Meringue Ghosts

These Halloween meringue ghosts are a kid favorite. The meringue is piped from a pastry bag–easy peasy–and then the ghosts are given chocolate chip eyes and baked to set their spooky shape.

Four meringue ghosts on a bed of candy corn on a black cake stand.

Meringue ghosts may sound intimidating. And not in a haunted house sorta way. But if you can squeeze the last drops from a pack of ketchup from a fast-food joint, you can make these cute little Halloween meringue specters. Well, there may be a touch more nuance and artistry required, but it’s still easy peasy. It just takes a little practice to get just the right-size blobs—and a little restraint to not demolish the entire batch in one nosh.–Renee Schettler Rossi

Halloween Meringue Ghosts

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  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • Makes about 2 dozen 4-inch meringue ghosts
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Preheat the oven to 200°F (93°C). Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and adjust a second rack to the top position. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large metal bowl with an electric mixer on low speed, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Add the salt, increase the speed to medium-high, and continue beating until soft peaks form.

Beat in the vanilla until combined. Gradually add the superfine sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, and beat until the meringue forms stiff, glossy peaks.

Sift the confectioners’ sugar in a bowl to remove any lumps. Then sift it a second time over the meringue. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the confectioners’ sugar into the meringue only until no more streaks of sugar remain. Do not fold any more than is necessary as overmixing will deflate the meringue, resulting in sad, sagging ghosts.

Spoon the meringue into a piping bag or create your own makeshift piping bag with a large resealable plastic bag. After filling it with meringue, use a sharp pair of scissors to snip 1/2 inch from a bottom corner of the bag.

Hold the bag upright and squeeze a stack of 3 blobs of meringue onto the parchment to form a wide base, a slightly smaller middle, and a curled top that droops off to the side, sorta like when you dispense soft-serve ice cream. If you use your imagination, it should look like a chubby, upright ghost shape. Pipe a total of 12 meringue ghosts onto each lined baking sheet.

Press two chocolate chips into the meringue, with the flat side of the chips facing outward, to form eyes.

Bake the meringue ghosts until crisp, about 2 hours.

Tester tip: Baking the meringue ghosts for a long time at a low temperature ensures they will remain crisp and exceptionally white. Keep a careful watch during baking. If your little Caspers start to turn a touch brown at the edges, reduce the oven temperature to 175°F (79°C).

When the meringue ghosts are crisp, turn the oven off and allow them to cool in the oven for at least 2 hours and preferably overnight. Originally published October 26, 2009.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

These little meringue ghost confections were great. They were easy to mix up and fun to shape.

I do know that I need more practice shaping my ghosts. Let’s just say some of my ghosts looked a little off. I thought it made them look more scary, but the grandkids thought they just looked funny.

I left mine in the oven overnight and removed them from the pan the next morning. I love the idea of using a disposable bag but next time I’ll go for my large pastry bag with the big round tip.

Simple, straightforward, and super cute, this meringue ghosts idea is perfect for Halloween. The taste was that perfect crunchy-then-melt-in-your-mouth feeling and the color stayed nice and white.

The timing was spot on. Or you can play around with other ideas for other holidays, such as adding green and red sprinkles for Christmas and so on.


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