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Crispy Cereal Meringues

 Crispy Cereal Meringues
"Topped with creamy chocolate ribbons, these meringues are rich-tasting but feather-light," notes Beverly Albrecht of Beatrice, Nebraska. "You'll think you're biting into a decadent dessert that's off-limits, but it's not."
32 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups chocolate-flavored crisp rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon shortening

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until
  • soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until
  • stiff peaks form, about 6 minutes. Fold in cereal.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 1 in. apart onto baking sheets coated
  • with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 35-40 minutes or until firm
  • to the touch. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until
  • smooth. Transfer to a small resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole
  • in the corner of bag. Drizzle melted chocolate over meringues.
  • Place on waxed paper to set. Yield: 64 cookies.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (2 cookies) equals 43 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 43 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.