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Surprise Meringues

 Surprise Meringues
These crisp, delicate cookies are light as a feather. Mini chocolate chips and chopped nuts are a delightful and yummy surprise in every bite. Mom knows this fun dessert is a fitting finale to a big meal.
48 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand for 30 minutes. Add the
  • vanilla, cream of tartar and salt; beat on medium speed until soft
  • peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on
  • high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved, about 6
  • minutes. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined
  • baking sheets. Bake at 250° for 40-45 minutes or until firm to
  • the touch. Turn oven off; leave meringues in oven for 1-1/2 hours.
  • Remove to wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 4
  • dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 35 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.