Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Don't forget about these cookies!

Cooking and baking sometimes gives us an excess of leftover egg whites. Instead of throwing them away, there are other solutions, like making these simple little cookies. They're one of my mom's specialties. She makes dozens of them every Christmas and they always turn out perfect. She tints half the cookies red and the other half green so they're very festive looking (they actually come out looking pink and pale green but they're still really pretty)! The name "Forgotten Cookies" comes from leaving them in the oven overnight after it's been turned off. They're crispy and light and delicious!
2 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup mint chocolate chips
food coloring
Beat eggs until stiff. Gradually add sugar. When egg whites are very stiff, fold in chocolate chips. You may add food coloring when you add chocolate chips. Drop from teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lower temperature to 200 degrees. Put cookies in oven. Turn oven off after 1/2 hour. Leave cookies in oven until cool. Makes about 4 dozen cookies, depending how large you make them. The hardest part is remembering to turn off the oven!

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