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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 large 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), 0 cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.

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erinshea1982 User ID: 7151030 262043
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2017

"These are a favorite at our house! Sometimes I sub creme de menthe extract for the vanilla!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 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 User ID: 6108408 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 User ID: 5442808 48788
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"We love these"

cghsa User ID: 3342400 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 User ID: 809755 44380
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

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

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