Spumoni Meringues

I must admit that I go to great lengths to create spectacular dishes during the holidays to serve to my family and closest friends. This is so simple, yet so elegant. If you love spumoni ice cream as much as I do, you'll love this holiday dessert. Kids certainly do!

Meringue shells
3 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
Dash of salt
1 cup sugar
1 pint spumoni ice cream
Finely crushed graham cracker crumbs

Have egg whites at room temperature. Add vanilla extract, cream of tartar and salt. Beat until frothy. Gradually add sugar, a little at a time, beating until very stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Cover cookie sheet with waxed paper.

Using large pastry bag with tube, form 5 meringues by filling in a circle and building up sides to make a ‘cup' to hold ice cream. Use ½ cup of mixture for each meringue. Heat oven to 275 degrees and bake for 1 hour. Let dry in oven for 1 additional hour.

Fill cooled meringues with ice cream and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs.