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Martha Washington Pies Recipe

Martha Washington Pies Recipe

This recipe was handed down to me by my mother. It's so easy to make and always gets compliments. I like topping the nutty meringues with strawberries at Christmas, and I use peaches during the summer. —Ginger Clark of Hinesville, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + standing YIELD:9 servings


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltines (about 12 crackers)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2/3 cup reduced-fat whipped topping


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved.
  • 2. Fold in nuts, crackers and vanilla. Drop by rounded 1/3 cupfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Shape into 3-1/2-in. rounds with the back of a spoon.
  • 3. Bake at 300° for 25-30 minutes or until set. Turn oven off; leave in oven with door closed for 2 hours. Toss strawberries with the remaining sugar; spoon 2/3 cup into each shell. Dollop each with whipped topping. Yield: 18 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One serving equals 253 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 78 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.