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Meringue Hugged Kisses

    Mmm! I love these Meringue Hugged Kisses. They’re so delicious, and the Candy Cane Kisses add a great flavor to meringue. I also love the color!

    Mmm! I love these Meringue Hugged Kisses. They're so delicious, and the Candy Cane Kisses add a great flavor to meringue.

    I love the simple Meringue Cookie! It’s so much easier than its cousin – the Macaron. My meringues always turn out great and I can make them in the evening and then forget about them until the next morning. Love it!

    I picked up a bag of the Candy Cane Hershey Kisses but wasn’t sure what to do with them. There are so many beautiful ideas floating around the internet that I HAD to come up with something different.

    Enter these cookies.

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    The trick to Meringue Cookies is, obviously, the Meringue. You’ve got to beat it until you get a stiff peak!

    Add the sugar slowly and don’t pop all the air bubbles when piping it out.

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    I left the meringue vanilla flavored because the candy cane Kiss in the center added lots of flavor!


    Another trick to Meringues, is to let them sit in the oven overnight with the light on to completely dry and cool. They should pop right off of your cookie sheets when cool.

    A few of the Kisses melted slightly in the oven, but that wasn’t a big deal. They firmed back up while cooling and I just broke off the little bit that bubbled up underneath.

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    A stunning Candy Cane Cake that my guests LOVED! The candy cane bits were the perfect compliment to the dark chocolate cake.

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    Meringue Hugged Kisses

    Meringue Hugged Kisses

    I love these Meringue Hugged Kisses. They’re so delicious, and the Kisses add a great flavor to meringue.

    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 2 hours
    Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


    • 2 egg whites
    • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
    • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
    • Pink Food Coloring (optional)
    • Candy Cane Hershey Kisses (unwrapped)


      1. Place 16 – 20 Candy Cane Hershey’s Kisses on a cookie sheet lines with a silicon mat or parchment paper.
      2. Add egg whites to a mixer fitted with a wire whipping attachment. Whip on medium speed for 3 minutes. When frothy, start adding sugar a teaspoon at a time, stopping 2 – 3 times to scrape the sides of the bowl. Add in the Cream of Tartar and vanilla and continue to whip on high speed until stiff peaks form. Add food coloring if desired.
      3. Transfer meringue to a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 2M tip. Pipe around each Kiss until all are covered. Make mini designs with excess meringue in the open spaces.
      4. Bake at 200 degrees F for 1 hour. Turn cookie sheet around and bake for another 45 minutes. When done, simply turn off heat, turn on light, and leave overnight in the oven to cool.
      5. Keep Meringue Cookies in an airtight container.

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    Karyn Granrud

    Karyn Granrud

    I'm Karyn, a mom and wife, and I founded this little baking blog. Baking and making desserts have been my passion since I was a kid. I love experimenting with different flavors and sharing delicious recipes with all of you. Read more.

    44 thoughts on “Meringue Hugged Kisses”

    1. I. AM. SO. MAKING. THESE!! I've been intimidated by meringues and their evil Frenchy cousin, the macaron, so I've put them off for a looooong time. But your recipe looks so goof-proof, and I LOVE the peppermint kiss in the middle. Totally perf for holiday gift baskets 🙂

    2. Karyn! you are an awesome baking goddess. not only are these totally different meringues, but they are so darn cute and fluffy looking 🙂 will definitely be making these!

    3. Holy mother of pearl! These look so darn amazing! LOVE THEM! I'm going to attempt to make these but I have a feeling they won't look nearly as amazing as yours! Thanks for this!!!!

    4. I love this idea of hugged kisses. Meringue cookies are a favorite and traditional recipe in Dominican Republic. We call it Suspiritos! I will do my Christmas meringues the "hugging way" this year, thanks to you! 🙂

    5. Overnight? How many hours really? If I bake these at 8 AM can we have them for dinner? Kids want to eat the stuff they participate in making!

      1. Overnight is best to ensure that the meringues are completely dry. IF you made them in the morning, then yes, by the end of the day they will be dry. I’d say 8 hours or so to sit and dry. Hope that helps!

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