Shamrock Meringue Cups
Happy Healthy Holidays!
These pretty meringue cups are a low-fat take on an old favorite, lime pie. Perfect treat for St. Patrick's Day!
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup sugar
1 can (14 ounces) fat free sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lime juice
2 cups reduced fat whipped topping
2 to 3 drops green food coloring, optional
20 green candied cherries
Place egg whites in a small mixing bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add vanilla, salt and cream of tartar; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high speed until stiff peaks form.
Drop meringue into 12 mounds on two parchment paper-lined baking sheets. With the back of a spoon, shape into 3-inch cups. Bake at 275 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes, or until set and dry. Turn off oven and do not open the door; leave meringues in oven for one hour.
In a small mixing bowl, beat milk and lime juice until combined. Cover and refrigerate for one hour or until set. Fold in whipped topping and food coloring if desired. Spoon 1/3 cup filling into each meringue cup. Cut 18 cherries in half and two into thin slivers; garnish each dessert with a shamrock shape, if desired.
Yield: 12 servings
Serving size: 1 meringue cup
Calories: 225; Protein: 4g; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Sodium: 110mg; Cholesterol: 2mg; Carbohydrates: 48g; Fiber: trace
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