Life in the A-Frame

Life in the A-Frame

Monday, June 1, 2009

Forgotten cookies

I needed to make something to take to our Church's annual fishing party-something I could make in the morning before we went to church-and that would be ready by that afternoon. Also, I wanted it to be easy and not time consuming on my part. I happened to think of these meringue cookies. You whip egg whites with sugar, add chocolate and pecans and put them in a hot oven. Then you turn off the oven and forget about them.
2 egg whites at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped chocolate
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with foil or parchment paper. Beat the egg whites until foamy then add the cream of tartar. Beat the eggs until fluffy and start adding the sugar a few tablespoons at a time. When you have added 1/2 the sugar, add the vanilla. Continue beating and adding sugar. Beat until the meringue is very glossy. Stir in the nuts and chocolate. Drop by tablespoons full. Put the cookie sheets in the hot oven and then turn the oven off. Leave at least 2 hours, but overnight is best. (I left mine for about 8 hours and they were perfect)

These are fairly delicate, so don't let your husband play around with them too much. No, seriously, just store them in an airtight container and they will last for a very long time. If the weather is humid, it may affect the meringues and make them chewy.
Note that if you leave out the chocolate and nuts, they will still be delicious and completely fat free.


KathyB. said...

I LOVE meringue cookies and they are not too calorie laden either! I like to justify eating a whole batch within a few hours by telling people they don't keep well, gotta eat them up!

Kristi said...

Yum!!! How fun to have an annual church fishing day...fabulous idea!

Mount Belly Mama said...

Yum! I am going to try this tomorrow! I think I will "forget" them when I go run errands so I can have yummy stuff when I get back! Thanks!

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