Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–café quick casual restaurants in the United States and Canada that sells breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other bakery items. This site will provide copycat recipes and recipes using products sold at the Panera Bread restaurants. Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery cafes in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe brands.

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Lemon Pecan Meringue Cookies



Lemon Pecan Meringue Cookies
Panera Bread Recipe


½ cup pecans
3 egg whites, at room temperature
Pinch of cream of tartar
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put pecans on a baking sheet and toast in oven, shaking pan once or twice, until nuts smell fragrant, about 5 minutes. Cool and finely chop. Reduce oven temperature to 200 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or foil.

Put egg whites and cream of tartar in the clean bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium speed until whites form soft peaks when beaters are lifted, 3 to 4 minutes. Gradually add sugar, beating until whites hold stiff peaks when beaters are lifted, 3 to 4 minutes more. Fold in toasted nuts, lemon zest, and vanilla. Spoon meringue into a large ziplock bag, cut off a small piece of a corner, and squeeze meringue into 1 1/2-inch rounds on baking sheets.

Bake without opening the oven door for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn off oven and let meringues sit in the oven until cool, at least 1 hour or as long as overnight (you can turn off the oven just before going to bed and let the cookies cool in there until morning). Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for about a day. The cookies will keep longest if the humidity is low.

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