Forgotten Cookies: a ‘60s Classic Recipe

If you’re looking for a new recipe to put to test in the kitchen, why not try a spin on a classic. For this post I’d like to teach you how to bake cookies from a recipe that’s been passed down since 1960 with a few new ingredients.

Forgotten cookies take no time at all; they bake over night, and require little to no spending if you happen to have all the ingredients lying around your kitchen.

Here’s what you’ll need (makes approximately 24 cookies):

  • 2 egg whites
  • 2/3 cu. of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla
  • 1 c. of chopped pecans

Spin (optional new ingredients):

  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chip bits (or cornflakes or crisp rice cereal)
  • 1 c. coconut
  • 1 c. oatmeal (raw)


  • Preheat oven to 350˚


  1. Using a large spoon beat egg whites until they are foamy. Eggs should be at room temperature before beating.
  2. Add sugar and continue beating until the mix becomes stiff.
  3. Add salt and vanilla and continue mixing, the batter should be extra thick by this time.
  4. Add pecans and other remaining ingredients.
  5. Drop cookies by the spoonful onto a non-greased foil-covered cookie sheet.
  6. Place cookies in the oven. Once the oven door is shut, turn off the oven.
  7. Leave cookies inside the oven overnight (or three hours).

By morning the batch of cookies will be ready to enjoy, if you haven’t forgotten about them that is.


  • Serve Forgotten Cookies at your next dinner party as an appetizer or dessert.
  • Substitute your morning biscuit or muffin with a few Forgotten Cookies.
  • Try other 1960’s recipes.

On this day in 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama.  It was the deadliest act of the civil rights era.


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