Every year for Christmas for at least the past ten years, I have not given toys or gift cards to friends and family, I have only given out homemade cookies.
The first three years the cookies were not really great and took me so much energy to make, I felt discouraged. But I spent a lot of time and energy in them and gifted them anyway, because "it's the thought that counts". I've gotten better since.
6 egg whites (so that there is plenty of liquid for the mixer to really mix well)
3/4 to 1 1/2 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you like it) You can use regular or powder or raw sugar
pinch of salt or 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar to help stabilize the bubbles in the egg whites
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or rum extract
Separate the egg whites and leave to room temperature for half an hour.
Mix until the sugar is all dissolved. Or the egg whites have stiff beaks and you don't want to over mix. Add the vanilla or rum extract and mix completely.
Bake at anywhere between 200-275 degrees for 1-2 hours. I prefer mine at 225 degrees for 2 hours. I like mine to be completely dry all the way through but some like theirs soft and gooey inside.
I hope Sw. Mikolaj likes these! I hope they last until Sw. Mikolaj comes...