These deconstructed cherry crisps make easy work of a summer dinner party dessert. Impressively elegant-looking but crazy simple to pull off--the compote, thyme-shortbread crumble, and toasted meringue toppers can be made ahead.
Prepare and store crumb topper in an airtight container at room temperature up to 24 hours. Prepare cherry filling, cool 30 minutes, then cover and chill overnight; reheat before serving. Chill meringue topper up to 4 hours before toasting or up to 2 hours after toasting.
Spread one 13-ounce container marshmallow creme to form a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle. Broil as in Step 4.
If you're making mini crisps, drop meringue by spoonfuls. If serving family-style, spread into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle, swirl, and let guests scoop their own.