Cherry Vanilla Meringues

by Jennifer on April 17, 2013

in Drop Cookies

Cherry Vanilla Meringues by Not Your Momma's Cookie

I suck at math. I have a story to demonstrate.

A couple years ago, I took my mom to Las Vegas as her Christmas present. We ate lots of great food, saw a show, but we were there to do one thing: gamble our little hearts out. 

When my mom and I gamble together, we actually play together, rather than splitting up and losing our money twice as fast. We play mostly slots, with some roulette in there too!

So, mom was playing a Deal or No Deal penny slot machine and got the fun bonus, where you actually pick cases and the machine offers you a certain number of credits to stop, like the banker on the show.

Well, we were done with a turn of picking cases and the machine offered us like 7000 credits. I’m all like, “Mom, that’s only $7 might as well keep going.”

Yes, I said that. And, she kept going. I’d like to think it was the excitement of the moment, but then I would probably be lying to myself.

Imagine my horror when I realize my fatal math error. “Mom, you have to stop – it’s $70, NOT $7!” Luckily, the banker offered us slightly more the next time and we cashed out super fast.

Amazingly, with our super awesome combined math skillz, we ended up leaving Vegas totally even.

In conclusion, 7000 pennies is $70. If the banker offers it to you on a penny machine, take it!

On to meringues…

Have you seen those new frosting starter packets from Duncan Hines?


I found them super intriguing and picked one up. Without the frosting. What was I going to do with it? I had no clue.

Until the sweet Miss Lora from Diary of a Mad Hausfrau used them in meringues – what genius! I had to try it myself. I adapted my meringue recipe (used to make my candy cane meringues) and added a cherry vanilla flavor packet. Not only does it flavor the meringue, it also colored the meringues a very pretty pink!

With all of the flavor packets available, from pink lemonade to cotton candy, the possibilities are endless!

Thanks again Lora for the awesome idea!

Cherry Vanilla Meringues
  • 3 egg whites
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 packet of Duncan Hines Frosting Creations flavoring (Cherry Vanilla, or whatever flavor you prefer!)
  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
  2. Combine egg whites and granulated sugar in a heat proof bowl. If you have a stand mixer, the stainless steel bowl works great and is easily transferable for the next step! Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water, stirring gently until the mixture feels warm and the sugar is completely dissolved. This step will prevent your meringues from getting gritty! Remove from heat.
  3. Add the cream of tartar and flavor packet. Beat the mixture with a whisk attachment or a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  4. Spoon the meringue into a pastry bag and pipe onto parchment lined baking sheets.
  5. Bake meringues for 1 hour, 40 minutes. Turn off oven and leave oven door ajar to allow for slow cooling. Store in an airtight container as soon as they have cooled to keep them crispy.


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1 susie April 17, 2013 at 9:42 am

I have seen those packets and didn’t think twice about them.Great idea, and the color really is pretty! I sold Duncan Hines for Proctor and Gamble many years ago, the cake business has sure changes a lot over the years!


2 Jennifer April 17, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Thanks, Susie!


3 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 17, 2013 at 10:10 am

Gorgeous, and I love the flavor! Great recipe, Jennifer!


4 Jennifer April 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Thanks so much, Georgia! :)


5 Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen April 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

I love the Flavor Packs! They add such wonderful color and flavor to things. I’ve never thought of using them in cookies though- that’s a great idea!


6 Jennifer April 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Thanks, Faith! :)


7 Carrie's Creations April 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

sounds amazing! i too bought a couple of these flavor packets a while back but have yet to use them. i was thinking marshmallows but meringues is a great idea! now i just have to muster up the courage to try to make meringues…


8 Jennifer April 17, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Marshmallows would be an awesome idea too! :) I used to be intimidated by meringues, but they really aren’t so bad!


9 Hani@haniela's April 17, 2013 at 11:18 am

I don’t have to tell you how much I love meringues, these sound delicious!


10 Jennifer April 17, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Thanks, Hani! :)


11 Hani@haniela's April 17, 2013 at 11:22 am

You know I think I need to make some meringue really soon!
Hope you are having a great week.


12 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel April 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Hahahahahaha I totally lol’d at your story because that is SO. ME. I am AAWWWFUL at math and always have been. Only recently did I learn percentages :\ and I remember one time in the seventh grade, my geometry teacher gave me a C- and I CRIED OF JOY. I was so thrilled to be getting a C- rather than an F! So yeah, long story short, I’d be suuuper broke if I went to Vegas.

In other news, these meringues look SO sweet and petite and pretty, Jennifer! I am so stealing your idea of using the flavor packets in them because I am DYING over the prospect of bubblegum meringues!


13 Jennifer May 7, 2013 at 8:30 am

Your cotton candy meringues looked totally perfect! :)


14 Lora April 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm

You’re welcome! Cherry vanilla is a gorgeous flavor for a meringue cookie and your swirls are dreamy and perfect.


15 Jennifer April 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Thanks, Lora :) Your idea was so awesome!


16 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts April 17, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I love meringues – these are such a pretty color!


17 Jennifer April 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Thanks, Erin! :)


18 Laura Dembowski April 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm

These are really interesting with the frosting. I’m terrible at math too! I will have to look for the Deal or No Deal game the next time I am in a casino. It sounds like fun!


19 Jennifer April 17, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Thanks, Laura! :)


20 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me April 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Honest to goodness, are meringues hard? I have a vague memory of baking them once and having them not turn out well. B/c of that maybe-memory, I haven’t made them recently. What do you think? Have you ever goofed up meringues or are they actually pretty easy? Btw, cherry vanilla = my favorite flavor combination! :)


21 Jennifer April 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I used to be scared of meringues too! The only issue I had one time was that they were kind of gritty, but that was before I found the tip about heating the whites and sugar together so the sugar dissolves. Perfect meringues ever since! And they are so gosh darn pretty, I love making them :)


22 Mike @ Semi Sweet April 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm

What a coincidence! I picked up a few packets for a possible cookie idea. I haven’t have time to use them yet, though. I made your candy cane meringues during the holidays and they were a crowd pleaser. I bet this idea would be equally pleasing. :-P

I totally made the same mistake during my first trip to Vegas. The no-decimal point threw me off in the beginning. My favorite penny slot game is Amazing Race. It was all tech’ed out and you could play with 3 other people for bonuses.


23 Jennifer April 17, 2013 at 6:03 pm

I bet the packets would be awesome in cookies too! :)

I’ve never seen an Amazing Race machine! My mom would go crazy – she loves that show :) She and I played one of those group machines on my birthday, it was Sex and the City themed. They had group bonuses and all of that – very fun!


24 Merrilee Frazier April 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm

I use those packets in my own buttercream. 1/2 a pkt. works fine in a 2lbs powdered sugar batch of frosting. I have also used 1/2 pkt in a wasc cake (without the almond ext. of course for cupcakes – they were white chocolate raspberry and very tasty.


25 Jennifer April 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Awesome tips, Merrilee! Thanks :)


26 Courtney @ BakeMeBetter April 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm

They are so pretty!


27 Jennifer April 18, 2013 at 9:16 am

Thanks, Courtney! :)


28 The Bearfoot Baker April 18, 2013 at 9:03 am

Gorgeous photos and the meringues look wonderful!!


29 Jennifer April 18, 2013 at 9:16 am

Thanks so much, Lisa!


30 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings April 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

YUM- what a great flavor!


31 Jennifer April 18, 2013 at 10:52 am

Thanks, Elizabeth!


32 Jocelyn @BruCrew Life April 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I am right there with you on not being good at math…I’m not sure how I handle baking and measurements to be honest :-) And what a fun idea to put the flavor packets in meringues…they are actually on my bucket baking list!!!


33 Jennifer April 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I’m not ashamed to admit that sometimes I’ll bug my husband to help with baking conversions. It’s not that I can’t do it, but he does it much faster in his head ;)


34 Paula April 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I saw Lora post on how she used this icing and loved it. Just like I love the look of your meringues. Great flavour choice!


35 Jennifer April 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Thanks, Paula! It was such a fun idea, I had to give it a try!


36 ashley - baker by nature April 18, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Wow! These are so stinkin’ purdy!!!


37 Jennifer April 19, 2013 at 9:38 am

Thanks, Ashley! :)


38 Sue {munchkin munchies} April 19, 2013 at 3:47 am

Great use of the flavor packet, and with a pretty pink to boot!


39 Jennifer April 19, 2013 at 9:38 am

Thanks so much, Sue! :)


40 Britt April 19, 2013 at 9:37 am

I have a few of these Frosting Creation things…who’da thought?! I would’ve never thought to use them like this. Too clever! Looks so tasty!


41 Jennifer April 19, 2013 at 9:37 am

Thanks, Britt! :)


42 Wendy April 19, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Jennifer, these meringues look perfect. Perfect shape, color, flavor! I haven’t tried the Frosting Creations packets, but have been seeing some great ideas using them. I will have to give these meringues a try!


43 Jennifer April 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Thanks so much, Wendy!


44 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust April 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm

What an awesome way to use those packets! LOVE this!! And your $7 had me cracking up. I love math, but I probably would have done the same thing.


45 Jennifer April 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Thanks, Dorothy! I was kind of embarrassed to tell the Vegas story, but hey, what’s a blog for if you can’t tell mortifying stories about yourself? ;)


46 Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen April 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm

I love the sound of cherry vanilla meringues and they look absolutely gorgeous!


47 Jennifer April 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Thanks so much, Rosie! :)


48 The Partiologist April 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I just love your Vegas story and love thoses meringues! I can relate to your math story – you should have seen me yesterday trying to divide a recipe by thirds! :)


49 Jennifer April 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Haha – dividing is my nemesis! ;)


50 val April 22, 2013 at 6:29 pm

These look so perfect!


51 Jennifer April 22, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Thanks, Val! :)


52 Sweetsugarbelle April 23, 2013 at 2:35 am

Math is for the birds. You can measure that’s what counts! Do ya think you can flavor cookie dough with this stuff?!


53 Jennifer April 23, 2013 at 7:59 am

Yes, totally! I think Mike @ Semi Sweet Designs mentioned that he was going to try them out in cookies :) I bet it would work just like the jello cookies I’ve seen on Pinterest!


54 Elizabeth @ April 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Nice! I’ve never tried those packets myself, but I know people who have added them to hard candy recipes to give them color and flavor and apparently they work great. (which makes sense–they’re just flavoring and powdered coloring, after all.) Glad to know another use for them!


55 Jennifer April 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Huh, I never thought about hard candy! Great idea :)


56 Holly April 23, 2013 at 10:16 pm

I think these sweet pink treats will be perfect for a baby shower I am helping to host in two weeks– thanks! I wouldn’t have thought to use the icing flavor packets.


57 Jennifer April 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Yes, they would be lovely for a baby shower! There is a cotton candy flavor that colors the meringues blue, so that would be great for a boy! :)


58 Ann May 16, 2013 at 12:23 am

In the list of ingredients there is “1/4 cream of tartar”. Is that tbsp?


59 Jennifer May 17, 2013 at 8:03 am

Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Ann! It is 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar.


60 Carly December 22, 2013 at 2:16 am

Finally got around to making these for Christmas! I chose the Chocolate Almond flavor to be a bit adventurous. Good news: they taste delicious! Thank for the great recipe! Bad news: as I piped out my third cookie, I had to step back and laugh as I only then realized the brown piped meringue cookies look an awful lot like little piles of…well, poo. Haha! Next time I’ll be sticking to the Cherry Vanilla!!


61 Jennifer December 22, 2013 at 6:37 am

Haha – I have been there with meringues that look…well…like other things! I tried to make some Christmas meringues in red, turquoise, and white (one of my favorite Christmas color combos!) and they totally looked like toothpaste…you know, the ones with the blue and red stripes? I couldn’t even bring myself to eat one ;)


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