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.
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4).
- Cover a cookie sheet with foil and grease it with butter.
- Beat the egg whites until foamy.
- Gradually add the sugar and continue beating the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks.
- Add salt and vanilla. Blend well.
- Stir in pecans and chocolate chips.
- Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
- Put the cookies in the oven, and then turn the oven off.
- 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.