Hugs & Kisses Valentines Meringue Cookie Recipe

I'm one of those people who end their emails with an "XO." (I like "those people," by the way!) Along with hearts, I think hugs and kisses are quintessential Valentine's Day symbols!  


These gluten-free, fat-free treats are super fun, pretty, delicious, and obviously . . . full of love! They're perfect to bring to a Valentine's Day party or to your child's classroom Valentine's Day celebration — or to your dinner table for dessert!

Please let me know how you like them and . . . Happy Valentine's Day!




  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Pink and purple food coloring
  • Red sugar for sprinkling


Makes approximately 4 dozen meringues

Total Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Set aside.  

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, use an electric mixer with the whisk attachment on medium speed to whisk the egg whites until frothy, about 1 minute.  Add the cream of tartar and about half of the sugar and whisk on a high speed, gradually adding the remaining sugar. Continue to whisk until stiff peaks form, about 4 minutes.  Divide the mixture into two bowls and add a bit of pink food coloring to one and purple to the other.  

Use a spoon to put each of the colored egg mixtures into their own pastry bag with a medium-sized round tip — or use zip-lock bag.

bags of purple and pink meringue to be piped with red sugar crystals

If you're using a zip-lock bag, simply cut about 1/4-inch off one of the bottom meringue in a ziploc bag being cut with kitchen shears

With the color of your choice, pipe approximately 2-inch circles (hugs) onto one of the prepared baking sheets and use the other color to pipe approximately 2-inch X's (kisses) on the other.  Sprinkle the hugs and kisses with a bit of red sugar

Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.  Then turn the oven off and keep them inside the oven for another hour, until the oven has cooled down.  They are slightly fragile, so be a bit gentle when you remove them from baking sheets.  

Meringue cookies shapes in to x and o's with red sugar on top

You can use a pretty tin container or something as simple as clear cellophane bags tied up with a ribbon to wrap these up and give out as gifts to your loved ones!!

Hugs and kisses Valentines Meringue cookies in a heart shaped box