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Shamrock Meringue Cups Recipe

Shamrock Meringue Cups Recipe

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these cute treats. The recipe is a low-fat take on an old family-favorite lime pie. It's always a hit at potlucks and church suppers. —Jean Elimon, Thompsonville, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 can (14 ounces) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping
  • 2 to 3 drops green food coloring, optional
  • 20 green candied cherries

Directions

  • 1. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add the vanilla, salt and cream of tartar; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form.
  • 2. Drop meringue into 12 mounds on two parchment paper-lined baking sheets. With the back of a spoon, shape into 3-in. cups. Bake at 275° for 45-50 minutes or until set and dry. Turn off oven and do not open door; leave meringues in oven for 1 hour.
  • 3. In a small bowl, beat milk and lime juice until combined. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until set.
  • 4. Fold in whipped topping and food coloring if desired. Spoon 1/3 cup filling into each meringue cup. Cut 18 cherries in half and two into thin slivers; garnish each dessert with a shamrock shape. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 225 calories, 1 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.