Cherry Meringue Dessert Recipe
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Cherry Meringue Dessert Recipe

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Who can resist luscious cherries floating over a rich creamy layer tucked inside a crispy shell? This tempting dessert looks almost too good to eat, but don't let that stop you—it's sure to impress your sweetheart — Kay Curtis, Guthrie, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + cooling
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + cooling
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 426 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (54g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add cream of tartar; 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 sugar is dissolved.
  2. Spoon meringue onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Using the back of a spoon, form meringue into a 9-in. heart shape, building up edges slightly.
  3. Bake at 275° for 1-1/2 hours. Turn oven off and do not open door; leave meringue in oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven; cool completely.
  4. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Fold in whipped cream until mixture is well blended. To serve, place heart on a serving platter; fill with cream cheese mixture and top with pie filling. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Cherry Meringue Dessert in Taste of Home February/March 1997, p37

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homemaker27 User ID: 6063773 229088
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2015

"Made this back when it came out in the magazine. It was fabulous and not as complicated as it looks. Want to make again!!!"

abreendre User ID: 1799143 72698
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"Much easier than I thought it would be. It takes a lot of time in the oven, so plan ahead. Worth the time. It's light so we could eat with a big celebration dinner"

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