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Orange Cream Meringue Cups Recipe

As a change from heavy desserts, I like to serve crisp meringue cups filled with a creamy orange custard. The shells and filling can be made in advance; fill just before serving.—Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing YIELD:6 servings


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Orange segments, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugars, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form.
  • 2. Drop meringue into six mounds on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Shape into 3-in. cups with the back of a spoon.
  • 3. Bake at 250° for 45 minutes or until set and dry. Turn oven off; leave meringues in oven for 1-1/2 hours.
  • 4. In a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, whisk the egg yolks, sugar, orange juice, juice concentrate and peel. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Transfer to a small bowl; cool for 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  • 5. Just before serving, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Fold into egg yolk mixture just until blended. Spoon mixture into meringue cups. Garnish with orange segments if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 320 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 157mg cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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