I made for you today an old-fashioned cookie called Forgotten Cookies, also known as Chocolate Cherry Pecan Studded Meringue Cookies! Yes, this meringue cookie recipe is as good as it sounds.
Meringue Cookies Recipe
I have had a fascination with meringue for as long as I can remember. I first fell in love with meringue in the form of meringue topping on my mommy dearest’s lemon meringue pie. I adore lemon meringue pie and I’m ashamed to say I haven’t made it in many, many years.
My teenager has inherited my love of meringue. He adores French macaron cookies.
I’m still working up my nerve to make macarons.
In the meantime, I thought I would try a recipe I found in Bon Appetit for Forgotten Cookies.
At least I think the recipe was in Bon Appetit. I forget. 😉
Forgotten Cookies are a meringue cookie filled with anything you like-dried fruit, chocolate or nuts.
Or all of the above as I’ve done with this recipe: bittersweet chocolate chips, dried sour cherries and toasted, chopped pecans.
These meringue cookies are called Forgotten Cookies because after ten minutes of baking, the cookies are left to rest in an oven overnight.
Meringue Cookie Tips
My best advice to you is to make sure that your bowl and other tools are scrupulously clean. I was taught that even one speck of dirt or oil can keep your egg whites from achieving billowy, airy, greatness.
You want to use a whisk attachment with your mixer for this recipe. The tines on a whisk help the egg whites obtain a foamy texture.
If you don’t have an electric mixer, you can make meringue by hand but be sure you’re using a whisk with thin tines to do so.
Unlike making whipped cream when implements and ingredients need to be ice cold, meringue works best when you work with room temperature egg whites.
Frequently Asked Questions about Meringue Cookies
How Long Do Meringue Cookies Last?
Meringue cookies will last two weeks if stored at room temperature in an airtight container. However, I don’t think I recall a time that any cookie lasted two weeks at our house.
I have glass food storage containers similar to these.
Do Meringue Cookies Need to Be Refrigerated?
No, meringue cookies don’t need to be refrigerated as long as you’re storing them in an airtight container.
If you’re going to stack meringue cookies for storage, I recommend using parchment paper to separate the layers.
How Do I know When I’ve Beat the Meringue Long Enough?
The meringue will form stiff peaks, like little, picturesque mountain tops in the egg white/sugar mixture.
You’ll be able to remove your whisk from your mixer and turn it upside down and have the meringue hold its shape.
Nutrition Information: Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 61Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g
Tell me your deepest, darkest thoughts and feels about meringue, especially meringue cookies?
I find people either love meringue cookies or hate them.
Have you ever heard of Forgotten cookies?
Have you attempted macarons?