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([personal profile] red_trillium posting in [community profile] baking Dec. 28th, 2009 09:47 pm)
A bit quiet here so I'll post this to hopefully get the comm going. I posted this in my own journal and have posted in the "thrifty cooking" comm too.

I've posted this in my journal and will post it in "baking" community here, I've been pretty busy with work and Christmas so didn't get the chance to post this before Christmas but it makes a great and inexpensive gift.

I saw this recipe last year on TV. A coworker made them for a morning tea and they were delish. I've tweaked the recipe a bit and made these for Christmas gifts this year.

Cookie-wise they are one of the easiest and cheapest recipes I've made. And DE-LISH. I added cranberries to it and I think those were really nice but it does increase the cost so you can add or leave out.

The recipe says it makes about 16 but I over-whipped the eggs to *very* stiff peaks and made smaller ones so made about 2 dozen. The recipe is pretty easy (if you have an electric mixer) & quick so makes it perfect for gifts any time of the year or to make up for a bakesale or take to a party.

Recipe and picts below the cut

Forgotten Cookies

Makes 16

-2 egg whites, at room temperature
-120g castor sugar (1/2 cup)
-Pinch of salt
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-120g roughly chopped almonds (about 1/2 cup; can use macadamias, pistachios, walnuts or other nuts)
-150g chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks (about 3/4 cup but this was a bit much so maybe reduce it)
-(you can also add about 1/2 cup dried cranberries--chop roughly and also chop finely about 1/2 a handful for garnish)

Step 1 Preheat oven to 180°C/approx 256F. Beat egg whites and salt until foamy.

Step 2 Gradually add sugar and continue beating until they hold stiff peaks and make a glossy, stiff meringue. Add vanilla, almonds and chocolate chips.

Step 3 Cover baking tray with baking paper. Drop teaspoonfuls of the mixture on to the paper. Put in oven, then turn oven off. Leave overnight in oven (or for at least 3 hours, until the oven is cold) with door closed.

For Xmas Gift: Pack the cookies into gift boxes with tissue and gift tag.

(From Campbell Live: Edible Christmas Gift Ideas by Healthy Food Guide;

Makes approx 16 (+ if you do smaller sizes)
Time to make: 10 mins plus 3 hours + cooling
Total cost of ingredients (as of 2008): $6.76/ $0.42 per serve NZ$; $4.73/$0.30 per serve US$.

Nutrition Info per serve:

Energy: 560KJ (135 cals)
Protein: 3g
Fat: 8g
Fat, Saturated: 2g
Carbohydrates: 15g
carbohydrates, sugars: 13g
Dietery Fibre: 1g
Sodium: 30mg
Calcium: 30 mg
Iron: 0.5mg

Yummy little buggers. And I like the cranberry decoration. That was all my idea Baby! All the picts are about 2-biters, not very big but just right.


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