Get into the festive spirit with our delightful Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies recipe. These adorable treats are as charming as they are delicious, making them a perfect addition to your holiday celebrations. Light and airy meringue is piped into whimsical Christmas tree shapes, creating a delightful and eye-catching dessert. Decorate them with colorful edible decorations or edible glitter to make each tree sparkle with holiday cheer.
Why You Will Love Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies Recipe
- These cookies are a fun project to make with friends and family.
- They bring a touch of magic to your holiday gatherings.
- Whether you serve them as a sweet centerpiece or wrap them as edible gifts, they add a sprinkle of joy to your seasonal festivities.
- Kids can help design the Christmas trees and feel included!
- You can decorate them in many different ways, try this Chocolate Ganache For Cake Drip for example
Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies Baking Tips
It’s very important not to get any egg yolk in the egg white. That’s because the proteins can interfere with the whipping process! Crack the egg over a bowl and gently move the yolk back and forth from the shells until all the white is in the bowl. If your yolk breaks during this process just toss it and start over because once it breaks it will penetrate the egg whites.
Set your eggs on the counter an hour before starting. That’s because your meringue will develop way better if the eggs are at room temperature. Chilled eggs do not whip the same way and you will lose volume and texture.
One more very important tip for making this Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies recipe is to use egg whites from real eggs. If you buy a carton of egg whites and try to make meringue it really won’t work. That’s because the pasteurization process of carton egg whites changes the chemical composition of the eggs and renders them unable to whip into meringue the way freshly cracked eggs do. More meringue tips to help you get the perfect peak!
- Egg white – from freshly cracked eggs NOT a carton
- granulated sugar
- cream of tartar – helps meringue hold its peaks and shape
- green food color – optional for making green trees. You could leave them white and color them later with green icing
- Pretzel sticks – I used these to make the stump of the trees, the contrast of the crunchy salty pretzel with the sugary sweet meringue is a lovely combination
No egg whites should not be cold for meringue cookies! For optimal results you should wait until your eggs are at room temperature to crack them open and separate the whites.
It’s essential to have the egg whites at room temperature because they will whip up better and create a more stable meringue. Cold egg whites can take longer to whip and may not achieve the desired volume and stability.
Meringue Christmas Tree
- drop star frosting tip
- Frosting bag
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- 4 Egg White from eggs not the carton
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ tbsp cream of tartar
- green food color
- Pretzel sticks optional
- Add the room temperature egg whites to your bowl and start to mix at high speed
- When the egg whites start to froth up pour in the sugar + cream of tartar
- Scrape the sugar down from the sides, add some green food color, and whip a few more minutes
- Fit a large frosting bag with a 1M drop star frosting tip and fill it with the meringue
- Line a sheet pan with parchment paper
- Pip the meringue into the shapes of Christmas trees and put a pretzel stuck at the base for the tree stump.
- Bake at 200 degrees for 1-2 hours depending on how big you make them – check on them after 1 hour
- They should be hard like stale bread
- Let them rest in the oven before touching them
- Decorate then however you’d like! They are very sweet so in my opinion they’re best with nuts, seeds, or tart dried fruit
More Christmas Treats To Cook
- Easy Homemade Christmas Cake Recipe & Decoration
- Snowman Meringue Cookies
- Andes Peppermint Crunch Cookie Recipe
- Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting Recipe Without Fluff
- No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Graham Cracker Crust
- Butterfinger Candy Rudolph Reindeers With Pretzels
- Upside Down Apple Cheesecake Dump Cake
How to store Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies
Allow the meringue cookies to cool completely at room temperature before attempting to store them in an airtight container. You can also layer them between sheets of parchment paper to prevent sticking. It is important to avoid moisture and store at room temperature. Eat them with in a day or two for best results.