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Holiday Baked Alaska Recipe

With a gingersnap crust, minty ice cream filling and airy meringue topping, this treat is deliciously different. Chill for a day and bake just before serving.—Carole Halling, Batavia, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + freezing Bake: 5 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies (about 25 cookies)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 cups peppermint ice cream, softened
  • 2 tablespoons peppermint schnapps liqueur
  • 5 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon; set aside 1/3 cup. Press remaining crumb mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, combine ice cream, schnapps and reserved crumbs; spoon into crust. Freeze overnight or until firm.
  • 3. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar. With a hand mixer, beat on low speed for 1 minute. Continue beating over low heat until egg mixture reaches 160°, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; beat until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spread meringue over ice cream, sealing to edges of crust.
  • 4. Bake at 400° for 2-5 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 452 calories, 18 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 295 mg sodium, 64 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.