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(31 ratings)

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 whites
  • 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



    Chocolate as we know it in pressed

  • 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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23rd Nov, 2011
Sounds lovely...but we have to be a nut-free house...any suggestions? Could I use glacé cherries or raisins do you think?
23rd Nov, 2011
Fabulous but need to be left overnight!!!!!
23rd Jul, 2011
ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww. its disgusting.
31st Mar, 2011
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
28th Feb, 2011
...oh i also put them on parchment instead of foil and that worked well.... didn't stick at all :)
28th Feb, 2011
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!!! :)
3rd Feb, 2011
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.
30th Nov, 2010
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.
16th Sep, 2010
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!!)
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17th May, 2010
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.


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