Classic Forgotten Cookies With Variations

forgotten cookies with chocolate chips
Forgotten cookies with meringue and chocolate chips. Diana Rattray
  • 10 hrs 7 mins
  • Prep: 7 mins,
  • Cook: 10 hrs
  • Yield: About 48 Servings
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They may be called "forgotten," but once you try them, you'll remember these tasty cookies for a while!

The name "Forgotten Cookies" comes from the baking process: you "forget" about the cookies and leave them in the oven overnight (after turning the oven off, of course!). The cookies continue to bake in the oven as it slowly cools down.

Feel free to use mini chips or toffee bits instead of the semisweet chocolate chips. See more variations below the recipe.

What You'll Need

  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4).  
  2. Cover a cookie sheet with foil and grease it with butter.
  3. Beat the egg whites until foamy.
  4. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks
  5. Add salt and vanilla. Blend well.
  6. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips.
  7. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  8. Put the cookies in the oven, and then turn the oven off.
  9. Leave the cookies in the oven overnight (keep the door closed so the heat doesn't escape too quickly) or about 10 hours.

    If you like these Classic Forgotten Cookies, try out the variations below.

    Chocolate Forgotten Cookies 

    Beat 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa into the egg whites along with the sugar.

    Mint Chocolate Chip Forgotten Cookies 

    Omit the vanilla and add 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract to the egg whites with a drop or two of green food coloring.

    Toffee Forgotten Cookies

    Replace the chocolate chips with milk chocolate toffee bits.

    Looking for More Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes?

    Try these other classic cookies.

    Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies