Chocolate Chip Day! Celebrate with Nitey Night Cookies!

national chocolate chip day recipe august 5

The chocolate chip: where would we be without it? Imagine no chocolate chip cookies, no chocolate chip pancakes, and no chocolate chip ice cream! Even if the chocolate chip doesn’t tickle your fancy, your kids would certainly suffer without these tiny morsels of joy. In celebration of National Chocolate Chip Day, let’s add another soon to be chocolate chip favorite to your recipe box with the Nitey Night Cookie.  [recipe and photo via]

The Nitey Night Cookie gets its name because the suggested cooking method is to leave it in a preheated oven overnight (after turning off the oven of course). The deliciousness is a great way to start a Saturday or Sunday morning with your kids. After using tiny chunks of Nestle chocolate bars in her chocolate cookies (and thus inventing the chocolate chip), Ruth Graves Wakefield allowed Nestle to put her recipe on the chocolate bars wrapper in exchange for a lifetime of chocolate.  Tell your kids that little tidbit and watch their brains spring into action trying to figure out how they, too, can get a lifetime of chocolate.

  • 2 egg whites
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Beat egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
  3. Gradually add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
  4. Fold in the pecans and chocolate chips.
  5. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Put cookies into the preheated oven and turn off the oven, keeping the door shut.
  7. Do not open the door until the next morning. Then the cookies should be done.(It’s best to do this at bedtime so the waiting is easier.)

Here are some pointers for making successful Nitey Night Cookies: You must use fresh egg white. Add the sugar slowly and steadily. Use parchment paper to line the cookie sheets to keep the bottoms from browning and for easy removal. Make sure your oven is accurate and do not change the temperature.  Leave the oven closed until morning. Once you feel comfortable with the recipe change it up; add candy or different types of nuts, use food color or different types of chips. Whatever it is, enjoy this treat and give thanks for the chocolate chip.