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Strawberry Meringue Desserts

 Strawberry Meringue Desserts
When time is short, use thawed whipped topping instead of making sweetened whipped cream. —Susan Maraffa, North Lima, Ohio
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 teaspoons shortening
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 5 cups fresh strawberries
  • Chocolate syrup

Directions

  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Draw twenty-four 4-in. x
  • 2-1/2-in. rectangles on the paper; set aside.
  • For meringue, in a large bowl, beat the egg whites, 1 teaspoon
  • vanilla, cream of tartar and salt on medium speed until soft peaks
  • form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until
  • stiff peaks form.
  • Insert a #12 round pastry tip in a pastry bag or heavy-duty plastic
  • bag. Fill bag with meringue. Pipe meringue in long rows on
  • rectangles until each is completely filled. Bake at 250° for 1
  • hour or until set and dry. Turn oven off; leave meringues in oven
  • for 1 hour.

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Strawberry Meringue Desserts (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Remove from the oven and cool on baking sheets. When cooled
  • completely, remove meringues from paper and store in an airtight
  • container at room temperature.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until
  • smooth. Spread 1 tablespoon over each meringue. Let stand until
  • chocolate is set.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Gradually add
  • confectioners' sugar and remaining vanilla, beating on high until
  • stiff peaks form.
  • Set aside 12 strawberries; cut remaining strawberries into 1/4-in.
  • slices. Place 12 meringues on a flat serving platter. Spread each
  • with 2 tablespoons whipped cream; top with sliced strawberries.
  • Spread each with 2 tablespoons whipped cream. Top with remaining
  • meringues and whipped cream. Loosely cover; refrigerate for up to 2
  • hours.
  • Just before serving, drizzle with chocolate syrup. Cut reserved
  • strawberries in half. Arrange cut side down over whipped cream.
  • Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 311 calories, 20 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 48 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.