Shimmering Meringue Trees

Use a soft, clean paintbrush to gently apply metallic luster dust to the meringues. Or add color to your trees with your favorite sprinkles before baking.

Shimmering Meringue Trees
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
16 cookies


  • 3 egg whites

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 16 purchased thin gingersnap cookies

  • Green luster dust


  1. Let egg whites stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 250°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl combine egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tartar. Beat with a mixer on medium until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight) and sugar is fully dissolved.

  2. Carefully transfer meringue to a pastry bag fitted with a large closed star tip. Place gingersnap cookies 1 to 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Pipe a star on a cookie, then pipe two more stars on top to create tree shape. Repeat on remaining cookies.

  3. Bake 35 minutes or until meringue appears dry and is firm when lightly touched. (Do not let meringue brown.) Turn oven off; let trees dry in oven with the door closed 1 hour. Remove; cool on a wire rack. Brush trees with green luster dust. Makes 16 trees.


Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Closed star piping tips

We had the best success with a Wilton 2D piping tip. We also tried a Wilton 2E tip but found that the 2D tip has a few less slits and they are a bit more spaced out allowing for a bit more definition when piping the meringue into a tree shape.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

82 Calories
1g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 82
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Sodium 49mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 42mg 1%
Folate, total 6.3mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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