Pecan Meringue Cookies Recipe

These crispy Pecan Meringue Cookies are sweet bites with a crunchy exterior and chewy nutty inside. What a fantastic flavor and texture combination, and a super addition to any party menu.

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This time of the year all sorts of goodies are churned out in our kitchen. There’s Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies, Pecan Sandies, Peanut Brittle and these Pecan Meringue Cookies, just to name a few. To be honest, growing up meringues had not been a favorite of mine, but boy was I surprised when I took the first bite of these meringue cookies.

For starters, before I made these a few years back I had not had a meringue for years. I seem to recall meringues being kinda … well, meh. Ya know, take it or leave it. But these. These meringues are not “meh.” They are anything but. These meringues are fabulous! They have a delicate crunchy shell with a chewy, nutty inside. Such a perfect texture combination! Meringues are now one of my favorite holiday goodies. I think you’ll find them delightful too!

Not to mention, meringues are super duper easy. Four ingredients and about 15 minutes is all that is needed to get these in the oven. Really. I don’t mess with fussy stuff, y’all. So when I say they are easy, believe me. They are easy. And so very worth it! Please note, the meringue cookies shown were made by quickly dropping mounds of meringue, so they’re more rustic, if you will. If you’re desiring a more fancy finished look, the meringue can be transferred to a piping bag, fitted with a large tip and piped to desired shape and size.

These crispy nutty meringue cookies are excellent for parties or packing up to share as edible gifts. Plus, they’re so pretty. I think they would be a great addition to a New Year’s dessert bar. So festive! Just imagine, champagne in one hand, meringue in the other. The perfect way to start the new year, I’d say.

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Pecan Meringue Cookies Recipe

These nutty meringues have crispy exterior with chewy inside. Delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (walnuts or almonds may be substituted)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250-degrees F. Line baking sheet(s) with baking parchment or silicone baking liner.
  2. Beat egg whites until stiff.
  3. Gradually add sugar, while continuing to beat.
  4. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Gently fold in chopped nuts.
  6. Drop 2 teaspoon-sized mounds on lined baking sheets about 1-inch apart.*
  7. Bake at 250-degrees F for 50 minutes.

*If desired, transfer meringue to a piping bag fitted with a large tip and pipe cookies in desired shape and size.

My Aunt Carole’s cookbook, Home for the Holidays.

Originally published December 18, 2014.