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Surprise Meringues Recipe

Surprise Meringues Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min./batch + cooling YIELD:48 servings


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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 each: 35 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 0 starch.

Reviews for Surprise Meringues

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delowenstein 252223
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

"I made these cookies and they came out perfect! This recipe is par excellence! I took some to our facility hair salon today and the Surprise Meringues were well received! They're SO SIMPLE to make, too! delowenstein"

cici123 45328
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2012

"These were melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Note: It really makes about 70 cookies if you use tsp. to scoop them out. Was a bit of a problem for me to fit all 3 pans in my oven. The lower rack did not cook at the same rate and had to throw those out."

Leha 48788
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"We love these"

cghsa 47238
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2010

"This recipe has become a Christmas staple for me. The cookie is very light and taste's wonderful. It is also gluten free, so it is appropriate for any diet."

Sue777 44380
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"this was made by a co worker ..excellent"

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