Hump Day Snack: Christmas Mess with Christmas Tree Meringues

Merry Christmas to mid-week snackers everywhere! Since you’ll probably be trapped under a snowdrift of gift bags and Christmas ribbon for the next few hours, this will be brief.

If you’re still in need of a deceptively overachieving dessert for family dinner tonight, try this festive twist on Eton mess. The very name of this traditional English pudding implies how easy it is to assemble: Just pile generous layers of molasses-spiked strawberry sauce, nutmeg-infused whipped cream and tree-shaped meringues in a trifle dish and call it a day. It’s definitely a mess worth making, just like the chaotic gift-opening crime scene that is your living room right now. Read on for the winter-spiced recipe or play around with your own flavor combos, using Cooking Channel’s meringue recipes below as a guide. Merry mess-making!

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