Mardi Gras Meringues

Celebrate the season of Mardi Gras with these festive Mardi Gras Meringues. With a crisp outer shell and slightly chewy center, these delicate cookies will melt in your mouth.  Decorated with swirls of the Mardi Gras colors, these simple treats will bring a bit of the Fat Tuesday fun into your own home.

Six green, yellow, and purple Mardi Gras Meringues plated on a gold napkin on a metal tray with a gold Mardi Gras mask

I’m truly a New Orleans girl at heart.

You can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl.

I’ve mentioned before how much I loved growing up in New Orleans.  There isn’t a city quite like it at all.

Mardi Gras

Right now, New Orleans is gearing up for their biggest party of the year, Mardi Gras.  There are parades every weekend, Mardi Gras balls in the evenings, lots and lots of King Cakes and parties galore.  How I miss it.

Six green, yellow, and purple Mardi Gras Meringues plated on a gold napkin on a metal tray with a gold Mardi Gras mask

I haven’t been back for Mardi Gras in quite a few years.   It’s hard now that I live in Texas.  Our kids still have school on Mardi Gras, a fact that took them a while to understand.  

So, even though I’m not there, I still try to bring a little of the Mardi Gras festivities into my own home.

Six green, yellow, and purple Mardi Gras Meringues plated on a gold napkin on a metal tray with a gold Mardi Gras mask and scattered meringues

I make King Cakes every year and send them to my older children who are now living all over the country.  I send a few with my husband to bring to his office, I give some to friends who live close by and of course, we keep at least one for ourselves.

The Colors Of Mardi Gras 

This year, in addition the the King Cakes, I made these pretty little meringues decorated in the colors of the Mardi Gras season; purple, green and gold.  I really do love how pretty they turned out.

An overhead view of Six green, yellow, and purple Mardi Gras Meringues plated on a gold napkin on a metal tray with a gold Mardi Gras mask

The colors of Mardi Gras were chosen by the king of the Krewe of Rex (one of the oldest Mardi Gras krewes).  

The color purple represents justice, green represents faith and gold represents power.

When I made these meringues, I had intended to make them a solid color of each of the Mardi Gras colors but I really liked the swirl so much better.

Six green, yellow, and purple Mardi Gras Meringues plated on a gold napkin on a metal tray with a gold Mardi Gras mask

What Are Meringues?

Meringues are light as air, melt-in-your-mouth “cookies” and they couldn’t be easier to make.  They’re made with egg whites and sugar which makes them so light and airy.  Cream of tartar is added to stabilize the egg whites and allow them to maintain their texture when whipped into stiff peaks.

A perfect meringue should have a crisp exterior and a delicate, slightly chewy center and once you know how easy they can be made, you’ll want to make them often.

One of the things I love about meringues is that you can leave them “plain”, you can flavor them simply with a hint of vanilla as I did in this recipe, you can bake them with bits of chocolate folded in or you can add a different flavoring instead of the vanilla, like almond extract or lemon.

Ingredients In Meringues

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • egg whites
  • cream of tartar
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • food coloring

Tips For Making Perfect Meringue Cookies

I have a few meringue baking tips to share with you to help your meringue cookies come out perfect every time…

  •  Be careful not to leave any of the egg yolk with the egg white. This will interfere with the egg whites foaming.
  •  If your egg whites have been kept in the refrigerator, bring them to room temperature.  Warmer eggs whip faster than cold eggs
  •  Use glass, copper or stainless steel bowls when making meringues. Plastic bowls can sometimes harbor traces of grease which will prevent the egg whites from getting stiff.
  •  Use super-fine sugar when making meringues because it dissolves faster than regular sugar and gradually add the sugar, a tiny bit at a time while beating continuously.
  •  Try not to over-whip the egg whites. The meringue should be shiny and glossy so stop whipping when stiff peaks form.
  •  If possible, try to avoid making meringues on humid or rainy days. This could affect how the meringue cookies turn out. If necessary, you might need to increase the baking time.

These Mardi Gras Meringues are made with 2 egg whites. If you only have 1 egg white, you might like to make a small batch of meringues.

Enjoy! 

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Mardi Gras Meringues Recipe

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Mardi Gras Meringues

Celebrate the season of Mardi Gras with these festive Mardi Gras Meringues. With a crisp outer shell and slightly chewy center, these delicate cookies melt in your mouth. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
0 mins
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 cookies
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Purple, green and yellow food coloring

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and beat until fluffy.
  • Add the sugar very slowly, about 1 tablespoon at a time while still beating.
  • Add the vanilla extract and continue beating until the meringue is shiny.
  • Evenly divide the meringue into 3 medium-sized bowls. Add 2-3 drops of purple food coloring to one bowl, 2-3 drops of green coloring to the second bowl and 2-3 drops of yellow coloring to the third bowl. Take a toothpick or the tip of a sharp knife and gently swirl the color into the meringue. It is very important that you DO NOT STIR.
  • Meringues may be dropped by the tablespoonful onto the parchment paper lined baking sheets, or piped onto the sheets using a pastry bag, leaving a 1-inch space between each cookie.
  • Place baking sheets in the preheated oven and turn the oven off.
  • Leave the cookies undisturbed in the oven for at least 2 hours.

Notes

Cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week.

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33 thoughts on “Mardi Gras Meringues”

  1. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze

    I need to go to Mardi Gras. I’ve never even been to New Orleans. I know I am missing out big time. These meringues look so cute and yummy. I’ve never made meringues because they scare me. I need to try these soon though.

    1. I used to feel the same way about meringues, Cyndi. You’ll be so surprised by how easy they are to make – seriously easy. Hope you try them soon, you’ll love them!

  2. Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    I wish that we were going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year! I’ve been twice and loved it! Gotta make these soon!

    1. I wish I could go this year too. It’s been about 4 years since we’ve been back for Mardi Gras – too long 🙂

  3. Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

    These are beautiful and I LOVE Mardi Gras! New Orleans is one of my favorite cities; it’s actually where my husband and I took our honeymoon. I’ve always wanted to go for Mardi Gras! I’ll have to make these and pretend I’m there. 😉

    1. What a great city for a honeymoon! I hope you get the chance to make it back for Mardi Gras, Ashlyn. It’s so awesome!

  4. Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella)

    How fun! I’ve never been to New Orleans, but New Orleans at Mardi Gras sounds like an awesome place to be. And the meringues look great!

  5. Those are so cute! I don’t know if I’ve ever actually eaten a meringue before, let alone made one!

  6. Love how simple this recipe is, love meringues. Always looking for a new way to spin an old favorite. Might just have to throw together a Mardi Gras party! 🙂

  7. Jennifer A Stewart

    Meringues are so much fun and what a great sweet treat to have out for a Mardi Gras party! Great fun for the kids in my son’s class to learn about Mardi Gras too!

  8. allie @ Through Her Looking Glass

    These are so festive and I love the color palette here! Beautiful meringues, Joanie. I still haven’t made it to New Orleans yet but it’s on my bucket list and every time you mention it I am reminded that I must visit!!!

  9. LOVE!! I’ve never made meringue before, but I’m definitely willing to give it a try. I’ll have to use your recipe when i do!

  10. 5 stars
    OMG – these look so pretty n colorful. I can so see myself stuffing my face with them 😉 and what an easy recipe too!

  11. These are so beautiful and festive! For some reason I can never get meringues to turn out, they are my culinary nemesis 🙂 , but yours look perfect!

    1. Thank you so much, Sara. We’ve all got our recipes that give us fits 🙂 I’ve found that for my meringues to turn out perfect, there has to be absolutely no humidity in the air (which can sometimes be difficult living in southeast Texas). Also, there can’t be any egg yolk in the egg whites or the meringues won’t foam and whip properly. I hope you give them a try again, they’re lovely to serve and so delicious too.

  12. Kiano | Culinary Inspiration

    Love a simple Mardi Gras recipe. All the traditional dishes are so labor intensive. Very festive!

  13. I was JUST in New Orleans two weeks ago – although we were shy of Mardi Gras, the city was already starting to ‘get dressed up’ for the event… I should also mention we got caught in a David Bowie Tribute Parade! What an amazing city to visit. SO much to experience… I miss it already! Your meringues look so amazing! and I love the colours that you incorporated! I agree the swirl makes an awesome tough rather then solid colours!

    1. Kaitie, I saw pictures of the David Bowie parade, that was so awesome. New Orleans doesn’t need a special occasion to throw a party or parade, it’s such a special place.

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