Thursday, December 15, 2011

Date-Nut Meringue Balls

1 cup chopped dates, finely ground
½ cup walnuts, finely ground
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 egg whites
2/3 cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
Red & green food coloring

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine dates, walnuts, and vanilla in small bowl; mix well. Shape into 3/4” balls. Place in refrigerator for 10- to 20-minutes.
In small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Stir in vanilla, and divide into half or more. Tint one part green, one red and so on until all meringue is tinted used. Drop balls one at a time into meringue; coat well and remove. Place on a well-greased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Use the back of a spoon to swirl the top of each date-nut meringue ball.
Position rack to the middle of the oven. Bake at 200ยบ for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Turn oven off and leave door closed for 1 to 2 hours.

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