Meringues — what better way to watch your waistline and still have treats! Crunchy-crisp, feather-light and sweet, meringues are very easy to make, they're nonfat and fairly low in calories, and they add an elegant — and gluten-free — touch to the cookie plate. You can choose to leave them plain, flavored simply with a hint of vanilla, or bake them with grated bittersweet chocolate or nuts folded in. We offer an array of suggestions for flavor options — the choice is yours!
Meringues may be dropped by the tablespoonful onto parchment paper-lined-baking sheets, or piped, using a pastry bag for more elegant shapes. Try our variation in the baker's tips below, and flavor some of the meringue with freeze-dried fruit for a naturally colorful, fruit-flavored take on this classic. For more on meringue technique see our blog post, Meringue rules.