Easy Vanilla Meringue Ghosts

Hello everyone! July 4th has passed, and I believe in the Halloween-lovers world that officially marks the beginning of spooky season! Friends on Instagram have said they’ve begun seeing Autumn & Halloween items pop up in different stores and that just makes me so excited. I’ve been really getting into the spirit by watching all the classic slasher movies with my boyfriend. I love the good ol’ John Carpenter “Halloween” movies, those are my favorite. 

I’ve also been scouring Pinterest for everything creepy. There are so many awesome Halloween recipes and DIY’s on there, I might make a board of some of the best to share with you. Anyway, whilst browsing I came across these spooky ghost meringue cookies and I had to give them a try! The recipe is easy and delicious 🙂

Vanilla Meringue Ghosts

  • Difficulty: Easy
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You Will Need:

  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Black Decorating Gel


  1. Preheat your oven to 225 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In your stand mixer fixed with the whisk attachment, whisk your egg whites on medium speed until frothy (you will see lots of bubbles start to form).
  3. Next, add your sugar in small portions at a time and continue to whisk. I used a tablespoon to add it little by little. Then add the cream of tartar and vanilla extract.
  4. Whisk on high for about 5-6 minutes until stiff peaks form (when you lift the whisk, the mixture shouldn’t drip). When it’s ready, it will be fully opaque and glossy.
  5. Add the meringue to a piping bag fixed with a large round tip (I used Wilton’s 1A) and begin piping onto the baking sheet. Start by holding the bag upright and steady, applying pressure until a circle forms about the size of a half-dollar, then pull up and create another circle a bit smaller than the bottom, pull up again creating the third and smallest circle. Quickly pull up one last time to create the pointed tip at the top.
  6. Once you’ve piped all of your ghosts, bake them for 40 minutes or until they are no longer sticky and you can pick them up with your hands.
  7. Once cooled, you can then pipe the spooky faces in anyway you’d like!


Recipe adapted from: Smart School House

*These make great cake/cupcake toppers, or you can package them to give as gifts 🙂




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