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Fudgy Double Chocolate Meringues (Gluten Free)

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No flour, no butter and yet these are delicious chocolate cookies — delicate and crisp on the exterior and rich and fudgy on the interior. The recipe is adapted from Alice Medrich’s cookie book, Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy, and they’re hands down the best chocolate meringues I’ve ever tried. Unlike most similar recipes, which call for cocoa powder and melted chocolate, Medrich’s version uses only melted chocolate, which results in intensely chocolate, melt-in-your-mouth cookies. They also happen to be gluten free — no strange substitutions, just naturally that way.

It’s important to use a good quality chocolate in these cookies because, with so few ingredients, the flavor of the chocolate really shines through. I like Ghirardelli. (If you are following a gluten free diet, be sure your chocolate is gluten free.)

Begin by finely chopping the chocolate.

Gently melt it in the microwave by blasting in 20-second intervals, stirring in between. This method keeps the chocolate from scorching.

Next, separate the egg yolks from the egg whites. My method is to crack the egg in half, and then pour the egg from one broken shell into the other, letting the white fall into the bowl below while keeping the yolk intact in the shells as I pour. Be sure that not even a trace of egg yolk gets into the egg whites, as even a tiny bit of fat will prevent them from stiffening. (Additionally, be sure your bowl and beaters are squeaky clean, and avoid plastic bowls which always hold a trace of residue.) Discard the yolks or save for something else.

Combine the egg whites with salt, cream of tartar and vanilla and beat until soft peaks form.

Soft peaks will barely hold their shape (see below).

Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. As you can see below, stiff peaks hold their shape when you lift the beaters out of the bowl.

Add the melted chocolate and chocolate chips.

And gently fold…

Until the mixture is uniform in color.

Drop tablespoons of batter on parchment lined baking sheets.

And bake for 8-10 minutes, until the tops are crisp but the insides are gooey and soft when you press on them.


Recipe adapted from Alice Medrich’s Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy. My only changes were to add a pinch of salt and swap out the walnuts for milk chocolate chips to make them kid-friendly.


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Fudgy Double Chocolate Meringues

Servings: About 32 cookies
Total Time: 30 Minutes


  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped (best quality, such as Ghirardelli)
  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (best quality, such as Ghirardelli)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring in between each bout of heat, until almost melted. The chocolate will continue to melt as it sits. (This technique ensures the chocolate mixture will not get too hot and scorch.) Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar, vanilla and salt until soft peaks form when you lift the beaters. Gradually add the sugar, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form when you lift the beaters. Pour the warm chocolate and chocolate chips into the bowl and fold with a spatula until the batter is uniform.
  4. Immediately drop tablespoons of batter about 1-inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies look dry on the surface but are still very gooey inside when you press on them. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets, and then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Enjoy on the same day or carefully wrap in an airtight container (they crumble easily).

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (32 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 50
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7 g
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Sodium: 15 mg
  • Cholesterol: 1 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Hi Jenn, Can I make these the night before a dinner party and leave them out at room temperature in a covered cake container once cooled, overnight, without sacrificing taste or texture? Or should I leave them uncovered? A little worried the meringue might weep or become too chewy? Thanks for any thoughts.

    • — Diane on March 19, 2019
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    • Hi Diane, these are best on the day they are made, but they will still be really good if stored in an airtight container at room temperature. Hope the party is fun!

      • — Jenn on March 19, 2019
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      • Sounds perfect and this information is so helpful. Another Jenn recipe I’m so thankful to have. Thanks so much!

        • — Diane Sorensen on March 20, 2019
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  • Delicious!

    • — Donna on February 24, 2019
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  • Such an easy, delicious recipe! Went from reading the recipe to eating the cookies in less than 30 minutes. I will definitely make these again.

    • — Cate on December 24, 2018
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  • Do you know the nutritional information for these? Thanks!

    • — Emily on December 1, 2018
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    • I just added it, Emily. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 1, 2018
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  • I made these for Passover and they were super easy. Everyone raved about them. They were so decadent I could see myself making them all year round. This will definitely make a repeat appearance at next year’s seder. I only wish they held up better after a day, but it’s the nature of the recipe and not any fault of yours. Every recipe I have made of yours has been spectacular. I love knowing that any recipe of yours is a guaranteed hit. So rare to find a blogger that has so many perfect recipes. Thank you.

    • — Anne on April 2, 2018
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    • 🙂 You’re so welcome!

      • — Jenn on April 3, 2018
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  • could i spread the meringue out flat on parchment so that it bakes in a flat sheet (like a bark) and then i could cut into rectangular/triangular pieces of meringue?
    thank you.

    • — Julia Gordon on March 14, 2018
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    • Sure, Julie – that’ll work. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on March 15, 2018
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  • Hello Jenn,

    I have made these cookies twice so far. Each time they tasted really great but on both occasions they fell flat on their face. I make meringue on regular bases and each time it turns out perfectly but I think I’m doing something wrong at the stage of adding the chocolate, except I’m not sure what it is. Any thoughts ?

    Thanks 🙂

    • — Malak on January 3, 2018
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    • Hi Malak, The batter for these is definitely thicker than typical meringue batter. And, because of the added chocolate, they are fudgier and more soft than crisp. But that doesn’t account for why yours were so flat. Are you sure you measured the chocolate correctly?

      • — Jenn on January 3, 2018
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      • Hi Jenn,

        Thank you so much for your response !

        Im pretty sure I measured the chocolate correctly which leads me to suspect that either or both the melted chocolate temperature when I folded it in and how I folded it in (overmixing..although I stopped mixing as soon as the batter looked evenly brown).

        • — Malak on February 7, 2018
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        • Hi Malak, I actually don’t think you did anything wrong. Due to the fat (in the chocolate), the texture and height of these are definitely different than your typical meringue. Hope that clarifies!

          • — Jenn on February 7, 2018
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  • Would this work if I substituted Swerve for sugar?

    • — Mary on July 27, 2017
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    • Hi Mary, I really don’t have experience with sugar substitutes so I can’t say for sure. I’d suggest checking the Swerve package to see what the manufacturer recommends. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

      • — Jenn on July 27, 2017
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  • Well that came out bad!
    It tastes like melted sugar with chocolate flavor and the texture is weird.

    • — Anna on December 18, 2016
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  • I made half a batch of this and while the batter turned out yummy and marshmallowy (made my daughter so happy cleaning off the meringue on the beaters by licking), the baked cookies did not get that crisp shell I was expecting. And they stuck to the silicon mat and baking paper. 🙁 To think I only made small mounds of them. The shell browned a bit but remained soft, even after I added a coupla minutes more baking time. Can you please help me troubleshoot? I totally want to make this again, hopefully perfect the next time.

    • Hi Nathalie, Sorry to hear the meringues didn’t turn out as expected! Regarding the sticking, I’d suggest using parchment paper next time. In terms of the texture, it could definitely be the heat & humidity we’re all experiencing. Meringues are best made on cool day.

      • — Jenn on July 23, 2016
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  • These have been my go to cookies for a couple years now, especially for my husbands family who celebrates Passover! This year I’m adding the Forgotten Kisses. Made them last night. Perfection!!! And so easy! I love love love your site. Thank you so much

    • — Jaime C on April 22, 2016
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  • How far in advance can you make these?

    • — M green on April 18, 2016
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    • Hi M, These meringues are best made the day of or just a day ahead.

      • — Jenn on April 18, 2016
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  • Can I substitute Truvia for sugar in this recipe?

    • — Manelle Ostman on October 4, 2015
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    • Hi Manelle, I don’t have any experience baking with Truvia but I don’t recommend it — meringue is finicky so I’d stick with regular sugar.

      • — Jenn on October 9, 2015
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  • This looks like a great cookie! Can I substitute agave nectar for the granulated sugar?

    • — Christine on August 6, 2015
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    • Hi Christine, I haven’t tried it but would probably stick with this sugar on this one. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on August 6, 2015
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  • Wow! Just tried one of these bad boys and they are soo good! Delicately and lighly crispy on the outside like it says and ooey gooey chocolatey on the inside. Mmmm! Super easy too. Can’t wait to bring these to Passover dinner! Love that they are gluten free!!

    • — Jaime Cohen on April 3, 2015
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  • I have made meringues many times but never used chocolate.

    How far in advance of Passover can I make these?

    • — cecile on March 28, 2015
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    • Hi Cecile, These are really best made fresh or just a day ahead.

      • — Jenn on March 29, 2015
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  • Oh my gosh, just YUM! Gluten free baking usually bums me (and my kids) out. Even the wheat-eaters in our house were fighting over these. Thank you!

    • — Christian on December 15, 2014
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  • Hey there,

    I would really like to try this recipe and noticed that nuts are not in it. How would you go about incorporating nuts into recipe? Thanks much!

    • — Samantha on September 22, 2014
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    • Hi Samantha, I’d add a half cup of your favorite nuts along with the chocolate chips; should turn out great.

      • — Jenn on September 22, 2014
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  • Another Yummy Winning Recipe!!!

    • — Deb on August 4, 2014
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  • These taste lovely! I made them twice the size, but silly me I also doubled the cooking time, and I think they’re too hard. I also swapped the chocolate chips for white chocolate fudge.

    • — Angela on April 26, 2014
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  • I made them for Passover without cream if tartar and they were wonderful. They froze well separated by parchment. Yum!

    • — Shoshi on April 20, 2014
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  • Can we hand beat the cream of tartar,egg white and vanilla

    • — Aaron on December 16, 2013
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    • Hi Aaron, Yes, but your arm may get tired 🙂

      • — Jenn on December 17, 2013
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  • These were absolutely delicious! I tried travelling with them, but they didn’t fare as well on the road – I definitely recommend eating them day-of!

    • — Michelle on November 5, 2013
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  • I have made these cookies several times! They are super easy to make and delicious! Plus gluten free!

    • — Katz on October 23, 2013
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  • These were so easy to make, and I loved how they melted in your mouth. Plus they are a great gluten free option!

    • — Amy on March 9, 2013
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  • I made these for passover, and they are wonderfully delicious, but they do not travel well. Make sure to make them the day that you will be serving them!

    • — MichelleH on March 9, 2013
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  • Hi Jenn; I was wondering if I could replace the sugar with Stevia instead?

    • — Debbie on January 13, 2013
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    • Hi Debbie, I wish I could be more helpful but I’ve never baked with Stevia. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on January 14, 2013
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  • Thanks for publishing the perfect recipe…not just chocolate, but DOUBLE CHOCOLATE!! Mmmmm

  • love that these are gluten free. From the looks, they look so delicious. Fairly straightforward to make too

    • — R Hicks on June 27, 2012
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  • Loved this recipe! I made them for my best freind on her birthday – she has a gluten allergy and sickle cell anemia, she spent her birthday June 20th in the hospital so I was glad to surprise her with these yummy treats when she got discharged.

    • — Rachel Munyon on June 23, 2012
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  • I usually make a double batch so I have them left over. They last for days without crumbling. Love, love, love them!!! Thanks again for the recipe

    • — barbara Wood on May 18, 2012
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  • These were unbelievably delicious, and easy to make as well! Just be sure to eat them the day of – no leftovers allowed (mine crumbled by the end of the day!)

    • — Michelle on May 18, 2012
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  • These are so delicious! My husband loves meringues, so adding the chocolate made them all the more amazing.

  • I made these for my mom for Mother’s Day…she loves them! She loved the contrast between the fudgy center and the crisp outside. I will definitely make this again…yummy!

    • — Emily on May 15, 2012
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  • These are very easy to make and light. Loved them.

    • — Patricia West on May 15, 2012
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  • I LOVE these cookies!! I have made them several times now and will be making them next Sunday for a ladies’ tea. Thank you!

    • — Pamela McAlpin on May 15, 2012
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  • Oh YUM! Will definitely be making these tomorrow, thanks.

  • just made them again today. Unbelievable!! sooo good

    • — barbara Wood on April 13, 2012
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  • I made these last night and while they are incredibly delicious, I must have done something wrong. Mine look nothing like the picture — the batter was rather dry and pasty and the cookies came out flat. The texture was more that of a regular, chewy cookie. They still got rave reviews, but I want that meringue crunch then give. Thoughts???

    • — Debi on April 13, 2012
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    • Hi Debi, The batter for these is a bit thick (much different than typical meringues). Also, because of the added chocolate, they are more fudgy and soft than crisp. But that doesn’t explain why yours looked so different. Are you sure you measured the chocolate correctly?

      • — Jenn on April 13, 2012
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      • I seem to have figured these out and they’re now a staple. Always get rave reviews. I find that the key is to move a little quickly once the batter is finished to get the cookies onto the sheet and into the oven. Love them!!

        • — Debi on March 9, 2013
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  • These were amazing! My family ate them before I could serve them so I had to make another batch and they came out better! I whipped the egg whites longer. Can’t wait to have these again!

    • — Kim on April 11, 2012
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  • Mmmm, these are low fat right? Don’t tell if they aren’t. I still love them!

  • Hi Jenn So excited to have a gluten free desert!!! I am making these for passover. Thanks so much for posting this I will let you know how I do!!

    • — Kim on April 5, 2012
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  • I’ll let you know!

    • — Sue canvasser on April 4, 2012
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  • Just made them & they turned out great! Very quick and easy.
    The yield was only about 20 cookies, not 32, using a tbsp. of batter per cookie. Maybe longer beating of the eggs & sugar would have increased the volume of the batter?

    • — Nancy on April 4, 2012
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    • Hi Nancy, Did you use large eggs? Otherwise, could be a few things…did you measure the tablespoons? Even using heaping tablespoons will result in significantly less cookies. (For the record, I would never actually measure my cookies; I only mention it for the sake of figuring this out :)) You may need to beat the eggs and sugar a little longer…also, stirring instead of folding the mixture could deflate the batter a bit. Hope that helps and glad you enjoyed them!

      • — Jenn on April 5, 2012
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      • Thanks for the suggestions. I did use large eggs, but I can see how slight variations in size can make a big difference. I guess this means I’ll just have to make another batch of these delicious cookies, with your other suggestions in mind, and see what happens! Thanks!

        • — Nancy on April 11, 2012
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  • Can I freeze these?

    • — Sue canvasser on April 1, 2012
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    • Hi Sue, I’ve never tried freezing these cookies so I can’t say for sure, but I think they’d lose their delicate texture if frozen.

      • — Jenn on April 2, 2012
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  • I made these yesterday!!! OMG they are unbelievable. Will make them often

    • — barbara Wood on April 1, 2012
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  • You’ve just made me and my three daughters very happy. Yay! This looks fabulous. Can’t wait to make them. Thank you for the recipe.

  • For Passover you would have to substitute cream of tartar with potato starch……..not sure if Ghiradelli is okay for Passover………..

    • — Ada on March 29, 2012
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  • YUM!!

  • These look great. I have one note to add – baking them is always great and quick, but if you preheat the oven to 350 and then turn it off when you put them in and leave them overnight in the oven they are fabulous. I think you can really tell a difference. However, I have never done that with melted chocolate so perhaps it would be different.

    • — Lauren on March 28, 2012
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    • Hi Lauren, Yes, I use that exact method for my basic meringue cookies with chocolate chips, a.k.a. Forgotten Kisses. It wouldn’t work well for this recipe because the texture is fudgy instead of crisp throughout…in other words, you don’t want to dry them out. But you’re right, the slow bake method is definitely best for traditional meringues.

      • — Jenn on March 28, 2012
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  • Hi Jenn!
    Can’t wait to make these for my family’s Easter get-together this year! I always try to come up with something special and new (last year it was macarons), and these will be absolutely PERFECT!

    • — Michelle on March 28, 2012
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  • Jenn! These look absolutely perfect. I am meringue-obsessed, and with chocolate…hooray!

  • Sounds great. Will have to make them

    • — barbara Wood on March 28, 2012
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