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Meringue Christmas Trees

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Meringue Christmas Trees

Meringue Christmas Trees are a fun and festive way to celebrate the holidays! These meringue cookies are made from whipped egg whites and sugar and shaped into Christmas trees.

I love meringue trees because they are naturally gluten free and very allergy friendly since they are nut free too. Unfortunately, they are not good if you have an egg allergy.

These Christmas tree meringue cookies are a great way to get your kids involved in baking. They can help form the trees and sprinkle them with Christmas-themed sprinkles.

Meringue Christmas Trees on a stick leaning against a basket.

Not only are these Christmas meringues great for snacking on throughout December but they make a great dessert idea for taking to Christmas parties and also for giving away as homemade gifts.

Tools to use for this recipe

To make meringue Christmas cookies you will need:

Meringue Christmas Tree Ingredients

Use any kind of granulated sugar you want, ie. organic cane sugar, etc. Gel food coloring is preferred because it gives the meringue a great color without adding a lot of liquid.

Ingredients for making Meringue Christmas trees.

How to Make Meringue Christmas Trees

Preheat the oven to 160F. 

Using a stand mixer, add the egg whites to the bowl with cream of tartar.

Egg whites in a bowl with cream of tartar.

Start to beat at a low speed until you see a slight foam appear; about 1 minute.

Ingredients to make Meringue Christmas Trees.

Start adding sugar and vanilla extract. Do this in three parts, 20 seconds apart.

The finished meringue will be dense and fluffy. It will not hang or drip from the whisk. This should only take about 6-7 minutes. 

Ingredients to make Meringue Christmas Trees.

Next, add the green food coloring to the meringue and stir to incorporate. If you want some of the meringue to stay white to use to make imitation white snow on the Christmas trees, make sure to set aside a little white meringue.

Ingredients to make Meringue Christmas Trees.

Transfer the green-colored meringue to a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.

Ingredients to make Meringue Christmas Trees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you want the Christmas trees to be on sticks, apply the meringue in lines and place sticks on top.

Ingredients to make Meringue Christmas Trees.

Hold the piping bag upright and squeeze out the meringue in a zig-zag in the shape of a Christmas tree. To make them the same size as the pictures, make 17 trees about 7-8 centimeters long.

Meringue Christmas Trees. on a baking sheet

Sprinkle the Christmas trees with Christmas sprinkles and put the baking sheet in the oven. Don’t open the door for the first hour. 

Meringue Christmas Trees on a baking sheet.

If you want the Christmas trees to remain soft inside, remove the meringue after 1 hour and 30 minutes (total). For dry meringue, increase the drying time to 2 hours (total).

How to store Meringue Christmas Trees

As soon as the Christmas meringues cool, keep the homemade meringues stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, or in the refrigerator. You can also freeze the meringues for up to 3 months.

Meringue Christmas Trees on a stick in a basket.

Keto Christmas Meringues

You can make this recipe keto by using powdered erythritol. I did not test it, but it should work fine.

Meringue Christmas Trees on a stick.

More gluten free holiday recipes to try

Meringue Christmas Trees on a stick in a basket.

If you love snacks, here are more gluten free desserts and gluten free snacks! Make sure to check out my huge collection of gluten free dinner recipes.

If you loved these meringue Christmas trees, I would be grateful if you could rate the recipe card, share any photos you took on Instagram using #ditchthewheat and tag me in your post or story.

Meringue Christmas Tree Recipe

Yield: 15-17 trees, about 7-8 cm long

Meringue Christmas Trees

Meringue Christmas Trees on a stick leaning against a basket.

Meringue Christmas Trees are a fun and festive way to celebrate the holidays! These meringue cookies are made from whipped egg whites and sugar and shaped into Christmas trees.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
  • Christmas sprinkles
  • green gel food coloring

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 160F. 
    2. Using a stand mixer, add the egg whites to the bowl with cream of tartar and beat at a low speed until you see a slight foam appear; about 1 minute.
    3. Start adding sugar and vanilla extract. Do this in three parts, 20 seconds apart.
    4. The finished meringue will be dense and fluffy. It will not hang or drip from the whisk. This should only take about 6-7 minutes. 
    5. Next, add the green food coloring to the meringue and stir to incorporate. If you want some of the meringue to stay white to use to make imitation white snow on the Christmas trees, make sure to set aside a little white meringue.
    6. Transfer the green-colored meringue to a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.
    7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you want the Christmas trees to be on sticks, apply the meringue in lines and place sticks on top.
    8. Hold the piping bag upright and squeeze out the meringue in a zig-zag in the shape of a Christmas tree. To make them the same size as the pictures, make 17 trees about 7-8 centimeters long.
    9. Sprinkle the Christmas trees with Christmas sprinkles and put the baking sheet in the oven. Don’t open the door for the first hour. 
    10. If you want the Christmas trees to remain soft inside, remove the meringue after 1 hour and 30 minutes (total). For dry meringue, increase the drying time to 2 hours (total).

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

17

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 28Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g

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Carol Lovett is the founder of Ditch the Wheat and a Globe and Mail bestselling author of the cookbook, Ditch the Wheat. She has been eating gluten free since 2010. She loves all things food, natural living, and spiritual. She's also a reiki master and crystal healer.

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