Ever on the lookout for a great tasting cookie I came across these sweet meringue treats called forgotten kisses. I found an easy recipe on foodnetwork.com. Made them once we got past the rainy days a week or so ago. If you can whip egg whites, you can make these beauties. They have chocolate chips and walnuts in them but if you look at the comments you will see that folks add many different spins and flavors. They keep really well too. I put some in my cookie jar four days ago and they still taste as though they were just baked.
I froze some for later. My Christmas cookie list just got longer with this beauty added on! Thank goodness hey are simple and they keep well. I used slightly less than the sugar amount here and my version has less chocolate chips in it. They seem pretty chocolaty to me just as I made them. My whole house smelled like a chocolate factory while they were baking.
2 egg whites, room temp
½ tsp. cream of tarter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¾ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
¾ to 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
Directions: Heat oven to 350. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Beat egg whites until frothy with electric mixer (I used a stand mixer), add cream of tarter, keep beating until fluffy. Then add the sugar a tbsp or two at a time. Add the vanilla when half to all of the sugar is incorporated. Beat until shiny and stiffly peaked when you put a spoon in. If it gets a chunky look you have overbeaten it, not a good thing. Stand mixers are so powerful they can do just that so watch it closely; has to have stiff peaks and look shiny but don’t keep going or you will have the overbeaten which is a no no. The opposite is bad too; if the egg whites are not beaten to a stiff peak the cookies will flatten out and not look right. When it looks ready, fold in the nuts and chips with a spatula. Use two spoons to put tablespoons of batter on a baking sheet 1 inch apart. Mine made about 30 (15 on a sheet) cookies. I did use a mixture of semi sweet and dark chocolate; was incredible tasting!
Bake at 350 degrees for five minutes, turn off oven, and leave for 2 hours up to 8 total hours. If your oven is gas you should probably reheat it after an hour back up to the 300 degrees and let them cool in the closed oven for that second hour. Do not open the oven door for any reason before 2 hours is up.
Here is the original recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/meringue-cookies-forgotten-kisses-recipe.html
Be sure to read the comments for other flavor ideas. I know I will be trying a few of them.