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Milk Street Bowtie Chocolate Meringue Cookies

Chocolate Meringue Cookies

24 Cookies

70 minutes 40 minutes active

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These rich, yet airy flourless chocolate cookies have crisp edges and chewy interiors. They rely on whipped egg whites for their structure. To ensure your whites attain the proper volume with beating, make sure the mixer bowl, whisk and the whisk attachment are perfectly clean and without any trace of grease or fat. Either Dutch-processed or natural cocoa works well in this recipe. Leftover cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days; the edges will lose their crispness but the cookies will still taste good.




Don’t omit the step of heating the egg whites and sugar over the saucepan of simmering water. This ensures the sugar fully dissolves so the cookies bake up with shiny, crisp exteriors. But also make sure you don't overheat the mixture (100°F is the ideal temperature), which can cause the whites to cook. Also, the melted chocolate mixture should still be warm when you fold in the whipped egg whites. If it has cooled and thickened, it will be impossible to fold in the whites without deflating them. If needed, before folding in the whites, return the bowl of chocolate to the saucepan and re-melt the mixture.

70 minutes

40 minutes active

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, divided
4 tablespoons (½ stick) salted butter, cut into 4 pieces
20 grams (¼ cup) cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
3 large egg whites
145 grams (⅔ cup) packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 8

    ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, divided

  • 4

    tablespoons (½ stick) salted butter, cut into 4 pieces

  • 20

    grams (¼ cup) cocoa powder

  • ½

    teaspoon instant espresso powder

  • 3

    large egg whites

  • 145

    grams (⅔ cup) packed light brown sugar

  • 1
  • ¼

    teaspoon table salt


Chocolate Meringue Cookies

Zarinna M.
October 18, 2022
Light and Delicious
Deliciously light and great chocolate flavour.
Kat T.
December 19, 2022
use all the tools
the first time I made this, at home with a digital scale and thermometer, they worked out amazing. the second time I made this, not at home with no scale, they turned out fine, kind of brownie-like. was it the measurements or the temperature of the egg white? either way, this recipe is worth being particular with.
Meri T.

These chocolate meringue cookies are amazing! Just the thing for a chocoholic like me! A bit more work than just plunking cookie dough on a cookie sheet, but fun and worth it.

Harvey B.

Meri, they came out crisp for you after the stated cooking time? Mine were not even close to crisp despite having the cracks on top.

ray g.

Excellent recipe fun to make and oh so much chocolate in a cookie! Good stuff

Harvey B.

First Milkstreet recipe that didn't work out for me. Cooking time in my temp-verified-by-thermometer oven appeared to be way to short. Even with cracks on the tops, these just got softer and softer as they cooled and wouldn't come close to holding their shape. Put them back in to see if I could get them to firm up, promptly started to scorch. Great flavor, but the mechanics of getting a firm, crisp bite never worked for me. Flavor was outstanding but for the work involved overall a dissappointment.

Constantine C.

These are fantastic. How could we alter the recipe to use olive oil instead of butter? Liquid espresso instead of powder?

Lynn C.

Hi Constantine -

We haven't tested these with olive oil or liquid espresso, so I can't say for sure how that might work. I will say that any type of cookies with a meringue base are super finicky and can be affected by factors as mundane as the weather - humidity and rain can both cause the cookies to be soft and not crisp - so changing ingredients will definitely have an effect. If you decide to experiment, good luck, and let us know how it goes!

The Milk Street Team

Jim T.

Couldn't get the egg whites to peak. Went back and looked at the show again and saw that a 2/3 cup was used to measure the sugar. The recipe says 145 grams (or 2/3 cup), so I went with the weight. After my failure I remeasured ingredients and found 2/3 cup of sugar is nowhere near 145 grams. So I ended up using twice as much sugar which was probably the cause of my problem. THIS RECIPE NEEDS TO BE FIXED.

Lynn C.

Hi Jim -

Although Erika stated it was 2/3 cup of light brown sugar on the show, we always weigh our ingredients when developing and filming our recipes (you'll see that the sugar was actually just in a small glass bowl, not a measuring cup, because it had been measured on a scale prior to filming). We use the volume measurements on the show because most people don't have a scale to measure their ingredients. One problem with that is that measuring by volume is highly variable. One person's "packed light brown sugar" can weigh up to 60 grams more or less than another person's! When we decide on our standard weight-per-cup for various ingredients we do extensive testing as you will see here -, so I'm confident our measurements are accurate.

Whipping egg whites can be *very* finicky. Even a trace amount of yolk or fat in the bowl can deter the whites from whipping into soft peaks. It can be helpful to use three bowls to separate eggs: 1 for the white of each egg, that is then transferred to bowl #3, 1 for the yolks, and 1 for the total amount of white. That way if some yolk accidentally gets into the white as you separate it, you don't lose all of the egg white you've already separated. It's also helpful to wipe down your bowl and beaters with lemon juice or a small amount of vinegar to eliminate any grease that may be on the bowl/beaters.

The Milk Street Team

Bruce M.

Everything looked perfect. Egg whites whipped perfectly. They looked gorgeous until I took them out of the oven, and they just deflated. What did I do wrong??