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Chocolate-Filled Meringue

 Chocolate-Filled Meringue
Joan Totton's favorite dessert for the Christmas season has a nutty, chewy crust and dark chocolate filling that's not too sweet. "I'm proud to serve it, and my guests love the rich taste," reports the Stanfield, Oregon cook.
8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, optional
  • FILLING:
  • 2 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each)
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Additional whipped cream, optional

Directions

  • In a bowl, beat egg whites, vanilla, cream of tartar and salt until
  • soft peaks form. Gradually add sugars, beating until stiff peaks
  • form. Fold in pecans. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-in. pie
  • plate, leaving top edge ungreased. Spread meringue onto the bottom
  • and up the sides of prepared plate. Build up top edge. Bake at
  • 350° for 20-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire
  • rack.

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Chocolate-Filled Meringue (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • If chocolate stars are desired, melt chocolate chips. Transfer
  • chocolate to a small heavy-duty resealable bag; cut a small hole in
  • one corner of bag. On a waxed paper-lined baking sheet, pipe
  • chocolate into star shapes. Refrigerate until firm, about 15
  • minutes. When ready to serve, carefully remove stars with a metal
  • spatula.
  • For filling, in a heavy saucepan, combine candy bars, unsweetened
  • chocolate and water. Cook and stir over low heat until melted. Pour
  • into a large bowl; cool to room temperature. Stir in vanilla. Fold
  • in whipped cream; pour into the crust. Top with additional whipped
  • cream and chocolate stars if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 298 calories, 23 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 111 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.