If you love crisp sweet meringues, you will love these strawberry meringues! These strawberry meringue cookies are piped into cute little hearts, which are perfect for Valentine’s Day! All you need are four simple ingredients!

Strawberry meringues piped into heart shapes on a baking sheet.

If you are looking to fancy things up this Valentine’s Day, try this easy strawberry meringue recipe! These strawberry hearts will jazz up your celebrations.

My kids had a lot of fun eating these strawberry meringue cookies. Meringue is whipped egg whites. We pulverized freeze-dried strawberries to add a rich, sweet strawberry flavor to our cookies. You can also enjoy my vanilla meringues too!

Why I love making these strawberry meringues:

  1. Meringues are really easy to make with just a few simple ingredients.
  2. Freeze-dried strawberries give this strawberry meringue dessert flavor and a beautiful pink color.
  3. Make them as fancy as you like! You can pipe these meringues into hearts, or drop the fluffy meringue onto a cookie sheet with a spoon.

I saw your recipe a while back and had never made Meringue. I wanted to try a few test runs before the real ones but couldn’t quickly get any freeze dried strawberries nor raspberries quickly nor cost effectively to use in my practice rounds, so I used jello powder instead and it worked wonderfully well! I even gave a few batches away and the recipients loved them.”

debbie, blog comment

Allergen Information:

These meringues are gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, oat-free, and soy-free.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Egg whites – I recommend size large or extra large eggs.
  • Freeze-dried strawberries – You can find these at most stores. Do not use fresh or frozen strawberries, or your meringue will not set.
  • Cream of tartar – This is the magic stuff that helps your meringues set
  • Sugar – Try to find a fine-grind sugar. If you can’t, regular sugar will work.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Photos grinding the freeze dried strawberries.

Step 1: Grind 2/3 cup of freeze-dried strawberries in a food processor. Grind it for 2 minutes until the strawberries are a dusty powder.

HINT: I LOVE this mini Cuisinart Immersion Stick. It is an immersion blender for soups and also comes with a mini food processor attachment that is so much easier to use for small jobs!

Step 2: This is what your strawberry powder will look like.

Photos whipping egg whites into meringue.

Step 3: Add the egg whites to a standing mixer or an electric hand mixer. Whip the egg whites on high for 1 minute.

Step 4: Add in the cream of tartar, strawberry powder, and sugar. Whip for 4-5 more minutes until the mixture forms still peaks.

Showing the piping tip and how to load up a piping bag.

Step 5: I used This star tip to pipe my strawberry meringues. You can use any tip you like. The star-style tips add some pretty texture to your piped meringue.

Step 6: Add the meringue to the piping bag.

Piping tips:

  1. Fill your piping bag no more than 3/4 full. If you overfill the bag, the meringue will squeeze out the top, all over your hands.
  2. Pipe the meringues in any shape you like. I did both styles of piping with the same tip!
Using a heart shaped cookie cutter to make lines to pipe meringue onto.

Step 7: I traced a heart-shaped cookie cutter on parchment paper to make hearts. I flipped it over so the pencil marks wouldn’t get on my meringue.

Step 8: Squeeze the piping bag, and the meringue will come out. You can dot the meringue into star shapes around the heart outline or squeeze and trace the heart with the meringue in one motion.

Step 9: Bake the strawberry hearts at 225º F for 45 to 55 minutes. Baking time will vary depending on how large and thick your meringue is piped.

Turn the oven off and allow the meringues to sit on the cookie sheet in the oven for another 20-30 minutes without opening the door.

A baked heart shaped meringue cookie on a tray.

Fun flavor variations!

  • Drizzle chocolate over the meringue, or dip the bottom in the chocolate.
  • Use freeze-dried raspberries or blueberries for more fun colors!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why are my meringues chewy?

If your meringues turned out chewy, you didn’t bake them long enough.

What does cream of tartar do to meringues?

Cream of tartar is an acid that stabilizes egg whites. It also helps bind the proteins that make the meringues stiff.

Can you overwhip the egg whites?

You can overwhip the egg whites. If you do, they will become too stiff to pipe.

How long will these meringues keep fresh?

These meringues will keep fresh for up to 3 days but lose their crispness.

Baked strawberry meringue hearts on a baking sheet.

More Valentine’s Day Recipes:

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If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

Rows of strawberry meringues piped into heart shapes on a baking sheet.

Strawberry Meringues

Sandi Gaertner
Deliciously crisp strawberry meringues. Pipe them in any shape like these strawberry hearts!
5 from 13 votes
dairy free allergen icon
gluten free allergy icon
nut free allergen icon
soy free allergy icon
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cookies and Bar Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Meringues
Calories 91 kcal

Equipment

  • Standing mixer

Ingredients
  

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • cup freeze dried strawberries
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor, grind 2/3 cup of freeze-dried strawberries. Grind it for 2 minutes until the strawberries are a dusty powder.
  • Preheat the oven to 225º F.
  • Add the egg whites to a standing mixer. You can also use an electric hand mixer. Whip the egg whites on high for 1 minute.
  • Add in the cream of tartar, strawberry powder, and sugar. Whip 4-5 more minutes until the mixture forms still peaks.
  • Choose a frosting star tip to pipe my strawberry meringues. You can use any tip you like. The star style tips add some pretty texture to your piped meringue.
  • Add the meringue to the piping bag.
  • To make hearts, I traced a heart-shaped cookie cutter on parchment paper. I then flipped it over so the pencil marks wouldn't get on my meringue.
  • Squeeze the piping bag and the meringue will come out. You can dot the meringue into star shapes around the heart outline, or squeeze and trace the heart with meringue in one motion.
  • Bake the strawberry hearts at 225º F for 45 to 55 minutes. Baking time will vary depending on how large and thick your meringue is piped.
  • Turn the oven off and allow the meringues to sit on the cookie sheet in the oven for another 20-30 minutes without opening the door.

Notes

  1. Do not use fresh or frozen strawberries in this recipe, your meringues will be mushy and not set. You need to be sure to use freeze-dried strawberries.
  2. These meringues will keep for up to 2 days in an air-tight container. Note they will not stay crispy if you store them.

Piping tips:

  1. Fill your piping bag no more than 3/4 full. If you over fill the bag, the meringue will squeeze out the top too, all over your hands.
  2. Pipe the meringues in any shape you like. I did both styles of piping with the same tip!

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1meringueCalories: 91kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 152mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin C: 120mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 2mg
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18 Comments

  1. I haven’t ever made meringues, but this looks like a simple, easy dessert. How many meringues does the recipe make?
    Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    I saw your recipe a while back and had never made Meringue cool
    Ike’s of any type before and wanted to make these for Valentines. I wanted to try a few test runs before the real ones but couldn’t quickly get any freeze dried strawberries nor raspberries quickly nor cost effectively to use in my practice rounds, so I used jello powder instead and it worked wonderfully well! I even gave a few batches away and the recipients loved them. Just thought I would share about the jello incase others h
    Run into the same problem, also think of the colours of meringues one could do foe other occasions like St. Patrick’s Day, or Easter! I just followed your recipe and when adding the last of the sugar I added some jello powder. The amount of jello powder depended on how subtle or vibrant I wanted the colour. Not more vibrancy also increased the intensity of the flavour.

  3. 5 stars
    Such a fun and easy recipe! This would be great for so many occasions. And, I have freeze-dried strawberries in the cupboard! I know what I’m making this weekend 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Oh I just love the freeze-dried strawberries in these. Can’t wait to try them again with the blueberries and raspberries!