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Chocolate-Filled Meringues

 Chocolate-Filled Meringues
"These lovely delicate meringue shells are easy to make, and their crisp texture is a perfect complement to the creamy chocolate filling," says Mary Lou Wayman from Salt Lake City, Utah.
6 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup whipped topping
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for
  • 30 minutes. Add the cream of tartar, vanilla and salt; beat on
  • medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1
  • tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar is
  • dissolved.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon meringue into six
  • mounds on paper. Using the back of a spoon, shape into 3-in. cups.
  • Bake at 300° for 35 minutes. Turn off oven and do not open door;
  • let meringues dry for 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, in a bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and

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Chocolate-Filled Meringues (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • cocoa until smooth and fluffy. Fold in whipped topping. Process the
  • strawberries in a blender or food processor until pureed. To serve,
  • spoon filling into meringue shells. Top with strawberry sauce.
  • Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 369 calories, 16 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 156 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.