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Meringue Cookies Always Fall Flat

I live at 6500 feet, and this is the only thing I can imagine that is causing problems in my meringue-making. I have tried umpteen times to get nice meringue cookies, but even if they look like they're going to work, they ALWAYS turn into flat, crispy disks that have to be scraped off of the cookie sheet. HELP!

asked by lacrema about 5 years ago
5 answers 6669 views
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HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

added about 5 years ago

Have you tried adding a bit of cornstarch? The small amount of cornstarch (~1TB) seems to help make the meringues more stable, though the texture might be a bit different (more crispy)

This is for a meringue pie, but I think the solution (adding cornstarch) would work for your cookies:

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added about 5 years ago

At your altitude you need to stabilize the whites. A bit of corn starch can help but cream of tartar is better, or whisk in a copper bowl (which is a natural stabilizer).

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added about 5 years ago

Perhaps this webpage/site will give you some insight.


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added about 5 years ago

Thank you for the suggestions! My recipe (from Cook's Illustrated) did have cream of tartar, but I will try upping it and maybe adding corn starch as well.

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Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added about 5 years ago

I'm definitely not at high altitude, but I find that a pinch of kosher salt added to the egg whites really helps them stiffen up.

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