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Holiday Mint Meringues 

A low-calorie, low-fat holiday cookie. 

2 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 peppermint candy cane - red, crushed
1 spearmint candy cane - green, crushed

In a bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Sprinkle with cream of tartar and salt; beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes.

Drop by teaspoonfuls parchment paper-lined baking sheets; sprinkle half with crushed peppermint candy and half with spearmint candy. Bake at 225° for 1-1/2 hours. Turn off heat; leave cookies in the oven with the door slightly ajar for at least 1 hour or until cool. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Information Per Serving  
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Calories  21
Total fat (0 grams saturated fat) 0 grams
Protein 0grams
Carbohydrate 5 grams
Sodium 12 mg
Exchange: 3 cookies = 1 carbohydrate choice

Recipe contributed by Dean Dietitian Mary M. Hughes, RD, MS, CD.