Cranberry-Orange Chocolate Meringues

Meringue shells placed on cranberry and orange sauce, and filled with cream cheese and Yoplait® yogurt make a delightful dessert!

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 4 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 15
  • servings 8

Ingredients

Meringue Shells

3
egg whites
1
teaspoon vanilla
1/4
teaspoon cream of tartar
Dash salt
1
cup sugar
1/4
cup unsweetened Dutch processed baking cocoa

Cranberry-Orange Sauce

1
bag (12 oz) fresh cranberries (3 cups)
1/2
cup water
1/3
cup sugar
Juice of 1 medium orange (1/3 to 1/2 cup)
1
can (11 oz) mandarin orange segments, drained
3/4
cup chopped walnuts

Filling

1
package (8 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
1
container (6 oz) Yoplait® Light orange cream yogurt
1
teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 Heat oven to 275°F. Line cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper or heavy brown paper.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat egg whites, vanilla, cream of tartar and salt with electric mixer on high speed until foamy. Beat in 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time; continue beating until stiff peaks form and mixture is glossy (do not underbeat). Sift cocoa; fold into egg white mixture. Drop meringue by 1/3 cupfuls onto cookie sheet. Shape into 3-inch circles, building up sides with back of spoon.
  • 3 Bake 1 hour. Turn off oven; leave meringues in oven with door closed 1 hour. Finish cooling at room temperature, about 2 hours.
  • 4 Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, cook cranberries, water and 1/3 cup sugar over medium heat, stirring frequently, until cranberries pop and sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat; stir in orange juice, oranges and 1/2 cup of the walnuts. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Cover; refrigerate until serving time.
  • 5 In small bowl, beat filling ingredients with wire whisk until smooth. Cover; refrigerate until serving time.
  • 6 To serve, spoon 1 teaspoon cranberry-orange sauce in center of each dessert plate. Top with meringue shell. Spoon about 2 tablespoons filling into each shell. Top with about 1/2 cup cranberry-orange sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup walnuts.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    370
    (
    Calories from Fat
    130),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    14g
    14%
    (Saturated Fat
    4 1/2g,
    4 1/2%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    20mg
    20%;
    Sodium
    150mg
    150%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    53g
    53%
    (Dietary Fiber
    4g
    4%
      Sugars
    45g
    45%
    ),
    Protein
    7g
    7%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    15%;
    Vitamin C
    15%;
    Calcium
    8%;
    Iron
    6%;
    Exchanges:
    0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 1/2 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    3 1/2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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