"When I tasted this pretty dessert at a luncheon, I had to have the recipe," shares Maria Hull, Bartlett, Illinois. For variety, she suggests experimenting with different flavors of cookies or ice cream.
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- 1 cup vanilla ice cream
- 2 sugar cookies (3 inches)
- 2 egg whites
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
- Scoop 1/2 cup of ice cream onto each cookie. Freeze until firm. In a small heavy saucepan or double boiler, combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar. With a portable mixer, beat on low speed for 1 minute. Continue beating over low heat until egg mixture reaches 160°, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat; beat until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved.
- Place cookies on a baking sheet. Immediately spread meringue over ice cream, sealing to edges of cookie. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until the meringue is lightly browned. Serve immediately. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Cookie Baked Alaska in Cooking for 2 Winter 2005, p63
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