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Cherry-Chocolate Coconut Meringues Recipe
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Cherry-Chocolate Coconut Meringues Recipe

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Dried cherries lend sweetness and texture to these easy holiday meringue cookies. They’re simply delicious and very low in fat. They also provide a great light dessert for those family members on a gluten-free diet. —Mary Shivers, Ada, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Dash salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/4 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, finely chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 42 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1/2 starch.

Directions

  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Add extract and salt; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Combine confectioners' sugar and cocoa; beat into egg white mixture. Fold in coconut and cherries.
  3. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 25-28 minutes or until firm to the touch. Cool completely on pans on wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3 dozen.
Editor's Note: Look for unsweetened coconut in the baking or health food section.
Originally published as Cherry-Chocolate Coconut Meringues in Healthy Cooking December/January 2012, p31

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 42 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1/2 starch.

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Reviewed Aug. 26, 2012

Great! I used mixed berries and cherries. The chopped up fruit and coconut gives these a bit more body and texture than some meringue cookie recipes.

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