Forgotten cookies

Prep: 20 mins - 30 mins Plus at least 3 hours in the oven


Makes 32
What's in a name? Pop these in the oven, forget about them overnight, and you'll have crumbly cookies in the morning

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per cookie

  • kcal66
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.06g
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  • 2 large egg white
  • 120g golden caster sugar
  • 120g pecan, roughly chopped
    Pecan nuts



    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

  • 150g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids), roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C. Line two baking sheets with foil to cover. In a large clean bowl, whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff and dry. Gradually whisk in the sugar a little at a time to make a thick and glossy meringue. Tip in the pecan nuts and chocolate, then the vanilla extract and gently fold into the meringue with a large metal spoon.

  2. Spoon heaped teaspoonfuls of the meringue mixture, spaced apart, on to the lined baking sheets. Put the sheets in the oven, then turn it off and leave the cookies for at least 3 hours, overnight or until the oven is cold.

  3. Carefully peel the cookies from the foil. Store in an airtight tin where they will keep for 3-4 days.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2002
BBC GoodFood Magazine

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Comments (39)

louweeza's picture

These are the ultimate shizzy. It is a loooooong wait before you can give the go-ahead to eat them but once you do, they vanish in seconds! In the BBC Good Food 101 things to do with chocolate book they're called chocolate & pecan clouds. A great alternative mini-dessert if you've had a heavy meal as they are rich but light as a cloud!

jule955's picture

I followed the recipe, but after just an hour my oven was completely cold and the cookies weren't cooked. Tried to leave them in the oven on low temperature for an hour, then another hour as the oven cooled, but they're still sticky. Very disappointed.

kaym54's picture

These are really easy and family loved them? I toasted some hazelnuts which were good. I'll try choc chips next time. Will use 3 egg whites instead of two.

kasiakoczwara's picture

Left them for 20-25min with oven on at 170, and later off till cold. Worked like a charm! Lovely with coconut and milk chocolate too.

solicitor555's picture

Yum, I am not the world's best baker but these were easy to make and delicious.

D1letta's picture

These worked out well, once I left them in the oven overnight and not the three hours suggested. Use parchment instead of foil, the were a doddle to remove.

sarahfh's picture

Unbelievably simple and amazingly good. Some big chunks of chocolate is really nice in these as it gives a bit of a different texture in some.

fluffysammy's picture

Made these last night, they are all gone now, sooooo yummy. i didnt use nuts just chopped milk chocolate and a sachet of organic hot choc powder, lovely and chewy inside i have been ordered lol to make some more tomorrow

emmacpearce's picture

I used 3 large egg whites and a fan oven. Left over night and they went down a HUGE hit with work 2 days later! Easy

laurahaden's picture

In the oven, and resisting the temptation to open the oven (just!) Touch wood the turn out good :-)

grannyrosie's picture

Sounds lovely...but we have to be a nut-free house...any suggestions? Could I use glacé cherries or raisins do you think?

irenemorrill's picture

Fabulous but need to be left overnight!!!!!

cheekylittlebee's picture

ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww. its disgusting.

lynn_leow's picture

So luscious! I have been making these since I first saw this recipe in Good Food Magazine years ago. Top tip for anything meringue-y, use Bake-o-glide! I got mine from

maugymoo's picture

...oh i also put them on parchment instead of foil and that worked well.... didn't stick at all :)

maugymoo's picture

I made these yesterday and they are delicious! However, as other comments suggested that they did not cook properly, I followed a recipe for making meringues. I put them in the oven for 1 hour at 140 degrees and then turned them down to 130 for another half hour. Then I left them in overnight til the oven was cool. They turned out really well and taste brilliant!!! :)

nlauwen's picture

Wow... these are soooo good! Usually it's not a problem for me to take just 1 cookie, but with these... Absolutely scrumpteous and a perfect way to use an surplus of eggwhites.
PS: used walnuts instead of pecans.

kiwimuffinmum's picture

Made them for a birthday in September have been told I will make them for Christmas. I used chocolate with nuts in. I am in NZ and used white chocolate with Macadamia.

minxychix's picture

Ohhhhh Forgotten Cookies where have u been all my life?! ..these are lishus! Absolutley gorgeous, melty, chewy & soooo moreish! ...& so easy to make! (I think that could be a bad thing tho!!)

mother_ship's picture

Easy and delicious! What more could you want? Next time I think I will experiment with reducing the sugar slightly as I think they would be even more delicious is slightly less sweet.


Questions (3)

Bernadetka's picture

Can you use pistachios instead of pecans?

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi Bernadetka, using unsalted and shelled pistachios should be absolutely fine. We haven't tested this recipe using pistachios so cannot guarantee perfect results but can see know reason why that wouldn't work. Thanks for your question, do let us know how they turn out. 

clicheblonde's picture

I'm going to make these as part of my GCSE controlled assessment, does anyone have any good ideas about how to present one (or two maximum) one it's own?

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