Meringue Cookies, or as I lovingly call them around the holidays, Snowball Cookies, are made with just 2 staple ingredients! They’re fun to make on a whim and are naturally low calorie and gluten free! They offer a lot of crunch for very minimal effort!

Snowball cookie recipe - a beautiful, crunchy cookie at just 30 calories each!
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On the second day of cookies…

Growing up, my mom would make nighty nights during the Christmas season. I loved how light and crunchy they were! We called these Meringue Cookies nighty nights because you put them to bed – in the oven, overnight.

Several years ago I shared that recipe – before I had a camera or knew anyone was actually reading my lifestyle website! Let’s not look back, okay? I made a simple adaptation to these Meringue Cookies for a pretty little wintery twist.

I omitted the green dye and made them into snowballs! What’s even better is these Meringue Cookies require only two staple ingredients – eggs and sugar and take just 10 minutes hands on time to make.

The rest of the magic happens while you’re comfortably sleeping – dreaming of these sweet little snowball Meringue Cookies!

I’ve even got a Valentine’s Day inspired Easy Meringue Recipe – don’t skip it!

2 Ingredient Christmas Cookies made from staple ingredients! Snowballs!
2 ingredient gluten free Christmas cookies that are just 30 calories each! Meringue Snowballs

You can dust them with powdered sugar or clear crystal sprinkles, to bring a little extra sparkle to the cookies and  faces of those enjoying them!

Snowball cookie recipe - a beautiful, crunchy cookie at just 30 calories each!

How Many Calories are in Meringue Cookies?

These cookies are gluten free and low calories, coming in at just 30 calories each! Meringue Cookies also have just 4 carbs each. Who doesn’t love a cookie with less guilt? Or a few!

How to Make Meringue Cookies

  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Beat egg whites until stiff.
  3. Gradually add sugar and beat until it forms a very stiff peak.
  4. Using a cookie scoop to form “balls,” drop onto a foil lined cookie sheet.
  5. Turn the oven off and place cookies inside overnight or 8 hours. No peeking!

Tips

  • If possible, bring eggs to room temperature first for best results (30 minutes).
  • If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you can drop by the teaspoonful.
  • Make sure all of your tools (mixer, whisk, bowl, cookie sheet) are free of grease.
Skinny Snowball Cookies - just 30 calories each & insanely good!
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Meringue Cookies

Meringue Cookies, or as I lovingly call them around the holidays, Snowball Cookies, are made with just 2 staple ingredients! They’re fun to make on a whim and are naturally low calorie and gluten free! They offer a lot of crunch for very minimal effort!
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 24
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Ingredients  

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff.
  • Gradually add sugar & beat until it forms a very stiff peak.
  • Using a cookie scoop to form “balls,” drop onto a foil lined cookie sheet.
  • Turn the oven off & place cookies inside overnight or 8 hours. No peeking!

Julie’s Tips

Optional: dust with powdered sugar or sugar crystals before putting in oven.
  • If possible, bring eggs to room temperature first for best results (30 minutes).
  • If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you can drop by the teaspoonful.
  • Make sure all of your tools (mixer, whisk, bowl, cookie sheet) are free of grease.
Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 4mg | Sugar: 4g

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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18 Comments

  1. These look like just want I need for a winter party! So once I put them in the oven, I turn it off? They don’t cook for a length of time first? Thanks!

      1. Thank so much! I’m making a double batch- some for me and some for a hostess gift! Can’t wait until they are ready in the morning!

  2. I love how simple the instructions are for these. They are beautiful. And the over night in the oven is how my mom taught me to make meringues. This will be my go to always when I make these.

      1. They can stay in until you rise in the morning. The oven gradually cools and they’re done, but just stored there until you wake.