Forgotten Cookies

 

meringue2A very good friend made these cookies for my family as a Christmas gift and she gave me the recipe.  These are literally no fail cookies.  Even the worst of cooks could make these masterfully, I am certain!  The only must do’s are don’ts – don’t open the oven while it ‘cooks’ and don’t overbeat the egg whites.

When done, these are the lightest cookies, the are very fragile, crumble easily and are not a good shippable cookie.  You can really dress them up though by using an icing tube to pipe the mixture out and give it a distinctive look.  And they aren’t a ‘typical’ cookie, so they always become a conversation piece at pot lucks and gatherings.  You can also set them into almond bark or melted chocolate after baked to give it a little more pep, not that they need them.

Ingredients

2 egg whites

2/3 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup nut meat (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Beat egg whites until stiffened.
  • Slowly add sugar, salt and vanilla.
  • Add nut meat.
  • Line cookie sheet with aluminium foil.
  • Drop cookie mixture on sheets with a large spoon.
  • Place in oven and turn off the heat.
  • Leave cookies in the oven for 8 hours.  Do not open the oven during this time.
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