Very Cherry Meringue Dessert is just as pretty as it is delicious. Its, soft and crunchy, creamy and dreamy and It’s perfect for any occasion.
On Father’s Day, I gave John the choice between a couple of desserts that he’d never had before. Now if you’ve been reading for a while, you know that both John and I love our desserts, particularly chocolate. We have that in common. It’s what keeps our marriage strong. The difference is John would pick meringue over chocolate. When I pitched my grandmother’s Very Cherry Meringue Dessert to him he was all in.
The recipe that I have is handwritten by my grandmother and it’s noted that she got it from one of her lady friends named Doris Pauley. When searching the world wide web, I found several recipes but none quite like this one. Even John was skeptical when I baked my meringue layer for an hour and then turned off the oven and told him not to open it for 12 hours.
When the Meringue comes out of the oven you may see a few cracks, but, believe it or not, it’s still softish in the center. It’s covered with a creamy layer and the whole thing is topped with a combination of cherry pie filling and frozen raspberries so it doesn’t matter if there were a couple of cracks. They’ve been covered in yumminess! Make sure you get the raspberries that aren’t frozen in juice. You don’t want a thin topping. I also got the unsweetened package of raspberries which made a great sweet-tart combination.
When we sat down to dinner with John’s parents and our daughter to enjoy our Very Cherry Meringue Dessert, all skepticism went right out the window. The meringue was tender with a slight crunch. The cream cheese layer was sweet and dreamy. The whole thing was topped off with the cherry pie filling-raspberry mix. There are a couple of steps but it is really easy to make. You can put the meringue layer together and finish it up the next day. To be honest, my meringue was in the oven probably closer to 15 hours.
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Very Cherry Meringue Dessert
- 6 egg whites
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1-1/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups whipped topping
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 20 oz cherry pie filling can
- 12 oz raspberries package frozen unsweetened
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
- In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and beat until peaks start to form. Add sugar and beat until stiff and glossy. Pour into a well-greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 60 minutes. Turn oven off and leave pan in the oven for 12 hours or overnight.
- Beat cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar together. Fold in whipped topping and marshmallows. Spread over the Meringue layer. Refrigerate for 3 hours or longer. Prepare the topping.
- Mix cherry Pie filling with frozen raspberries. Refrigerate until serving.
- Cut dessert into squares and top with cherry mixture. Refrigerate leftovers.
Doesn’t this dessert look like it’s ready for the Valentine’s Day, 4th of July, or a Black Tie party? I’m sure it will be on John’s future dessert request list and he will not get any complaints from me! I kept up with him finishing the whole thing off!
If you’re still looking for a creamy dreamy dessert here are a few more that we love!