Nothing says Christmas like Reindeer Poop, right? No? That's not what immediately springs into your mind at the mention of the holiday? Huh. Well, it will be after you've tried some!
This recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember. I always knew it was the Christmas season when my mom would make these little bits of yum! Only we didn't call them Reindeer Poop. We called them Egg White cookies. Apparently we were boring. It wasn't until my sister and I had kids and started sharing this tradition with them that they came up with the new name. Now, I would like to clarify that this was not my choice. I voted to keep Egg White Cookies, or at least name them something much less poop-sounding like Christmas Snow. But nobody heard my pleas. So Reindeer Poop it was. I don't know. All I know is that I love them. My kids love them. And it just wouldn't feel like Christmas without them. Here's the recipe:
Reindeer Poop/Christmas Snow/Egg White Cookies
2 egg whites
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c sugar (EDIT: I originally had this at 3/4 tsp. It's CUPS!! So if you made these with tsp. I'm sure they weren't very good. SORRY! Please try it again, I promise it'll be so much better!) *
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c chocolate chips or chunks
2 tbs. crushed candy canes **
Preheat oven to 250. Beat egg whites with salt until stiff. Add sugar and beat until very stiff. It will be shiny and should hold its peaks. Fold in vanilla, chocolate and candy canes. Drop by tablespoons onto greased cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!
What you will have on your plate will be a melt in your mouth meringue cookie loaded with chocolate and peppermint goodness!
I would love it if you would give these a try and share some with your friends/family/neighbors. Let me know if you do and what you think! Now, I will warn you that not everyone loves these as much as you may. I'm not sure why. I still haven't figured that out. But this is what you will find if that is the case.
Notice the polite "No thank you" bite and the not so subtle shoving of it off to the side of the plate, making sure it comes nowhere near other food that may be left on there. Try not to take it personal...that's something I'm still working on, btw...but if the circumstances allow, it is perfectly acceptable to finish the cookie for them!
* It has been discovered if you use organic sugar, all calories will become void and turned into vitamins and minerals making these a healthful treat! ++
** I just crush two candy canes rather than measuring this out.
++ This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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