Easy Meringue Ice Cream Cups are the perfect dinner party dessert or Valentine’s Day treat that the whole family will enjoy!
Meringue was something I loved as a child. Right or wrong, I loved the batter (is even a better?) and the light fluffy, crunchy texture. My mom would make these easy meringue ice cream cups for us whenever she had a few eggs left about to expire.
They were super easy, not needing to be piped like our other Christmas favorite, meringue mushrooms or even meringue kisses. Just whip up those eggs, add a little extract or food coloring and spoon onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
The batter for meringue can be a little tricky, but as soon as you understand the basics, it all make sense and you will have perfect meringue every time! First, make sure your bowl is super dry, even a small droplet of water will mess with the consistency and eggs whipping.
Also, metal works better than glass for any egg white mix. Knowing how to pick your mixing bowls is key to being a great home cook! Cream of tartar helps to stabilize. And lastly, don’t wimp out of the whipping. It takes a lot to get a stiff meringue, just hang in there. Having a stand mixer, or at the very least an electric hand mixer, makes life a lot easier. Low and slow for the cooking process and tada: easy meringue. After you master basics, the possibilities are endless!
As a Valentine’s Day dessert, I like to serve my Meringue Ice Cream Cups with Vanilla Bean or Butter Ice Cream, homemade Raspberry Sauce and fresh fruit. You could easily change the recipe to make a mocha meringue with chocolate ice cream and fudge drizzle or even use my easy caramel sauce!
Easy Meringue Ice Cream Cups are also ideal to make ahead. Just bake and store in an airtight container at room temperture. I suggest eating them a day within baking though.
If you like this recipe or need more Valentine’s Day dessert ideas, maybe you’ll like my Red Velvet Cheesecake Cups, Stained Glass Heart Cookies, Best Brownies or even Chocolate Caramel Pretzels. Scroll on down for some great Valentine’s Day dinner ideas the whole family will enjoy!
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- 3 egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon raspberry or vanilla extract
- 4 drops Red gel food coloring
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar with electric mixer until foamy.
Gradually add sugar, beating until mixture forms stiff peaks. Add extract and food coloring, continuing to beat.
Spoon 6 large scoops of meringue onto parchment paper. Using a spoon, create a deep bowl in each, being careful not to go all the way down to the baking sheet.
Bake for 1 hour, then turn off oven, but allow meringue to cool completely in the oven. This usually takes 1 hour or more.
Remove from oven and store in an airtight container until ready to use. Fill with ice cream and top with your favorite sauce!