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This is an old Portuguese recipe that my Vovo taught me how to make. It is great for the typical huge Portuguese family party or reunion, it is a very light meringue cookie, it is very simple, but I insist that you use an electric egg beater. This is very sweet, and has a hint of citrus flavor to it. If you don't use an electric egg beater, it will take you hours to prepare it!

1
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
Servings:
30
Yield:
30 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 large egg whites

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup orange juice

  • 1 ¾ cups white sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the egg whites, salt, orange juice and sugar. Use an electric mixer to beat the mixture until it is extremely thick. If you have a whisk attachment, it will work well for this. To test if the mixture is ready, shake the bowl. If the meringue barely moves, or doesn't move at all, it is ready. If not, keep on mixing. Spoon evenly sized mounds of the meringue, about 1 tablespoon, onto the prepared baking sheets.

  3. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the edges are light brown all the way around. Handle them very gently, they are delicate. Allow to cool on the baking sheet. Remove to a large platter, and serve them to your big Portuguese family.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

75 Calories
2g Fat
12g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 67mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 31mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.