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Marshmallow Meringue Frosting – this easy recipe tastes like a melted fluffy marshmallow! It’s the perfect frosting recipe for cupcakes or to dress up pies, cookies, or brownies!

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Easy Marshmallow Meringue Frosting - this meringue is so much better than a traditional baked one! It takes like a melted marshmallow!

Okay, who else is completely overwhelmed that it’s December? Everything was all fine and dandy until Thanksgiving; life was just going along with a soft rock soundtrack. Then, somewhere over the 4 day weekend my soundtrack changed to dance club hard rock and I can’t seem to change it back. Schedules looming, family looming, parties, planning, shopping, baking, class visits….. *head exploding*

This time of year is supposed to be my favorite and somehow every year I make it so much more complicated. There are 3 weeks left and I’m going to *try* to enjoy every minute and take shortcuts where I can. One easy shortcut? Starting with homemade treats and dressing them up a little bit, kind of like Sandra Lee on Semi-Homemade Cooking. Remember that show? I never see it on anymore but I LOVED it. Along with 30 Minute Meals and Dinner at Tiffani’s it was (and still is) one of the only “real” cooking shows I like. (I love the competition shows, Chopped, Food Network Star, and all the Holiday Baking Championships, but I’m not huge into just watching people cook. Like…I can just install a mirror in my kitchen if I wanted to do that.)

I loved how Sandra Lee would take packaged ingredients like cookies or cakes from the store and just dress them up to look like she slaved all day. Then she’d swap out her kitchen valance and whip up a themed cocktail and call it a party. That’s my kind of girl, if there ever was one. This holiday season I’m going to dress to impress with recipes that look hard but aren’t, and I’m going to semi-homemade the heck out of all of my desserts.

First up, this Easy Marshmallow Meringue Frosting recipe.

Don’t be scared (or disgusted by) the word “meringue”. This is a really easy recipe and it’s a gorgeous frosting for cupcakes, cookies, cake, or pie. Plus, it looks fancy because it’s all browned, and calling it meringue makes it sound important.

Easy Marshmallow Meringue Frosting - this meringue tastes like a melted marshmallow and is the perfect way to dress up pies, cupcakes, and brownies!

First of all, this is not your Nana’s Lemon Meringue Pie meringue recipe. I have never liked that kind of meringue and always said I hated all things with that name because that was what my frame of reference was. THIS meringue is different because it tastes like a melted gooey marshmallow.

What’s the difference? Well, the meringue of pies past is baked after beating the egg whites. Typically, that recipe involves whipping egg whites and sugar until fluffy, then you layer it on a pie and bake it until browned. The results is a little frothy, a little thick, and (for me) quite eggy. No bueno!

THIS meringue recipe involves cooking the egg whites (while whisking with sugar) to a safe temperature (140°F) then beating them until fluffy while they’re hot. Cooking the egg whites over a double boiler kills any yucky bugs (no salmonella in my pies!) and then beating it hot and sugary makes it fluffy and silky and very much like a marshmallow. It’s kind of like a 7 minute frosting, if you’ve ever heard of that, except that you burn the top using a kitchen torch (or under the broiler). Check out the video below on how I make this frosting. It’s easy but sometimes a visual is best!

This recipe makes enough for a 9″ pie, a dozen cupcakes, a single layer cake, or plenty of mini tarts or brownie bites. Whip up a batch and turn something store bought into something fabulous in a fraction of the time.

Easy Marshmallow Meringue Frosting

Something to think about using with this frosting? Walkers Mince Pies, from our favorite shortbread cookie company. If I’m being 100% honest, I’d never had a mince pie before Walkers sent me some. I always thought a mince pie was something made with blackbird or crow (I read too much Laura Ingalls Wilder when I was a kid) so I had no idea that they’re actually a sweet treat, not savory. The citrus and raising filling is baked into Walkers famous shortbread crusts, so you know they have to be good.

Serving these pies alone would be fine, but serving them with a nice dollop of marshmallow meringue frosting all burnt and pretty? Even better!

Easy Marshmallow Meringue Frosting - this meringue tastes like a melted marshmallow and is the perfect way to dress up pies, cupcakes, and brownies!

What will you use this marshmallow meringue frosting recipe on? I like eating it off a spoon. 🙂

Marshmallow Meringue Frosting
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Servings: 12 servings

Easy Marshmallow Meringue Frosting

Prep Time:
8 mins
Cook Time:
7 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Marshmallow Meringue Frosting - this easy recipe tastes like a melted fluffy marshmallow! It's the perfect frosting recipe for cupcakes or to dress up pies, cookies, or brownies!


  • 4 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar


  1. Fill a saucepan with about 2-3 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Find a bowl that will fit on top of the pan without touching the water. (I like to use a glass bowl over a 2 Qt. saucepan.)
  2. Whisk the egg whites and the sugar in the bowl. Place it on top of the pan that’s over the boiling water (over medium-high heat). Whisk constantly for about 5-7 minutes, until the mixture reaches about 140°F. You can use a candy thermometer if you have one, or even a (clean) meat thermometer to measure the temperature.
  3. Immediately transfer the mixture to a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat at high speed for until stiff peaks form, about five minutes depending on your mixer. Your meringue is now ready! (You can also use a hand mixer but it will take a lot longer.)
  4. You can use this frosting for cupcakes, cakes, or even to frost Walker’s Mince Tarts. Frost as desired then use a kitchen blow torch to brown the edges. If you don’t have a blow torch, place the frosted items under the broiler just for a few minutes, rotating as needed, until toasted.

Recipe Video

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: frosting

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 serving) — Calories: 64, Sodium: 55mg, Carbohydrates: 13g, Sugar: 13g, Protein: 4g

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  1. I am still freaking out that today is December. Where did this year go? Your marshmallow meringue frosting looks phenomenal – I could just go to town with a spoon! (OK, who am I kidding – I’d use my fingers!) 🙂

  2. I’m going to semi-homemade the heck out of all of my desserts <— Good for you!!

    There is plenty of stress this time of year with deadlines, events, etc and the easier you make the rest of the things you can control, the better! I love your bit on cooking shows, you'd just install a mirror if you wanted to watch someone cook 🙂

  3. You are to funny.  I ate mincemeat as a child and loved it.  It had bits of roast beef I think but you didn’t notice it.  I to do not like meringue like they put on lemon pie but love lemon pie.  

    Where do you buy these pies at?  i would love to have a Christmas dinner.

    I finally decided to treat myself to two pairs of Tieks.  I have debated whether to buy after your great review and finally decided to go for it.  My daughter is buying a pair to after I told her about the review you had done.  Love your blog,

  4. Frosting looks great. I also miss so many of the older food network shows. I wish they would cut back with the competitions and bring back the shows that were more demonstration. 

  5. One of those amazing frostings for sure! Love your take on cooking shows – so funny about the mirror! 🙂

  6. Mmm! Looks so yummy! I had never heard of the “cooking” method before, but I am all for it! I hear salmonella is horrific. I also wanted a kitchen torch for Christmas, but my husband convinced me to use his industrial torch instead 🙂 Hope the house doesn’t go up in flames!

  7. Hi! this looks amazing! if i was to use this as frosting, approximately how long would it hold up for? would the texture change the next day? also would you recommend making it before hand but frosting/torching just before serving? thank you!

  8. As a Brit , I never thought I’d see a picture of a mince pie like that. Usually brandy sauce or cream or ice cream. Or even on their own. Hit or cold. I do love a good mince pie! Will be giving the recipe a go for a topping for a cake though. 

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