wash it again just to be certain if you have to.

3. Take care not to over whip your meringue. It should have a smooth and glossy look.

4. Use cream of tartar to help stabilize the meringue to hold its form.

5. Place meringue about 4 inches under the heat and bake for about 10 minutes, just until the peaks have turned golden brown.

 Here’s my family’s meringue recipe. I think you’ll love it.

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An easy Meringue Recipe filled with tips for that perfect, fluffy, meringue to top all sorts of pie recipes, puddings, and other treats. Get this perfect meringue recipe you are sure to love.
  • 4 large egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Remove eggs from the refrigerator and separate, as they will separate best cold.
  2. Allow egg whites to reach room temperature to allow them to whip to their fullest.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Pour eggs whites into a spotlessly-clean bowl.
  5. Whip the egg whites until they are glossy and smooth, then add the cream of tartar to help the egg whites hold their form.
  6. Slowly add the sugar to the egg whites and then add vanilla.
  7. Spread meringue on top of pre-baked or no-bake dessert, place about 4 inches under the heat and bake for about 10 minutes, until golden.

Robyn xo


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    Mary says

    Hey Robyn! That is one good looking picture!!! Makes me want to get up (6:30 am), and go bake a pie! lol!! Love a good meringue pie or topping on banana pudding! Saw a recipe for meringue cake that looked delish! Thanks for the recipe for meringue, now I’ll have to use it!!!!!!

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    Amber says

    Thanks for the meringue tips! I’ve never made meringue but I’ve always wanted to try. I’m just wondering when you say “place about 4 inches under the heat and bake for about 10 minutes, until golden.” what temperature should the oven be on? Thanks!

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      Robyn says

      Thanks, Amber. I can’t wait to hear what recipe you make with meringue. The oven should be at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Thanks!

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    I love Lemon Meringue Pie! I’ve only made it once a couple years back and was incredibly intimidated by the meringue part. It actually turned out alright aside from being a little watery on top and between the meringue and lemon. This post has get me thinking I need to give it another go soon! Thanks for the tips.

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    In the country where I was born, meringues are one of the most popular desserts. Even thought that meringues look like small fluffy cookies and not like cake, the recipe is almost the same! You get 5 stars from me for this one. :)

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    Jesslie says

    Meringue is really one of the best desserts and sweets I can have in my whole life…Anyway, thank you for the mouth-watering meringues here…

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    Lynette W. says

    Hey Robyn,

    Great looking meringue! How did you make it look so high and tall on top of your dish, and how did you make it look all wavy? Thanks so much for sharing your recipe and tips!

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    Richard says

    Hi Robin, my meringue does not peak. I followed the receipe exactly :( Could it be the larger granular of sugar found here in the UAE?

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    Dee says

    I love Lemon Meringue Pie, to date have not been lucky with the meringue.Your recipe looks so simple. I am definitely going to try it. THANKS

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    Bonita Duran says

    I have used this recipe for years but I find that if weather conditions are not right that the meringue doesn’t turn out so good. My grandmother always said if it is raining that the meringue will weep. What suggestions do you have to prevent this from happening?

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      Your grandmother sounds very much like mine. I wanted to make a pie with meringue yesterday but held off until today because of the weather. If I learn any tricks, I’ll be sure to share them with you but as of now, I just stick to grandmother’s advice.

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    Kathy Roberts says

    This is the recipe that I use, except, I add 1/2 small jar of Marshmallow Creme……OMG, It is wonderful and really high.


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