This is another of my Grandmothers recipes, like the previous recipes I have mentioned, this one has many recipe cards stapled together, with things crossed off and circled. It took me a few tries to figure out the recipe by connecting the circled items on each card. It's a pretty simple recipe with a few ingredients and basically, you place it in the oven, turn it off and forget it. Thus the name. The original recipe card was not in my Grandmothers' writing so I think it was given to her by a friend or a relative, the first card, well a few of the cards were in French and Spanish as well. - Enjoy
1 1/2 cups of white sugar
5 large egg whites
1 teaspoon of vanilla
24 ounces of dark chocolate
1 cup of nuts - There were several nuts written and crossed out, the picture show peanuts which are fine.
Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees
Line baking sheets with parchment paper
Place half the chocolate in the food processor and pulse to chop into bits, small but not too small or powdery, set aside
In the stand mixer white the egg whites into stiff peaks and slowly add the sugar and the vanilla. Mix until all the sugar has been incorporated. Remove from mixer and fold in the crushed chocolate.
Scoop out the meringue using a two-tablespoon scoop and place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Once all the meringue has been placed on the prepared baking sheets, place in the oven, turn it off, and let completely cool, DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN until cool, about 1 1/2 hours.
Once cool, remove from oven and place on cool racks. Melt the remaining chocolate and drizzle over cookies and garnish with the nuts or other chocolates of choice.