Cotton Candy Meringues Recipe

This Cotton Candy Meringues Recipe is perfect for every sweet tooth! These colorful treats are so cute, simple, and couldn’t be easier to make with just 4 ingredients!

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Easy Meringues Recipe

There are a bunch of things that I have always wanted to do in life.

I won’t be as dramatic to say they are a bucket list…

I won’t think I missed out on life if I didn’t get to do them…

BUT if they happen, then it’s definitely a life bonus.

Here’s the short list:

First, I have always wanted to have a Brady Bunch moment.  Most specifically the moment where the Bradys end up in court due to a fender bender where the other driver claims he was seriously injured because of Carol’s reckless driving. Mike Brady knew he was faking an injury and decided to expose the guy by throwing a briefcase on the ground, causing the faker to quickly snap his head around at the loud noise, proving that his neck was completely FINE!  I LOVED that episode.  How smart was that Mike Brady?

So yes, I have always wanted to expose a faker by throwing down a briefcase and catching him in the act.

I wish I was kidding you.  It’s been an on-going dream since I was a kid.  I am constantly looking for ways to incorporate an “A-HA! Caught ya” moment in my day.

Maybe that’s why I like Dateline NBC where they catch criminals “in the act”…it’s based in some deep-rooted, Brady Bunch crime solving, expose the bad guy, kind of issue I have.

Second, I have always thought it would be cool to run a marathon.  Now I know this is never going to happen.  I have tried running.  It isn’t for me.  I have found that I much prefer buying running shoes and exercise clothes than I actually like running or exercising.  Apparently dressing like a runner is the closest I will ever get.

And third, I have always wanted to bake meringues.  I will tell you, I had given up on meringue.  After a few attempts and fails, I just decided it was one of those things that I couldn’t do, like pancakes or crepes.

THEN I got this sweet cookbook in the mail.  My friend Heather wrote it and it’s simply stunning.

SprinkleBakes cookbook cover photo from Sprinkle Bakes

She asked if I wanted to give one away and of course I said yes, more on that in a bit.

I decided I wanted to attempt one of Heather’s recipes to post along with the giveaway, and when I saw her recipe for Meringue I knew it was my shot.

I may not be running a marathon, or exposing criminals in my spare time, but meringue?  That’s something I could conquer.

And conquer, I did.A few blue cotton candy meringues in a paper muffin cup

How to Make Meringues

Let’s get started.

Meringues recipe in a cookbookThe recipe was simple to follow.

I decided to give the recipe a eensy variation.  Just a tiny addition.

Here’s what I added:
A package of Duncan Hines frosting creations Cotton Candy flavored mixI figured, why not go for it, right?
And what’s so great about Heather’s recipe is that it’s so open to variation. It’s just a great basic meringue recipe that you can build on and adapt. Love that.

I used a large star tip in a piping bag, but if you don’t have one don’t worry…just snip off the corner of a ziplock or piping bag.
Empty clear plastic piping bag with a star tipI started the process with egg whites in my mixer.
Beat them until they are frothy and then add some cream of tartar. Heather says “a pinch” but since I like to measure I used 1/16 tsp…
Cream of Tartar in a measuring spoonThen continue beating the whites until they form soft peaks. A soft peak is when it’s opaque, but the tip will kind of fall over when you hold it up.
Like this…
Egg whites forming soft peaks on the whisk of a stand mixerThen add sugar and this is where I added in the cotton candy flavor packet and beat for about 7 minutes until stiff peaks form. They will be glossy and beautiful…
Egg whites with a stiff peak on a spatulaPipe the meringue onto a parchment lined baking sheet…
Swirls of blue meringue batter on a baking sheetAnd I decided to try one of the techniques Heather added, making meringue cups. Mine aren’t that pretty, but I gave it a shot…
I piped a 3 inch circle and then 2 more on top of that, adding a little to the center, to serve as the base…
3-layer swirls of blue meringue batter on a baking sheetBake them for an hour and a half on a low heat and then just leave them in the oven for a few hours, or even overnight.
They will look like this when they are done…they look exactly the same as they did when they went on the oven, but are dry and hard.
Baked cotton candy meringues on a baking sheetAren’t they pretty?
Baked cotton candy meringues on a blue cloth
And now about those meringue cups…
Adorable.Pieces of pink and yellow cotton candy inside baked blue meringue cups


Cotton Candy Meringues

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield Yield: About 15 meringues 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Swiss


This Cotton Candy Meringues Recipe is perfect for every sweet tooth! These colorful treats are so cute, simple, and couldn’t be easier to make with just 4 ingredients!


  • 2 egg whites
  • Pinch of Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • Duncan Hines Cotton Candy Flavor Packet


  1. Preheat oven to 170°
  2. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Fit a large piping bag with a star tip.
  3. Place the egg whites in a “spotlessly” clean mixing bowl and whip them with an electric mixer on medium speed until frothy.
  4. Stop the mixer and add cream of tartar. Start mixer again and continue to beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
  5. Increase speed to high and gradually add in sugar *this is where I added the flavor packet as well
  6. Beat egg whites until they are shiny and hold stiff peaks but are not dry or crumbly, about 7 minutes.
  7. Make sure the sugar is dissolved by rubbing a tiny bit of meringue between fingers. If you feel granules of sugar continue to beat until all sugar has dissolved.
  8. Spoon the meringue into the piping bag and pipe onto prepared baking sheets.
  9. Bake the meringues for 90 minutes turning them halfway through baking.
  10. When meringues are done, turn off oven and let them stand for several hours or overnight. The meringues should be hard and dry to touch and you should be able to easily lift them from parchment.


Recipe from Sprinkle Bakes
The only adaptation I made to Heather’s recipe was the addition of the flavor packet.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Ashley Anders
October 14, 2013 11:53 pm

Hello!! These look so so yummy and I can’t wait to make them. But when you can turn them halfway through, do you just mean rotate them clockwise or something? Just wanted to make sure so I don’t mess these up!

March 9, 2013 11:08 pm

I have these in the oven right now…..I made the cotton candy and strawberry but when I tried a batch with the orange creme my eggs went flat 🙁 I guess it’s something with the citric acid?

Great idea on this ! Especially since I found these for 5 cents a packet!

August 21, 2012 1:03 pm

How do these freeze?

Grace Sevilly
May 16, 2012 9:13 am

I have always loved meringues, but the cotton candy twist was genius! Looks awesome,

Cristina S.
May 13, 2012 1:34 am

Wow! Look yummy!

Tanya K. Moyer
May 13, 2012 12:19 am

I would love to win this cook book! I love to bake with my daughters and it would be fun to try some new recipes!! I love that you flavored the meringues with the frosting packets! What a great idea! I have not tried meringues yet, definitely on my “must-try” list!!! 🙂

Lisa J.
May 12, 2012 10:51 pm

Looks yummy (though I always think of cotton candy as pink, not blue).

May 12, 2012 10:43 pm

Ive never tried meringues.. I think i just might. Looks delish!

Christy Feldkirchner
May 12, 2012 10:42 pm

How beautiful; love the flavor addition too! My kids would love to have these as a summer snack. Thanks.

May 12, 2012 10:30 pm

I love meringues. And cotton candy – be still my heart. I had some just last night at our Relay for Life event. This cookbook has to be fun.

May 12, 2012 10:06 pm

What beautiful little creations! Have to try these soon. The cookbook looks wonderful!

May 12, 2012 8:49 pm

These look so cute-must try soon!

May 12, 2012 7:25 pm

I stumbled upon your site and I am in major love. I think orange creamsicle meringues would be delicious too!

Kim Yue
May 12, 2012 6:47 pm

So adorable! I love making meringues–I forget which recipe I make that has a lot of egg whites leftover, but I always try to make meringues with them when I can. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

May 12, 2012 6:28 pm

Love this! Conna try some this week!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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