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How to Make Meringue Shells

Meringue shells are a breeze to make and can be stored in the freezer for last-minute desserts. Follow this tutorial on how to make meringue shells.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Gluten Free
Servings: 6
Calories: 138.3kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 large egg whites
  • 2 cups granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F.
  • Prepare two large baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper. On each piece of parchment paper, trace six 4- to 5-inch circles with a pencil. Flip the parchment paper over so that the meringue will not be sitting directly on the pencil marks.
  • Pour 8 large egg whites into a very clean, large bowl or the bowl of a mixer. With a hand or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat at low speed until the egg whites are foamy. Increase speed to medium and gradually pour in 2 cups sugar. Continue beating until the egg whites form stiff peaks when you lift the beaters out of the egg mixture. You now have a meringue. Take care not to overbeat the egg whites, as they can become grainy and dry.
  • Using a rubber spatula, gently transfer the meringue to a clean pastry bag fitted with a large circular or star tip, depending on the look you want to achieve.
  • Starting at the center of each circle, pipe a circle of meringue. When you reach the outer rim of the circle, pipe 1 to 2 additional layers on top of the border. The more you pipe, the deeper each shell will be.
  • Put the baking sheets in the oven. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, then turn off the oven and leave the meringues in the oven for 30 additional minutes.
  • Gently peel the meringues off of the parchment. Cool completely and put the meringues in an airtight container.
  • Freeze the meringues if you will not be using them in the next 3 to 4 days.

Notes

Weight Watchers Points: 8 (Freestyle SmartPoints), 4 (Points+)

Nutrition

Serving: 1Shell | Calories: 138.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.5g | Protein: 2.4g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 36.7mg | Sugar: 33.4g