Rosie Makes: Forgotten Cookies

Nigella's Forgotten Cookies

This week I needed a last-minute, no-fuss, festive bake. Earlier in the week I had Nigella’s Christmas special on in the background – a seasonal ritual of mine – all full of twinkling fairy lights, that kitchen, and more festive cheer than you can shake a stick at. I couldn’t resist trying out Nigella’s Forgotten Cookies and they certainly live up to their name: easy to whip up, then baked in a pre-heated oven, switched off, and forgotten about ’til morning. Cardamom scented and studded with pistachios, they are like a cross between a meringue and a cookie, or ‘merookie’ as Nigella has dubbed them. They are melt-in-the-mouth delicious and would make a lovely last minute festive treat. Just try not to sample too many before you gift them… To make them, you will need:

2 large egg whites, at room temperature
Pinch of sea salt
100g caster sugar
1 tsp cornflour
1 tsp cider vinegar
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
75g chocolate chips
75g chopped pistachios (or a mixture of nuts – I used cashews, hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios)

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 and line a large baking tray with parchment. Whisk the egg whites and salt in a bowl to soft peak stage.

Nigella's Forgotten Cookies

Whisk in the sugar a little at a time until thick and gleaming. Fold in the cornflour, vinegar and cardamom, then add the chocolate chips and most of the pistachios and very gently fold these in too.

Nigella's Forgotten Cookies

Drop mounded blobs of the mixture, 4 cm in diameter, onto the prepared tray. Sprinkle with the remaining pistachios.

Nigella's Forgotten Cookies

Put the cookies into the pre-heated oven, shut the door and turn off the oven immediately. Let the cookies sit in the oven overnight to bake in the residual heat.

Nigella's Forgotten Cookies

Nigella's Forgotten Cookies

Nigella's Forgotten Cookies

Nigella's Forgotten Cookies

Will you be trying Nigella’s Forgotten Cookies? What are you baking this weekend?

Nigella's Forgotten Cookies

Nigella's Forgotten Cookies

Nigella's Forgotten Cookies

Nigella's Forgotten Cookies

4 comments

  1. d.l. says:

    Thanks for sharing this, your cookies turned out great 🙂

  2. Liz Graham says:

    Mine turned out soggy. Looked okay when I took them out of oven but after couple of minutes outer meringue collapsed & went soggy. Can you help?
    Thanks,
    Liz

    • Rosie says:

      Sorry to hear that and that I’ve just seen your comment now. Did you leave them in the oven all night? They are meant to be quite soft inside, but maybe they needed to stay in the oven a little longer to cook all the way through if it was a particularly humid day? Rosie 🙂

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