Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Meringues

by Rachel Gurk on December 3, 2012 · 35 comments

in Cookies & Bars, Desserts

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.

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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

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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

adapted from Martha Stewart Magazine

http://www.rachelcooks.com/2012/12/03/cinnamon-vanilla-bean-meringues/

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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.

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 amanda @ fake ginger December 3, 2012 at 7:17 am

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

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2 Kathryn December 3, 2012 at 7:17 am

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

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3 Amy Allen Clark December 3, 2012 at 7:43 am

These are just beautiful, Rachel!!!

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4 Blog is the New Black December 3, 2012 at 8:02 am

These look amazing!!!

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5 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme December 3, 2012 at 8:05 am

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

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6 Laurie {Simply Scratch} December 3, 2012 at 9:09 am

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

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7 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough December 3, 2012 at 9:57 am

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. :)

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8 Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos December 3, 2012 at 10:23 am

These look so lovely, Rachel!

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9 Amanda December 3, 2012 at 10:35 am

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

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10 sarah k @ the pajama chef December 3, 2012 at 10:35 am

would you believe i’ve never made meringues? these look amazing :)

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11 Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} December 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

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

I hope you’re doing well!! xo

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12 Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats December 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm

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

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13 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts December 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm

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

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14 Cassie | Bake Your Day December 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm

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

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15 Lázari, Noemia December 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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.

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16 Rachel December 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I had to use google translate ;)–but thank you for your nice comment!

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17 Lázari, Noemia December 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Imagine!! Eu também faço isso… rs. O que seria de nós sem o maravilhoso google translate? rs.

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18 amy @ fearless homemaker December 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm

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

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19 claire @ the realistic nutritionist December 3, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Oh these look so pretty!!

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20 Tracey December 4, 2012 at 9:42 am

Yep, meringues are totally health food! I love the pretty specks from the vanilla beans :) These sound great!

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21 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain December 4, 2012 at 9:43 am

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!

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22 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 4, 2012 at 10:27 am

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

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23 Ashley - Baker by Nature December 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

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

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24 Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) December 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

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! :)

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25 sally @ sallys baking addiction December 6, 2012 at 9:07 pm

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 :)

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26 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. December 8, 2012 at 1:43 am

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

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27 K&B December 14, 2012 at 4:07 am

These are so pretty !

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28 Rachel December 14, 2012 at 8:08 am

Thank you!

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29 Brianna January 7, 2013 at 3:02 pm

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.

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30 Rachel January 7, 2013 at 9:34 pm

So glad you liked them! Thank you for taking the time to let me know.

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31 Lavinia July 26, 2013 at 10:02 am

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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32 Rachel Gurk July 27, 2013 at 8:52 am

Glad you both liked them! Way easier to make than you’d think…aren’t they? Thanks for the comment!

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33 Sarah February 14, 2014 at 9:56 pm

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

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