Our traditional Valentine's Day dessert
3 large egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
2 cup cool whip
1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
1 can cherry pie filling
1 cup mini marshmallows (optional)
Heat oven to 275*F. Cover baking sheet with heavy brown paper (grocery bag); draw outline of heart, 9 in across greatest width, on paper. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Beat in 3/4 cup of sugar 1Tbsp at a time; continue beating until stiff and glossy. Do not underbeat. Spoon meringue into outline on paper, building up sides.
Bake 1 1/2 hours. Turn off oven; leave meringue in oven with door closed 1 hour. Remove from oven; finish cooling away from draft.
Blend cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and extract. Fold in cool whip and marshmallows. Pile into meringue shell. Cover and chill. Just before serving top with pie filling. Cut and serve. Enjoy!