Forgotten Ghosts Cookie Recipe

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John and I haven’t been able to decorate for Halloween this year. We’re amping up for our first PCS (a move sponsored by the military) to John’s next station, so we’re sweeping up cobwebs instead of putting them in our windows, and packing up our clothes instead of getting costumes out.

But that hasn’t stopped me from baking some treats for John’s classmates, and these are by far, my favorite. I used my mom’s Forgotten Cookie recipe and dressed them up with a little food coloring for the perfect Halloween treat! These are great on their own, but would also make a delightfully cute garnish on a graveyard cake or pudding trifle.

The trick to these cookies is to make them in the evening, when you don’t need the oven anymore since they need 12 hours to sit in a slowly cooling oven. But, on the plus side,  when you wake up, you’ve already accomplished something for the day– you’ve got fresh cookies!


You’ll Need:

  • 2 egg whites
  • a dash of salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • food coloring
  • toothpick


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Beat egg whites in a large mixing bowl until foamy and add salt.
  3. Gradually add sugar–2 tablespoons at a time. Beat until stiff peaks form.
  4. Fold in vanilla. 
  5. Use a teaspoon to drop ghosts 2 inches apart onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
  6. Using a toothpick like a paintbrush, add eyes and a mouth to each cookie. 
  7. Place cookie sheets in the oven and close the door.
  8. Turn off the oven’s heat. Do not open the oven for 12 hours. 

If you don’t eat them right away (and I dare you not to), store them in an air tight container to keep them crispy!

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