Cheap Christmas Cookie Recipe: Chocolate Meringues

One of the obvious desserts that are made every year for Christmas are cookies. After all, Santa Claus loves this treat during his stop to your home, right? Well, over the years I take pride in baking some of the best Christmas cookies; “thumbprint cookies”, butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, cream cheese cookies, and my Heath cookie (I call it that because it’s exactly what it tastes like!) This year when I bought the ingredients for these specific cookies, my food order came to $68.72. Since these cookies are made for special people, I do it once a year and they are amazing it’s worth it.

This year I decided to take a swing at my friend Heather’s cookie recipe for chocolate meringues. For years I have been eating this delightful cookie at her home, and I love them. Mmm. I remember her telling me, “Krysten, you already have most of the ingredients for your cookies. You can make this cookie for next to nothing.” She gave me the recipe and she was right. Why didn’t I make this cookie long ago? It was her secret, her recipe (that she later confessed found in a cookbook). It doesn’t matter where it came from, with the ingredients I had for my other cookies, I had to buy NOTHING! Now if you';re looking for a fast and easy cookie, cheap; Here it is, cookie monster! Follow these simple directions……

Ingredients

2 egg whites
2/3 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (I use walnuts)
Directions

Beat egg whites, and add salt. Unsure if how to get egg whites out of an egg? Watch this video very helpful.

Eat egg whites until stiff. Fold in sugar and vanilla. Add chocolate chips and nuts.

Take a teaspoon and drop on to cookie sheets covered with aluminum foil.

Pre-heat your over to 350 degrees.

Once your over is completely heat to 350 degrees, place cookies in the oven and turn off IMMEDIATELY. Do not bake them, just place them in the warm oven OVERNIGHT. AGAIN, ONCE THE STOVE REACHES 350 DEGREES, TURN OFF STOVE IMMEDIATELY AFTER PLACING COOKIES IN OVEN.

Allow cookie to set in your oven overnight; Again, stove OFF after it is heated to 350 degrees.

Wah-laa! Santa is going to be VERY happy and so is your bank account!

Krysten is originally from northeast Pennsylvania and now resides in Los Angeles, California. Krysten spent nearly 17 years working in commercial radio as a disc jockey before moving to L.A. Krysten's life-long passion in life has always been writing and music. Her greatest love is her teenage daughter. Krysten is also the proud owner of a 2-year old Basset Hound. Krysten says " I feel as long as I have the ability and brain power to write, there should be no reason to hold back. Though I am not a licensed therapist, I share my wisdom through what I have endured in my life. L.I.F.E is better than any PhD when it comes to having a talk with people."
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