Shamrock Meringue Cups

Shamrock Meringue Cups

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

45 minutes

Serves

 
Shamrock Meringue Cups

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these cute treats from Jean Elimon in Thompsonville, Illinois. ‘The recipe is a low-fat take on an old family-favorite lime pie,’ Jean says. ‘It’s always a hit at potlucks and church suppers.’

This recipe courtesy of tasteofhome

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving equals 225 calories, 1 gram fat (1 gram saturated fat), 2 milligrams cholesterol, 110 milligrams sodium, 48 grams carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 grams protein.

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  • 1 Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • 2 Add the 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 until stiff peaks form.
  • 3 Drop meringue into 12 mounds on two parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  • 4 With the back of a spoon, shape into 3-inch cups.
  • 5 Bake at 275° for 45-50 minutes or until set and dry. Turn off oven and do not open door; leave meringues in oven for 1 hour.
  • 6 In a small bowl, beat milk and lime juice until combined. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until set.
  • 7 Fold in whipped topping and food coloring if desired. Spoon 1/3 cup filling into each meringue cup.
  • 8 Cut 18 cherries in half and two into thin slivers; garnish each dessert with a shamrock shape.

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