Friday, December 6, 2019

One More Cookie Recipe (Just in Case) by Nancy Fraser

Three days in a row! How lucky can I get to be able to share some more old-lady Gems wisdom with our readers? The extent of that wisdom may be a little questionable, so perhaps we'll stick to a another quick and easy recipe for that holiday baking. Just in case you were one cookie short of having too many!

The "Forgotten Cookie" ... or as my mother used to call them ... the "Poor Man's Divinity". The beauty of these cookies is that you put them in the oven and forget them ... something I often do with other cookies when I shouldn't. I like to make these "forgotten cookies" at night just before I go to bed and then leave them overnight.

Nothing beats waking up to a fresh cookie for breakfast!

Forgotten Cookies
Makes 30-50 cookies depending on size


4 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 - 1 cup mini chocolate chips (or any chip really, or nuts, or chopped candied fruit)


1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Add vanilla to egg whites and beat with electric hand mixer until just foamy.
3. Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form.
4. Slowly add in sugar while continuing to beat until all sugar is added and tall stiff peaks have formed. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
5. Portion out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (they don’t need to be spaced out much). A small cookie scoop works best.
6. Place all cookies into oven at once and immediately shut oven off.
7. Wake up to a delicious treat!

If you'd rather not make them before bed, you will need to leave them in the oven for at least four hours (or until the oven is cold again). Also, I've found they don't work well on high humidity days.

Yesterday, I gave away a copy of my 1920's holiday romance, Erin's Gift. I'm going to give away a second copy today. All you have to do to win is comment about your family's holiday cookie. Please also leave your email address so I can send you a copy if your name is drawn.

Here's another sneak peek at the book:

Prohibition Era, Chicago

Caught in a raid at an illegal speakeasy, good girl Erin O'Mara loses everything: her job, her home, and her reputation. Handsome and so out of her league attorney Seth Harrison, her best friend's brother, rescues her not once, but twice. He bails her out of jail and offers her a job as nanny for his son.

Seth has no intention of falling in love after the death of his wife. But despite his better judgment, he can't help being drawn to Erin's innocence. This Christmas, letting go of the past and embracing the future may be the greatest present of all.

Don't forget to enter our December Rafflecopter contest, "Candy Cane Kisses". You can find all the details about the contest on our Monthly Giveaway page. Or, you can go straight to the ENTRY FORM.

Peace out ...


  1. I've seen recipes like this, but never made them. Maybe it's time...

  2. My mom makes these strawberry chocolate chip cookies using strawberry cake mix (you can use cherry also) and they are SOOOOOOO yummy! She makes them every year just for me. But I do share them!

  3. I've made these cookies before! They were called something else but I can't remember. Easy to make and very light. As soon as we clear out some of our freezer, I'll start my baking. Hubby makes the peanut butter balls and I make the iced sugar cookies. I've got to get busy today and start mailing presents!

  4. You know how I feel about cookies for breakfast! hahaha Now I MUST try these! :D

  5. Nancy, what do you do with the egg yolks?

    1. More cookies of course. I have a recipe for Citrus Egg Yolk Cookies.

  6. Ooh my step mom and I used to make these cookies every year for our annual Christmas party... I miss those days. I'm the only person left from our household...

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  7. We make those but call them meringues! I'll sometimes make these without the chocolate chips and use them as a topping on a lemon curd. Delicious!


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