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Strawberry Meringues

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  Egg whites 3
  Vanilla 1 Teaspoon
  Cream of tartar 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Dash
  Granulated sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Strawberries 1 Quart
  Granulated sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Semi-sweet chocolate square 2 Ounce (2 Squares)
  Butter/Margarine 2 Teaspoon
  Whipping cream 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Powdered sugar 2 Tablespoon

Place egg whites in small mixer bowl; let stand at room temperature about 1 hour.
Cover baking sheets with brown paper.
Draw eight 3-inch circles on brown paper.
For meringue combine egg whites, vanilla, cream of tartar and salt.
Beat till soft peaks form.
Gradually add 1 cup granulated sugar, beating till stiff peaks form.
Spread merinque over the 8 circles, using about 1/3 cup for each.
Using back of spoon, shape into shells.
Bake in 300° oven for 35 minutes.
For crisper merinque shells, turn off oven; dry merinque shells in oven with door closed about 1 hour.
Peel off brown paper.
Halve strawberries; sweeten with a little granulated sugar, if desired.
Melt chocolate and butter; cool.
Combine whipping cream and powdered sugar; beat till stiff peaks form.
To assemble, drizzle about 1 teaspoon of the cooled chocolate mixture over each shell.
Reserve about 1/2 cup of the whipped cream for garnish; divide remainder evenly among the shells.
Top with the halved strawberries.
Garnish with reserved whipped cream.

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Strawberry Meringues Recipe