Marvelous Meringues

How does an egg white do that?! Make delicious treats while learning a little science of cooking.

  • Target Age:  3-5 
  • Subject: science, cooking
  • Related Episode: The Truth About George Burgers


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • mixing bowl
  • electric mixer
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • wooden spoon
  • 2 table spoons
  • greased baking sheet
  • oven preheated to 250°


Beating egg whites causes an amazing change. When you add sugar and bake, more changes happen...and you get a delicious cookie!

Try this simple recipe with your child. As you cook, talk about the importance of following the directions. Make predictions, observations, and discoveries together. Ask:What do you think is going to happen? What changes do you notice? Why do you think that happened?

1. Separate: Carefully separate the yolks from each egg, allowing just the whites to fall into your mixing bowl. (If you don't have an egg separator, just pass the yolk back and forth between the two halves of the broken shell until all the white has fallen into the bowl.)

2. Beat: Beat the egg whites until stiff. (See photo above.) Next, slowly beat in the sugar and vanilla. Finally, gently fold in the chocolate chips.

3. Cook: Drop small spoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake in your preheated oven at 250° for 45-50 minutes (or until crisp).

Take it Further

Hard-boiled, soft-boiled, fried, and scrambled — each kind of cooked egg has a different texture and taste. Over several days, let your child help you make eggs in a number of ways. Taste them. Talk about the parts of the eggs and where eggs come from. Ask your child to describe ways the eggs change when they are cooked. Discuss how boiled eggs, fried eggs, and scrambled eggs are similar and different.

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