Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Meringues

Meringues are pretty much a health food.

Can we please agree on this?

No?

Well…they are better than a triple-chocolate-caramel-oreo-cookie-dough-brownie-milkshake, right?

I think they are the perfect treat. Not too heavy, just a touch of sweetness to satisfy that craving. And they are perfect for the holidays for that very reason! The perfect bite after a heavy meal.

meringues

These meringues combine one of my favorite ingredients, vanilla beans, with spicy cinnamon. Again–in my own humble opinion, perfect for the holidays!

 

Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Meringues

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Meringues with a hint of cinnamon and flecks of real vanilla bean.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (I used a Mexican vanilla bean)
  • large pinch of salt
  • large pinch of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Combine egg whites, sugar and vanilla bean seeds in a heat-proof bowl (I used the metal bowl of my stand mixer). Set bowl over a pot of simmering water and stir until sugar dissolves and mixture is warm (not hot), about three minutes. Add salt, cream of tartar and cinnamon.
  2. Beat with a mixer on medium-high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form and meringue is mostly cool. This will take 5-7 minutes depending on your mixer.
  3. Fill a pastry bag (fitted with your tip of choice--or you can just cut the end off after filling) with the meringue. Pipe meringues into circular shapes about 1 3/4- to 2-inches in diameter on 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  4. Bake the meringues until crisp on the outside and still slightly soft on the inside, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

meringues

Verdict: These are so delicious. The vanilla and cinnamon are subtle yet very much there. I think this is such a classy holiday dessert. Pretty and light!
Husband’s take: Loved these! He’s really not all that picky.
Changes I would make: None
Difficulty: Easy

Now…I’m off to go create that triple-chocolate-caramel-oreo-cookie-dough-brownie-milkshake.

   
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37 comments

  1. Gorgeous! My meringues always turn brown on me so I am always impressed when someone makes beautiful ones.

  2. I love little meringue cookies like this and I really like your additions of vanilla and cinnamon – so festive!

  3. These are just beautiful, Rachel!!!

  4. Meringues are definitley a health food! 😉 This is such a great version. I love the combo of the vanilla anad cinnamon.

  5. Yup, totally healthy. That last shot is ultra gorgeous!

  6. I’m generally not a huge fan of meringues, but these look just so dang delicious and pretty and festive that I can’t help but want to try them. 🙂

  7. What a gorgeous and delicious looking meringue!!! Great job!

  8. would you believe i’ve never made meringues? these look amazing 🙂

  9. These are so cute! I’ve never actually eaten meringues! WHAT is wrong with me???

    I hope you’re doing well!! xo

  10. yum! not only do they sound delish, but they’re so pretty!

  11. Love these. The flavor sounds delicious this time of year, and you are right – they are almost health food 🙂

  12. These look so perfect. I love the little flecks of vanilla bean…that is my favorite!

  13. Sou brasileira, moro em Macapá – Amapá, região Norte do Brasil e estou encantada com o seu blog. Amo as suas fotos e principalmente, suas receitas. Esses merengues parecem divinos! Vou tentar chegar à sua perfeição.
    Um abraço!!
    Noemia Lázari.

  14. Ooh, I loooove meringues but haven’t made them in probably a year. Why not? I have no idea, but I must change that ASAP. I will now be googling/pinning meringue recipes for the next hour, thanks to you! =P

  15. Yep, meringues are totally health food! I love the pretty specks from the vanilla beans 🙂 These sound great!

  16. I’m loving this combination! I’ve made lemon meringues before that were pretty tasty, but the vanilla bean and cinnamon definitely make these 11/10!

  17. Two of my fave flavors in life are – cinnamon & vanilla! These are right up my alley!

  18. Can we talk about how pretty these are?! Omg, SO pretty! Love these!!!

  19. Beautiful! Absolutely stunning! I love anything involving vanilla bean, and I’m there with ‘ya — egg whites = health food; meringue = egg whites; so obviously meringues = health food. Duh! 🙂

  20. ok umm… meringues are a health food in my world. AND they are actually one of my favorite cookies. I love who they melt in your mouth! And a vanilla bean variety… sign me up. Rachel, these look SO SO SO good. love the little black vanilla speckles 🙂

  21. These look perfect! I tried to make meringues once and they did not turn out! I love the vanilla and cinnamon in these!

  22. These are so pretty !

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  23. I’ve only ever had meringues from the grocery store and never tried making them as I didn’t really like what I tried. Well this was my first meringue recipe I’ve made and I’m hooked! I love the cinnamon flavour. They turned out so well! I did end up leaving out the cream of tartar though (I’m in Eastern Europe and its not easy to come by) but it still ended up being nice and fluffy and flavourful. Thanks for sharing! I will be making this again.

  24. Dear Rachel ,

    Thank you so very much!! You are a GEM… I cooked these tonight and OMG my better half thinks i am a queen. He always wanted me to cook these but i have been to scared … These were so yum and wonderful.

    xxx

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  27. Your meringues are so swirly and smooth. And yes, totally healthy;) Eggs whites are good for you!

  28. Can I make these two days ahead of time??

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