Vegan Meringue Kisses (Aquafaba Meringue)

Vegan meringue kisses recipe. These eggless meringue cookies are made using aquafaba. Perfect for topping desserts such as cakes, pavlovas or eating on their own!
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
4.72 from 7 votes
close up of pink and white meringue kisses with aquafaba.

The cutest little meringue kisses, otherwise known as meringue cookies or drops (or crunchy little sugar clouds if you ask me!).

This recipe is based on my vegan meringue nests but because these eggless meringue kisses are so much smaller, they only take half the time to bake! Plus they are super cute and perfect for adding some “wow” factor when used as a topping to accompany desserts like cakes, tarts and puddings.

pink meringue kisses.

What is aquafaba meringue?

Aquafaba is the revolutionary yet widely available and inexpensive ingredient that replaces egg whites in vegan meringue recipes. Chances are if you ever had an eggless meringue, you’ve had aquafaba. But don’t let the fancy sounding name throw you off, that’s actually latin for “bean water”. Put simply, it’s the water in which white beans, namely chickpeas have been cooked in. When whisked, chickpea brine mimics the properties of egg whites, making it perfect for vegan meringues and pavlova as well as an array of other vegan desserts.
 
 

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe

This vegan meringue kisses recipe comes together with just six ingredients, oh and one of those is optional too.

Aquafaba: This magical ingredient replaces egg whites found in traditional meringue recipes, and it does a damn good job at it.

Caster sugar: or super fine sugar. Sugar is essential for creating meringue recipes as it creates structure. The more sugar you incorporate into a meringue, the stiffer and glossier it becomes.

Cornstarch: or cornflour depending on what side of the world you’re in. This is a really important step as cornflour stabilises the vegan meringue mixture, helping it to keep it’s structure when baked.

Cream of tartar: This is a stabiliser and helps to create a stronger and more stable meringue. If you don’t have this to hand or want to make vegan meringue without cream of tartar, you can use the same volume of apple cider vinegar in it’s place.

Beetroot powder: Used solely for it’s bright pink colour. I mean, who can resist those cute little pink meringue kisses.

Vanilla extract: This is optional, but a little vanilla goes a long way in giving some flavour to meringue recipes.

ingredients for making pink meringue kisses.

Step-By-Step Instructions

(Full ingredient quantities and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post)

Making a vegan meringue recipe from scratch may seem daunting, but I promise you it’s really not. It just takes a little preparation, patience and precision and you’ll yield a no-fail meringue recipe every time!

  1. First get all of your prep done. I swear by reducing aquafaba for vegan meringue recipes. It intensifies the liquid, making it more viscous and closer resembling to the consistency of egg whites. To reduce the aquafaba add it to a saucepan and simmer until it has reduced to half the volume. Then chill it in the fridge until completely cool before using. You can do this step a day or more in advance of making the meringue kisses if desired.
  2. Wipe down the inside of a large bowl with a little vinegar or lemon juice to remove any fat residue (fats/oils are your enemy when making meringue!). Then add the reduced aquafaba and cream of tartar to the bowl and whisk on high speed for ten minutes, until soft peaks form.
  3. This next step requires some patience, but you’ll want to add the caster sugar in one tablespoon increments while whisking. Continue whisking for about thirty seconds between each tablespoon to incorporate the sugar into the meringue.
  4. Split the meringue into two bowls and whisk the beetroot powder into once of them. Lastly fold half of the cornstarch into each bowl and your meringue mixture is ready to pipe!
  5. Add the aquafaba meringue to a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle, alternating between spoons of white and pink meringue to create a beautiful pattern.
  6. Pipe little kisses onto a baking tray and bake for one hour. Once ready, allow the meringues to sit in the oven with the door ajar whilst they cool.
 

Substitutions/Additions

Substitutions

Beetroot powder: you can swap this out with freeze dried raspberry powder to make raspberry meringue kisses!

Cream of tartar: You can use white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar in place of cream of tartar if preferred.

Additions

Peppermint extract: Adding a little peppermint extract can turn these into candy cane meringue kisses for those holiday vibes! Add this to the meringue at the stage where vanilla extract is usually added.
 
Orange/lemon extract: Likewise, you can transform them into orange or lemon meringue kisses by adding a little extract in place of the vanilla.
 
close up of meringue kisses.
 

FAQS & Tips

How long do meringue kisses last?

These mini meringues will keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

How to store aquafaba meringue

Place them in an airtight container and keep at room temperature, do not refrigerate.
 

Can you freeze them?

Yes, aquafaba meringue freezes really well in an airtight container.
 
What piping tip should I use for making meringue cookies?

I recommend using a star nozzle for meringue cookies (like pictured). You can get as creative you wish though!

How can I tell that my meringue kisses are cooked?

They’re ready once you’re able to lift them off the baking sheet without sticking.

Can I make larger meringue cookies/nests?

Yes, you can create larger cookies, however note that they will require a longer cooking time. My vegan meringue nests for example take 2 hours. So keep an eye on larger cookies.

close up of white and pink aquafaba meringue kisses.

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close up of pink and white meringue kisses with aquafaba.

Vegan Meringue Kisses (Aquafaba Meringue)

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Vegan meringue kisses recipe. These eggless meringue cookies are made using aquafaba. Perfect for topping desserts such as cakes, pavlovas or eating on their own!
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Servings 20 makes approx 100-150 meringue kisses

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup aquafaba *see notes, prep ahead of time (see step 1)
  • 1 ¼ cups caster sugar
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch) sifted, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp beetroot powder sifted, or freeze dried raspberry/strawberry powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract optional

INSTRUCTIONS

RECIPE PREPARATION (at least 2 hours prior making the recipe)

  • The first step is reducing the aquafaba, this can be done the night before or at least two hours in advance of making the recipe. Add the aquafaba to a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and allow it to simmer until it has reduced by half in volume. After 5 minutes of simmering, check the volume by pouring the liquid into a bowl on your weighing scales or measure the volume by cups (be careful as it’s going to be hot!). If there's more than half of the original liquid volume continue to simmer until it reduces to half a cup.
  • Allow the aquafaba to cool to room temperature and pour into a jar and refrigerate to chill. 

MAKING MERINGUE KISSES

  • Preheat your oven to 100°C (212°F). Line a baking pan with some parchment paper and dust with a thin layer of cornflour - this will make it easier to lift the meringues once they are ready and prevent them from sticking to the paper.
  • Take a large clean bowl, and make sure it's completely dry and free of any grease. Add the aquafaba and cream of tartar to a large bowl and whisk on high speed for 10 minutes until soft peaks form.
  • Add the caster sugar one tablespoon at a time while continuing to whisk and incorporate the sugar into the aquafaba. Whisk in each tablespoon for about 30 seconds before adding the next. Continue this process until you have incorporated all of the sugar, then whisk for another 10 minutes until thick and glossy. Add the vanilla extract if using and whisk for a minute to combine.
  • Split the meringue into two bowls. Add the beetroot powder to one bowl and fold until combined. 
  • Add half of the cornflour to each bowl, and carefully fold it through the meringue mixture using a spatula until it is just incorporated - do not over-mix.
  • Transfer the meringue to a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle, alternating between one tablespoon of plain and one table spoon of beetroot meringue to create a varied pattern. Pipe little meringue kisses on to the baking tray, about 2-2.5cm in diameter. Allow a about a centimetre or so between each one.
  • Bake in the oven for 1 hour. Once ready, leave the meringues in the oven for another 15 minutes with the door ajar. Take the tray out of the oven and allow the meringues to cool completely for another 30-60 minutes before removing them from the tray.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use.

RECIPE NOTES

*Aquafaba; the liquid part from tinned chickpeas. 

SUBSTITUTIONS

Beetroot powder: you can swap this out with freeze dried raspberry powder.
Cream of tartar: You can use white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar in place of this.

ADDITIONS

Peppermint extract: Add this to the meringue at the stage where vanilla extract is usually added.
Orange/lemon extract: Likewise add at the stage where vanilla is added.

FAQS & TIPS

How long do they last: They will keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
To store: Place them in an airtight container and keep at room temperature, do not refrigerate.
What piping tip to use: Use a star nozzle fitted to a piping bag.
How to tell when they are cooked: They’re ready once you’re able to lift them off the baking sheet without sticking. 
For larger meringue cookies/nests: A longer cooking time will be required. So keep an eye on larger cookies, they could take from 90-120 mins.

NUTRITION

Serving: 6meringue kisses | Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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