Forgotten cookies are actually super easy meringues - you just leave in a turned-off oven overnight and they should be crisp by the morning. Mine weren't unfortunately, I think I preheated the oven too low. If this happens you can just bake at 60-70C for an hour or so until meringues are dried or put in a dehydrator. The recipe is adapted from Healthy Food Guide. You can leave plain or flavour with mint and strawberry. It's my no. 6 of 26 alphabetical bakes!

Makes 20-15
2 egg whites, room temperature
pinch salt|
1/2 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (for plain meringues)
3/4 c dark chocolate chips
3/4 c chopped almonds
1 tbsp strawberry powder or 1/2 tsp strawberry essence
1/2 tsp peppermint essence
few drops red and green food colouring
few chopped pistachios
strawberry powder

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a baking tray with foil and brush with oil.

Whisk egg whites and salt until foamy, only about 1 min. Gradually add the sugar and whisk until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla, chocolate, almonds and fold in gently if you're making plain meringues. Or put half the mixture into another bowl and flavour one half with strawberry essence and red colouring and the other half with peppermint essence and green colouring.

Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto the baking tray. Sprinkle the strawberry ones with strawberry powder and the mint ones with pistachios. Place in the oven, close the door and turn the oven off. Leave for at least 3 hours in the oven or overnight or until the oven is cold.