Simple Vanilla Meringue

Master meringue with our simple four-ingredient recipe.
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Simple Vanilla Meringue

Recipe by Stacy Adimando

This recipe originally appeared in our Summer 2020 issue. Get the magazine here.


  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar


1. In a deep medium bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, add the egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt.

2. Using an electric mixer, begin beating the whites on medium-low speed. Sprinkle in 1 tbsp. sugar; beat for 10 seconds. Repeat the process with 5 more tbsp. sugar.

3. Increase the speed to high and continue the process with the remaining 6 tbsp. sugar. Beat until the meringue is thick and glossy and holds stiff peaks when the beaters are raised.