These meringue-like cookies are called Forgotten Cookies because they sit in the oven for so long, they are easily forgotten about. A classic holiday cookie, these are especially popular with the younger set (or the young at heart :).
2 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
6 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips (about 1 cup)
1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Beat egg whites until stiff. Add sugar slowly and gradually (by the Tablespoon full). Beat at high speed for 5 minutes (important!). Fold in vanilla, chocolate chips and pecans.
Drop from a teaspoon onto a baking sheet lined with greased foil or parchment paper. (Don’t make them too big, or they won’t dry properly). Put in oven and turn off heat. Leave overnight or at least 8 hours.
Makes about 3 dozen meringue-like cookies.
** You can add a few drops of food colouring (with the vanilla, nuts and chips) if you like. Red and Green for Christmas or make them pink for Valentine’s.
Cherry and Almond – Fold in 1 cup chopped, drained maraschino cherries and 1 cup chopped almonds.
Chocolate – Beat in 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa and 2 teaspoons vanilla.
Citrus – Beat in 2 Tablespoons grated orange peel, 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract and a few drops yellow food colouring.
Mint Chocolate Chip – Beat in 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract and a few drops green food colouring. Fold in 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels.