Valentine messages written on parchment strips are neatly tucked into each of these individual meringues. A fun dessert for kids.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Let egg whites stand, covered, in a large stainless-steel or glass mixing bowl at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile cover 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

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  • Preheat oven to 300 degree F. In a small mixing bowl stir together seedless raspberry jam (at room temperature) and 6 drops red food coloring. Set aside.

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  • In a small bowl, combine the superfine sugar and powdered sugar; set aside. Uncover eggs and add cream of tartar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Add sugar mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating for 5 to 7 minutes on medium speed or until stiff glossy peaks form (tips stand straight up) and sugar is dissolved.

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  • Use a spatula to gently fold 1/2 cup of the meringue mixture into the jam; then gently fold jam mixture into the remaining meringue.

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  • Using a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip, (Wilton 2 D) pipe the meringue into 2-inch freeform hearts, Xs and Os, on the parchment paper. Carefully tuck one end of each valentine message into each meringue.

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  • Place baking sheets in preheated oven. Turn off oven. Let meringues dry in oven, with door closed, for 1 hour or until dry and crisp but still light in color. Let cool on parchment paper. Gently remove meringues. Tuck each meringue into a paper bake cup.

Lemon Meringues:

Prepare as above, except omit red raspberry jam and red food coloring. Use a spatula to gently fold 1-1/2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel into meringue after it has reached stiff glossy peak stage. Proceed as directed above. Makes about 20 meringue cookies.

Nutrition Facts

23 calories; 0 g total fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 g polyunsaturated fat; 0 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 6 mg sodium. 9 mg potassium; 6 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 0 g protein; 0 IU vitamin a; 0 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 0 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 0 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 0 mg calcium; 0 mg iron;

Reviews (2)

21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: Unrated
02/14/2015
I followed directions exactly and meringues have not gotten crispy. I'm putting them back into a low oven to try to finish them off. I think they should have stayed in in the oven with the heat on for longer.
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03/29/2016
I had the same problem as Susanne - pretty sure the cooking instructions are wrong. I tried to fix them but though the flavour was nice, they were not crisp.