Peppermint Meringues that are Naturally Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free


These peppermint meringues are a naturally dairy-free and gluten-free treat for the holidays. They’re also a great way to use up leftover candy canes once the holidays have passed!

Meringues make a lot with just a little – you really do get 48 cookies with just 2 egg whites! Luckily, the also keep for a while, so you can enjoy these sweet airy bites for many weeks to come. They’re also great for gifting and travel relatively well.

Peppermint Meringues Recipe: Naturally Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free

Special Diet Notes: Peppermint Meringues

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian. If you confuse eggs with dairy, you’re not alone. See this post: Are Eggs Dairy?

Peppermint Meringues
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This recipe is very easy, but it does require some patience! Be sure to let the meringues cool completely in the oven before you reach for one.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Serves: 4 dozen
  • 2 egg whites, brought to room temperature
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 peppermint candy canes, crushed
  1. Preheat your oven to 225º F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. .
  2. Put the egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl, and beat with a mixer until soft peaks form.
  3. Gradually add the sugar, continuing to beat, until stiff peaks form.
  4. Drop the meringue by the spoonful, or pipe it, about 1 inch apart on your prepared baking sheets.
  5. Sprinkle the meringues with the crushed peppermint candy.
  6. Bake for 90 minutes. The meringues should be completely dry on the inside. Do not allow them to brown.
  7. Turn the off oven, keep the oven door ajar, and let the meringues sit in the oven until completely cool.
  8. Store the meringues in a cool dry place for up to 2 months.
This recipe is adapted from Allrecipes.

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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