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Meringue Chocolate Chip Cookies are light, airy and filled with a rich chocolate surprise inside. These little treats are perfect for the holidays! 

meringue chocolate chip cookies with red and green sprinkles

Melt-in-your-mouth meringue chocolate chip cookies are lighter than air, crisp and have a sweet surprise inside. If you’re looking for a special treat to make for Christmas or any special occasion, this is the dessert for you!

Let me start out by saying that these cookies are different from the usual easy recipes I share. Actually, they’re still easy to make, but you do have to take certain steps to make sure they turn out like they’re supposed to. And, the baking process can take some time.

But, you guys, I have to share this cookie recipe with you — easy or not! See, this is my grandma’s recipe for chocolate chip meringue cookies. She made them every Christmas, and it was like a sacred tradition with us because that was the only time we got to eat them.

And let me tell you, these meringue cookies were definitely worth the wait! So when I found this recipe, it was a happy day. Seriously. Because family recipes are meant to be handed down and shared, even if they’re not the easiest recipes on the planet!

meringue chocolate chip cookies on plate with sprinkles

Other than your classic chocolate chip cookies, these meringue chocolate chip cookies are my favorite. And, that definitely says something! These cookies literally melt in your mouth, but they also have chocolate chips inside.

So, it’s like nice surprise, which is what my grandma always called them — Surprises, or surprise cookies. They’re also slightly addicting, because once you taste one, you want to keep on nibbling and not stop!

These cookies are also made without flour, so they’re gluten free, and they’re also very low in calories. But still, you probably should stop nibbling at some point — Know what I mean?

hand holding meringue chocolate chip cookies

Like I said, working with meringue can be tricky, but don’t let that stop you from making these little bites. Before the kiddos came along, I used to bake a lot, but I hadn’t made meringue in a gazillion years.

I was slightly intimidated at first, but I was determined to have my kids try these. I just went with it, and the cookies were delicious! Actually, some of them were a little on the flat side, but they were still delicious.

And with more practice, these meringue cookies would be perfect. But with more practice, I would have to go up a clothing size or work out a lot more. Just saying!

Tips for Making Meringue Cookies

  • Make sure bowl and beaters are completely clean and dry
  • Carefully separate egg whites from yolks to make sure no yolks mix in with the whites
  • Make sure to add sugar in small amounts, and mix well in between
  • Meringue should be very stiff and form small “peaks” before folding in the chocolate chips

Looking for More Holiday Cookie Recipes

meringue chocolate chip cookies cut open with chocolate chips inside

How to Make Meringue Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 from 3 votes

Meringue Chocolate Chip Cookies

By: Dee
Meringue chocolate chip cookies are light and airy cookies made with egg whites and filled with chocolate chips inside. Perfect for the holidays or special occasions! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 36


  • 3 egg whites
  • teaspoon cream of tartar
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 12-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • sugar sprinkles for decoration (optional)
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  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  • Add the egg whites, cream of tartar and sea salt to a large mixing bowl, and beat with a mixer until foamy and thick 
  • Gradually add the sugar, and beat until very stiff. Stiff peaks should form when you dip the beaters in and out of the mixture, and they should stay stiff
  • Slowly fold the chocolate chips into the meringue, using a spatula
  • Use a tablespoon to drop mixture onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets
  • Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until cookies are firm to the touch and dry and lift easily off the cookie sheets
  • Turn oven off and allow cookies to cool gradually in oven for 30 minutes
  • Store in an airtight container


Calories: 22kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Sodium: 12mg, Potassium: 5mg, Sugar: 5g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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These meringue chocolate chip cookies were a huge, huge hit with my family. Seriously, they’re almost gone! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. This recipe is shared at the Weekend Potluck.

Happy Baking,

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  1. Jenny Boone says:

    I made this recipe for Christmas and it worked perfectly! They were delicious and beautiful. I used red and green chocolate chips to make mine extra Christmasy!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I’m so glad you liked the recipe, and I love your idea for the red and green chips!