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Cream Cheese Cherry Meringue Pie

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling

Makes

8-10 servings

People are surprised to hear this pie's meringue crust features saltines. The cream cheese and cherry pie filling make this dessert extra special.

Ingredients

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltines (about 12 crackers)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat egg whites and vinegar on medium speed until soft peaks form, Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Fold in the cracker crumbs, pecans, baking powder and vanilla.
  2. Spread onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased deep dish 9-in. pie plate. Bake at 350° for 14-18 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Cool on wire rack (meringue shell will fall in center).
  3. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon into meringue shell. Top with pie filling. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 280 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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