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Forgotten Cookies

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Introduction

These little cookies - described by one friend as tasting like a cookie within a cookie - are really a mixture between a meringue and a cookie. Hence they've become known at home, where they're immensely popular, as Merookies, and are ideal with a cup of coffee after dinner.

They are called "forgotten" as, just like the Forgotten Pudding, they are not baked, but put in a hot oven, which you immediately turn off, leaving the cookies to bake in the fading residual heat overnight. I find it all too easy actually to forget them, and always put a post-it sticker on the oven to remind me they're in there, so I don't burn them to a cinder by preheating the oven to cook something else in it the next day.

These little cookies - described by one friend as tasting like a cookie within a cookie - are really a mixture between a meringue and a cookie. Hence they've become known at home, where they're immensely popular, as Merookies, and are ideal with a cup of coffee after dinner.

They are called "forgotten" as, just like the Forgotten Pudding, they are not baked, but put in a hot oven, which you immediately turn off, leaving the cookies to bake in the fading residual heat overnight. I find it all too easy actually to forget them, and always put a post-it sticker on the oven to remind me they're in there, so I don't burn them to a cinder by preheating the oven to cook something else in it the next day.

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What 4 Others have said

  • These are absolutely amazing! I love chocolate and cardamom so used 1x15ml tablespoon in place of the cornflour (informed by Nigella's chocolate raspberry pavlova). It worked wonderfully.

    Posted by craig74 on 7th June 2019
  • I love making meringue cookies -- they're so easy and so delicious! I have dark chocolate that I'll grate instead of using chips, and blitz white sugar in my coffee grinder to get the superfine texture. I'll even add espresso powder to the egg whites along with the sugar.

    Posted by hollis517 on 27th May 2019
  • I 've made them many times. They are like a sweet cloud. It's impossible to eat just one! Every time I have egg whites that's the recipe that comes to my mind!

    Posted by giavroudi on 27th May 2019
  • Made these cookies for my New Year's Eve dinner tonight. Could not resist trying one at the crack of dawn. Excellent little morsels. Will be making again.

    Posted by colbabe on 31st December 2018
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