I tried to find some history to tell you about meringue cookies, but everything on the internet that included "meringue" was about the dance. Maybe you can dance the meringue while waiting for your Forgotten Cookies.
These are not super healthy, but they do have protein and are low in fat and maybe better to snack on once in a while than some sweet treats. Most people have probably made or eaten Forgotten Cookies. I'm not sure where the recipe originated, but my mom used to make them and for some reason, knowing they were in the oven for hours and hours made them seem mysterious and exciting. The crisp meringue melts in your mouth and the rich chocolate surprise in the center is wonderful!
Mine are not so pretty. If you want beautiful meringues, leave out the chocolate chips and pipe them with a large cake-decorating tip.
2 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup semi-sweet (dark) chocolate chips
Heat the oven to 350ºF. Turn off the oven. Whip the egg whites, salt and sugar together until stiff. Fold in the chocolate chips and vanilla.
Plop by spoonful on a cookie sheet (if you want you can line it with wax paper).
Put the cookies in the oven and leave them there for at least six hours or overnight. When they are extremely dry and crisp, they are done. If they stick to the pan it is because they are still too gooey. Let them dry completely. Store them in the open air or cover with a paper towel.
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