Thursday, November 26, 2015

Forgotten Cookies

This is a favorite recipe of mine.  It is incredibly easy and yet you have to plan ahead.  For the cookies to be really good they have to sit in the oven over night.  Thus the name Forgotten Cookies.

Forgotten Cookies

2 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2/3 cup superfine granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or finely chopped semisweet chocolate

1 cup chopped freeze dried Raspberries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and beat until fluffy but not at all dry. (Be careful not to over beat.) Add the sugar gradually, about 3 tablespoons at a time. When 1/2 of the sugar has been added, add the vanilla extract. Continue beating and adding remaining sugar in batches, until all of the sugar is dissolved and the meringue is very shiny and tight. Gently fold in the chocolate chips and chopped Raspberries. Working one teaspoon at a time, push a teaspoonful of meringue from the tip of 1 teaspoon with the back of another teaspoon onto the lined baking sheets, leaving 1-inch of space between cookies. Place baking sheets in the preheated oven and turn the oven off. Leave the cookies (undisturbed) in the oven for at least 2 hours and up to overnight, or until cookies are crisp and dry.

*These are tasty with nuts added instead of the raspberries.  However the process for cooking isn't enough time to cook the nuts.  So if I'm adding nuts I chop them and toast them in the oven then let them cool before adding to the cookies.

** I've seen several pins on pinterest using the meringue to make Christmas trees.  Just add some green food coloring and pipe the meringue into trees.  For Halloween I have shaped them into ghost.

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