Cookies that melt in your mouth and are practically fat-free—is it any wonder these crispy meringue morsels disappear as fast as I can whip them up? Friends and family love them. —Jo Ann Blomquest, Freeport, Illinois
- 4 large egg whites
- 1-1/4 cups sugar
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/3 cup chopped pitted dates
- 1/3 cup chopped candied cherries
- Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and the sugar is dissolved. Fold in the walnuts, dates and cherries.
- Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 300° for 20-30 minutes or until firm to the touch. Cool for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 6 dozen.
Originally published as Cherry Kisses in Country Woman March/April 2004, p41
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