Saturday, November 19, 2011

Nity Nites Christmas Cookies

It's a Christmas Cookie Recipe Exchange over at The Way Grandmama Does It! Here's my contribution- a pretty little cookie that is very versatile, easy and terribly festive. The recipe is from my husband's grandmother, Millie, who was the Christmas Cookie go to gal. Every year the table would be graced with several varieties: weeks of baking and so very tasty. She would make up a tin for each household to take home.

These are technically meringues but with a twist- you mix them up, preheat the oven, slide in the cookie sheets and go to bed. Yes, that's right. Go To Bed- hence the name. Nity Nite!

Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees F

2 egg whites
3/4 C sugar
1 tsp Vanilla or Almond extract
1 C pecans, chopped
1 C chocolate chips*

Beat egg whites until they become foamy and then stiff.
Gradually add the sugar and beat until well mixed in.
Fold in BY HAND:
Vanilla or almond
Chocolate chips

Drop cookies onto foil lined pans.
Place in the preheated oven.
Leave in closed oven at least 6 hours. Do not open door.

Peel off of the foil and garnish as desired.

I like to divide up the batter before I add the chips. I make some with plain chocolate chips and then change it up. Some are butterscotch, some with crushed peppermint, some a mixture of chocolate chips and peppermint. Then I dip some in melted chocolate and sprinkle with crushed peppermint or dip into sprinkles. Use your imagination. Quick, easy and pretty!

Oh, one thing. Tradition has it (in our family) that you MUST return the cookie tin once you are done with the treats. My fatal flaw when we were first married and our family NEVER lets you forget when you mess up (all in good humor). Boy, was I in trouble, I had no idea anyone returned tins. Imagine my surprise after Millie passed away. We were cleaning out her apartment storage locker and discovered probably a hundred tins, stacked to the top! I was amazed- and I wanted each and every one of them! LOL! Merry Christmas.


Lisa said...

These look awesome! I have never seen anything like this before. Thanks so much for linking up to my Cookie Recipe Exchange! i am definitely making this recipe. And I love the cookie tin tradition!


Candy C. said...

Aw, come on you guys! I can't do Christmas cookies yet! We would just eat them and then I would have to make MORE for Christmas!! :)
I love your meringues and especially the story that goes with them! I would want all the cookie tins too!! Thanks for sharing!!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Candy- LOL. I had to, I didn't have any old photos of the cookies to link up to the cookie exchange. I think my neighbor has one planned in the next 2-3 weeks- whatever day the first really bad snowstorm will be, always it. He, he, he! The guys make beer downstairs and do their own beer exchange, or at least drink it!