Nothing wows a crowd like a delicately swooped lemon meringue pie—but what’s meringue anyway? The French treat made from whipped egg whites and sugar is often served as a candy or part of a dessert. It can be baked for a long time at a low temperature to turn hard and crispy, or baked briefly at a high temperature to stay soft and fluffy. It can also be torched until brown and toasty, like a marshmallow. Whether you start with store-bought meringue cookies or whip up your own, here are 20 meringue recipes that prove the sweet deserves a spot on your table.