With just one calorie, these meringue cookies have 4 ingredients: egg whites, cream of tarter, zero calorie sugar, and sugar free jello powder.Jump to Recipe
Welcome back!! For those of you who are new here, welcome! I’m sharing on this blog as many high volume, low calorie recipes as I can. Not only is it helping me stick to my weight loss, but also I hope it helps you as well!
And these cookies are hands down, the lowest calorie cookie I have made to date! This recipe has only 1 calorie per cookie! Plus, it has 0 grams protein, 0 grams carbs, and 0 grams fat, because those macronutrients are all less than one.
However, if you eat the entire batch, which I did of course, the full recipe contains 77 calories 15 g protein and 4 carbs for all the cookies!! I ate these like a bowl full of popcorn!
Healthy Substitutions for this recipe
Most meringue cookies are low in calories, until you add the sugar. Meringue recipes starts innocently enough, by whipping some high protein, low calorie, egg whites and cream of tarter till you get the “stiff peaks”. (see my video in the recipe card below!)
With just the egg whites and cream of tarter, there’s almost no calories, yet the volume can be quite substantial!
Where the cookie becomes high in calories is when you add the sugar at this point. A typical Meringue cookie recipe will have a cup of sugar for 4 egg whites, giving you 854 calories for the full recipe.
Mine on the other hand, uses zero calorie sugar. This way you get the same flavor, without the calories. Since this full recipe is 77 calories, that’s a savings of 777 calories for the full batch.
Total calories saved = 777 calories
How to make this recipe
Making meringue cookies is simple, but it does take practice! So, if your cookies don’t turn out with the first try, try and try again! You won’t regret it. I’ve been making this a lot to curb my sweet cravings, without ruining my diet! (currently trying to compete in another bikini show this summer! See my last bikini show here.
Besides the low calories, the other thing I LOVE about this recipe is using the sugar free strawberry jello! The flavored Jello packets are bursting with flavor, without the calories. You can use any flavor here, but the strawberry was delicious!
So, in total, I used
- 4 egg whites. This should be from whole eggs. Egg white liquid doesn’t seem to whip into stiff peaks the way a fresh egg can.
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
At this point, you can add the rest of the ingredients, or you can whip just the egg whites and cream of tarter until stiff peaks form. This takes awhile. In fact, I’ve spent 5-10 minutes on whipping egg whites.
Then, you can add,
- 1 tablespoon zero cal monk sugar (I like baking with the Lakanto from Costco)
- 1 tablespoon Sugar free strawberry Jello powder (generic brands work just as well!)
Then, after the egg whites and sweeteners are combined and stiff, I like to fill a piping bag so my meringue cookies can be squeezed onto a cookie sheet and be uniform in size. I use the largest star tip, and some piping bags.
Then, the key to perfect meringue cookies is to bake it low and slow. I baked at 200 degrees for 90 minutes. And then I left the cookies in the oven overnight to dry out. This gave me that “dissolve in your mouth” perfection!
If you can make 72 cookies with this batch, then each cookie will be 1 calorie.
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1 Calorie Meringue Cookies
- 4 medium egg whites
- 1 teaspoon cream of tarter
- 1 tablespoon Monk sugar
- 1 tablespoon Strawberry sugar free Jello packet
- Whip all ingredients until stiff peaks form.Fill a piping bag with Meringue. Pipe into small button size cookies.
- Bake at 200 degrees for 90.minutes. leave in oven. Turn off the heat and let sit in the oven for several hours or overnight.
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