This is one of my go-to holiday cookie recipes. It's so easy, which makes it perfect for the holidays because they don't require much fussing. You can whip them up in a short time and bring them to any last minute parties. And they are surprising to the eater--the delicate crunchy exterior leads to a chewy interior filled with chocolate chips (and nuts, if used). —fourchickens
egg whites, large or extra large
cream of tartar
chocolate chips, regular or mini-sized
toasted pecans, chopped (optional)
In This Recipe
Preheat oven to 300 degrees
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper
In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat egg whites until foamy
Add cream of tartar, beat.
Add vanilla extract, continue to beat until soft peaks are formed.
Sprinkle in granulated sugar, a little at a time.
Beat until stiff peaks are formed and mixture is shiny.
Fold in chocolate chips (and nuts, if using).
Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto parchment-lined cookie sheets, leaving 1 1/2 inches between each.
Bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes for chewier cookies or for about 25 minutes for more crunchy cookies.
After removing from oven, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies will get more crunchy as they cool.