I'm so excited to share these amazing cookies with you.....this is a recipe we got from my husbands Grandma Leveritt and they are his all-time favorite cookies! They are called "forgotten" cookies because you put them together and then forget about them....really! After you prepare the cookies you place them in a pre-heated oven and turn it off. The hard part is waiting until the next morning to take them out of the oven. Don't worry about the egg whites not cooking all the way.....the pre-heated oven takes care of it, and you are left with a light and fluffy cookie in the morning!
One thing I will say about these cookies is that it is important you beat the egg whites to the right consistency. So, the point is, if you are using a hand mixer try to use your whisk attachment on it....if not it will take a good while to beat the egg whites until they are "stiff" enough. If you have a Kitchen Aid, like I do now, use the whisk attachment, turn it on high and walk away for a minute or two. When you return you will have light and fluffy egg whites! And the most important part....don't forget to turn off the oven when you put the cookies in!
Betty Sue's Forgotten Cookies
You will need:
-2 egg whites
-pinch of salt
-2/3 cup sugar
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 cup chopped pecans
-1 cup semi sweet chocolate morsels
*Pre heat oven to 350. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
*In a large mixing bowl beat egg whites and salt with an electric mixer (on high) until a stiff peak forms (egg whites will be pretty fluffy looking)
*Add sugar and beat again. Add vanilla and beat again for about a minute.
*Gently stir in pecans and chocolate chips. Try not to stir them too hard so they will stay fluffy.
*Drop by spoonful onto parchment paper and place in the oven. TURN OVEN OFF AS SOON AS YOU PUT THE COOKIES IN!
*Leave cookies in the oven overnight for at least 8 hours
Note: I've doubled this recipe before and had to use 2 baking sheets....place one on the center rack and the other on the rack underneath, and it works just fine!