Forgotten cookies and Uranium glass

Forgotten cookies, a strange name for a little light cookie which is hardly forgettable. These are one of my favourite things to make. I suspect the reason they are called forgotten cookies is that you place them in the oven overnight, and forget about them while you sleep. When you wake up in the morning to open your oven, you find these delicious little morsels. Pristine white, with specks of chocolate peeking through.

The variations you can have with these lovely little cookies is only limited by your imagination.

For this batch I used Green and Blacks Organic Maya Gold (I try to buy fair trade chocolate) teamed up with small curls of Tangelo zest. Maya Gold is Orange and spice flavoured it’s just perfect with the dark
chocolate.

Another favourite is coffee flavoured with mocha chocolate. Nuts are another nice addition to these little creations. Toasted silvered almonds or finely chopped Pistachios.

They are always an unexpected mouthful. People expect just a plain meringue - but are always surprised with the little dollops of chocolate.

Forgotten Cookies

  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of caster sugar
  • 1 tspn vanilla
  • 3/4 of a cup of Dark chocolate - orange flavoured chopped into small chunks
  • 1 Tblspn of citrus zest (fine)

Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Beat the egg whites until stiff and gradually add in your sugar one tablespoon at a time until you have a glossy meringue. Fold in your vanilla, citrus zest and chocolate. I have to mention that I love the sound the chocolate and meringue make when you fold in the chocolate - listen for it…

Place on a baking tray which has a sheet of parchment paper on it, drop in teaspoonfuls - these do not need a huge amount of room to expand, you should get them all on two trays.

Turn the oven off

Leave overnight in the oven - they will be cooked by morning. Or alternatively for at least 4 hours. Store in airtight containers.

These are wonderful just on their own, dipped into mascarpone, or sandwiched together with cream. They make a nice gift in pretty cellophane.

I want to tell you about the little green bowl (circa 1930) that is in the picture. I was poking about in a local antique shop and I spotted this little jelly mould in a shelf with a lot of other green glassware.
It was kind of chunky and had little imperfections in the glass, but they all added to it’s character. It was labelled “Depression Glass" I thought it would be perfect for the cookies that I wanted to show you all.

The very helpful woman behind the counter said - “You know this has uranium in it right?” Well .. no I was not aware that crockery had uranium in it - ever! But apparently this lovely green glass has roughly 2% Uranium in it. It’s also known as Vaseline glass. If you put it under a UV light it will glow eerily, perfect for your next Halloween party!

A lot of depression glass was given away free with various grocery items and coupons could be traded in for pieces. It comes in a variety of colours. I love this little green dish, and I have a feeling I am going to be adding to my Depression Glass collection - plus it’s especially awesome to be able to say to people ” You know that has Uranium in it, right?” and then watch the expression on their face, much like the woman in the shop did to me.