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Swiss Meringue Shells

Folks will know you fussed when you bring out these sweet, cloud-like cups topped with fresh berries (or a tart fruit filling if you like). Crisp outside and chewy inside, these meringues from the American Egg Board makes an elegant ending to a company dinner.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + standing Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Berries of your choice
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, optional


  • Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add vanilla 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 glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved.
  • Drop 8 mounds onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Shape into 3-in. cups with the back of a spoon. Bake at 225° until set and dry, 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Turn oven off; leave meringues in oven for 1 hour.
  • Cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Fill shells with berries; garnish with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 80 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 21mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • germanycook
    Mar 13, 2014

    Made these yesterday and they are so yummy. A perfect light dessert for springtime! I haven't served them yet but am going to put whipped cream and raspberries in them. By the way I doubled the recipe, and it made 24 rounds.

  • Yanna Blagaslavyiet
    Oct 18, 2011

    These are wonderful!!! I've made them a few times now, used less sugar (and also tried folded in toasted, finely chopped nuts) added some almond extract and filled them with caramelized pears and whipped cream drizzled with dark chocolate.... delish! also made it as a whole pie shell and filled with homemade chocolate ice cream, served with whipped cream and caramel sauce, also fantastic. This method ensures they will be perfectly puffed and crispy all the way through.