My mom use to make these for us around Christmas time every year. I can't wait to make these with my kids this Christmas. Like other meringues, it is best to make these on a dry day.
2 egg whites
1/2c nuts (optional) - I just add extra chocolate chips
1c chocolate chips
1 pinch salt
Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Beat eggs till frothy. Add sugar gradually and beat until stiff. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Divide batter and color with food coloring if you wish. We use to color them red (slightly pink) and green for Christmas.
Spoon out cookies onto foil lined baking sheets (or foil wrapped oven racks) and place into the preheated oven. Immediately turn off oven and leave the cookies in the oven overnight. It is important not to open the oven after putting the cookies in.
When cooking these cookies in an electric oven (one without a pilot light to keep the oven slightly warm and dry) you may leave the oven on at a lower temp (200 or so) for an hour before turning the oven completely off.