No, I didn't actually forget cookies. That is a highly unlikely eventuality! But Jenny and I were discussing holiday baking yesterday, and that brings us to Forgotten Cookies. Or, in a Calvin & Hobbesian turn of phrase, as I also like to call them, Sugar Coated Chocolate Bombs! They are ideal for making with children, but conveniently you don't need children to make them. In fact I used to work in an office that had fairly regular pot luck lunches, and I wasn't allowed to bring anything else to a pot luck.
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/16 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate bits
1 cup chopped nuts (or another cup of chocolate bits)
Preheat overn to 350°F. Beat egg whites till foamy. Add cream of tartar and salt. Beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating to stiff meringue. Fold in vanilla, chocolate & nuts. Drop from tablespoon onto greased cookies sheet. Place in oven; turn off heat. Leave 12 hours or overnight (hence forgotten cookies).
Yield: three dozen cookies
P.S. Here's an abdominal fat variant bound to inspire some Dear Tanita letters!