Pistachio-chocolate chip meringue cookies that are crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and majorly tasty.
pistachio-chocolate chip meringue cookies

I told you – they’re pretty ugly.

But thankfully, when it comes to cookies,Β there’s nothing that a pretty bowl and a cute linen can’t fix. If only that were true for all of life’s trials and tribulations, specifically the myriad experiments I’ve tried to do andΒ failed so far in the new year…if.only.

Anyways. Cookies. That’s what we’re really here for.


If you’ve ever had meringues from the supermarket, I BEG YOU to leave those memories behind and focus on the here and now. Homemade meringues are not even the same species as those dry chalky cardboard puffs.

No, these are crispy on the outside, chewy and chocolatey on the inside with some serious pistachio crunch. They’ll melt in your mouth and not in your hand.

Over and over and over again as you keep sneaking over to the cookie tray to pop one in your mouth.

Go ahead. I’ll look the other way.


Pistachio-Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies
Pistachio-chocolate chip meringue cookies that are crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and majorly tasty.
Yield: 36 cookies
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups (185g) shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped and toasted
  • 8 oz dark chocolate chips or chunks
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and cinnamon.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the egg whites and sugar until combined. Place over a pot of simmering water and heat until warm to the touch and sugar has dissolved, whisking constantly, 4-6 minutes.
  4. Transfer the bowl back to the mixer and, using the whisk attachment, beat until mixture is glossy and slightly stiff peaks form. Add in the vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. Switch the mixer to the paddle attachment. Add the flour mixture to the bowl and beat until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then mix for another 5 seconds.
  6. Fold the pistachios and the chocolate chunks into the batter.
  7. Using a small ice cream or medium cookie scoop, drop the batter onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between cookies. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cookies are hard and starting to crack on top, rotating the pans halfway through baking.
  8. Allow to cool on the pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Transfer to the racks to cool completely.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie

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64 Responses to Pistachio-Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

  1. what!? did you call these… ugly!? they look gorgeously delicious! i love the chewy chocolatey interior with the pistacio πŸ™‚
    have a nice weekend!

  2. Johanna GGG says:

    oh these are so cute, how can you call them ugly! (would they keep their shape with piping instead of scooping – I made meringues for the first time recently and they looked cute when I piped them) and they sound delicious

  3. I think they’re pretty! BUT, even if they weren’t, my stomach does not eyeballs and it DEFINITELY does not care about cookie appearance. Especially when the cookie involves chocolate and pistachio. Now that sounds ah-may-zing.

  4. These are really actually quite cute and I bet very delicious!

  5. Pistachios have to be one of my favourite nuts, but I have never put them in a cookie. What is wrong with me!?!?!

  6. I think they look beautiful!

  7. Stop it. Just stop πŸ™‚
    Pistachio is one of my all time favorite flavors! And of course I love chocolate. Soooo, these cookies are pretty much perfect in my opinion.

  8. debbie says:

    I think they look great….I would definitely eat one. Now if you could just pass one through my computer!!!!

  9. I SO need to make meringues!! These look so light yet crisp and just YUM

  10. Beth says:

    I love, love, love meringue cookies. Yours look gorgeous – and I bet they taste gorgeous, too.

  11. You had me at pistachios. And Chocolate. And meringue. Because…duh.

  12. SallyBR says:

    Ugly? These are ADORABLE! like baby owls, you know? πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

    really, this recipe is making me go weak in the knees…. I just know I would love everything about it

  13. Are these the same cookies that served as your pre-workout fuel?? I’m going to have to agree with everyone else here. These are definitely NOT ugly at all. I could sink my teeth into these easily.

  14. What?! These cookies are adorbs and I don’t think my tastebuds would care either way—I NEED these gorgeous ‘thangs asap!

  15. I think these cookies are darling! And I’m sure they are every bit as delicious as they look!

  16. Meg says:

    Aw, they’re not so bad! But looks aside, I’m sure they taste fantastic!

  17. They ain’t ugly at all, Joanne. I think they are beautifully rustic and delicious.

  18. Oh heeeeeck yes. These look nothing like those store-bought meringues. The soft and slightly gooey center is what gets me the most. Also props to you for making a less-beautiful cookie look totally appetizing!

  19. Heather says:

    At first I thought you were posting an ice cream recipe, ha ha! Love that crisp outside with a chewy interior.

  20. They look delicious to me! I’ve never made meringue before. I’d love one (or three) of these right now with hot tea!

  21. These are far from ugly!!! In fact, all I needed to see was that last shot, the inside of that gorgeous pistachio-chocolate-chip-meringue. . and I’m sold!!! Delicious!! and no more store bought meringue cookies!! I’ve never purchased them from the store for that reason. I’m not into the dry chalky cardboard puffs.:)

  22. I made meringues for the first time over the holidays, but yours look waayyyy better than mine did! Plus that chew factor inside these cookies looks amazing. If I feel like baking this weekend, this is what I’ll be making!!

  23. They look sooooo cheery and wonderful on the inside! Definitely trying it! Pinning!

  24. That cute linen comment is so true!! I’ve been having the opposite problem when I’ve been home in only having ugly linens! These cookies don’t look nearly as bad as you alluded to before! I’d definitely eat one!

  25. Seriously – you think these don’t look appetizing? Well – only one thing to do about that – wrap ’em up and send them to me! These remind me of the ones my mom made when I was a wee one! I haven’t ever tried making meringues before – thanks so much for the inspiration Joanne!

  26. Kate says:

    Merigues are always ugly, but they feel so healthy!

  27. Love these Joanne, love that they not only have choc chips but are also chocolate – yum!

  28. Your baking skills are simply amazing. Oh my goodness, just look at these decadent cookies. I wish I had some of these right now.

  29. I actually thought it was ice cream. But since I didn’t bring my ice cream maker to Toronto (sad!) I was glad to see it’s something I can actually make! THese cookies sound amazing!!

  30. meringues always look a little like ice cream to me, and that first pic i thought…is that chocolate ice cream!? haha πŸ™‚ they sound amazing.

  31. Not ugly at all! I love meringues but rarely have them homemade. Can’t wait!!

  32. Kelly says:

    Love these meringues and definitely don’t think they’re ugly. I would gladly take any off your hands:)

  33. Yum. These sound amazing no matter what they look like!

  34. Eileen says:

    These sound amazing! Proving once again that the messiest, ugliest foods are always the most delicious. πŸ™‚

  35. They’re not ugly at all, just deceptive. In the bowl they look like ice cream. πŸ™‚ But I would not be disappointed one bit when I took a bite, I love the idea of crunchy / chewy meringue!

  36. Kathy says:

    I used to make meringue cookies quite often when my kids were younger! I always loved the crunchy outside and chewy inside! Love the pistachio chocolate flavor! Very nice!

  37. It’s Friday and I need some cookies to kick of the weekend! Time to get my cookie on with this recipe!

  38. There aren’t ugly at all – they look like perfect meringues!

  39. These look amazing !! Soft and gooey on the inside – oh gosh I can’t wait to make these! Happy new year Joanne !! All the best to you both in 2015! Xoxo Anna and Liz

  40. Trisha says:

    These aren’t ugly at all. I love that shot of the inside texture–can’t resist! And these are totally healthy with all the egg whites, right?

  41. Well, I’ve only had store bought meringues and I love them! So, I can’t even imagine how good these will taste!

  42. I think Dave would love these πŸ™‚

  43. Krista says:

    About fifteen years ago I was addicted to chocolate chip meringues. I’d love them even more with pistachios. πŸ™‚

  44. Sarah says:

    This looks amazing! Not ugly at all – looks like ice cream in a bowl, yum!

  45. Corina says:

    These look amazingly chewy on the inside – I just wouldn’t be able to stop eating them!

  46. Mary says:

    They’re not ugly at all! they’re gorgeous – love the pistachios – I agree the store bought ones are not worth the time or money – yours on the the other hand really do look like “melt in your mouth”:)

  47. These look like non-melting scoops of ice cream, and I want to eat like 5 of them, immediately. πŸ˜‰

  48. This is a nice way to highlight that we shouldn’t judge on appearances. Because, clearly, these are worth embracing, bumps and all!

  49. These cookies look amazing! Love the chewy meringue, so good!

  50. Deena kakaya says:

    You had me at pistachio and chocolate but you took the temptation level to a whole new life with that meringue! X

  51. I love the delicate look of meringue cookies. And, that chocolaty interior looks amazing too!

  52. grace says:

    meringues definitely need some help in the flavor department, and you’ve picked some great additions!

  53. Wow! I bet these taste a bit like macarons .. which I absolutely love! Liking the idea of that pistachio crunch, too!
    Hope your experiments go a bit better this week … you’ll have to take some of these cookies to work with you to cheer you up just in case!

  54. Mira says:

    These aren’t ugly at all (my opinion!) ! I actually love them ! Great flavors and a wonderful, chewy inside! Pinned for later!

  55. Lynn says:

    But they look so good!

  56. Zainab says:

    Oh there is crunch on the inside?? I am in love!

  57. Pistachios and chocolate chips are so tasty together πŸ˜€
    Love the flavour!

    Choc Chip Uru

  58. Susan says:

    They certainly look beautiful to me! Oh my, what a tasty treat. Pinning.

  59. Two of my favorite flavors in one cookie – just I just have to try these…

  60. I’m so glad I got over my fear of meringue cookies because I totally need these!

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  62. Anna says:

    I have just made these. They turned out just like yours and are delicious so your directions are ‘tried and true’. I gave some out as Hostess gifts and they were loved by the recipients!! Compliments to you!!!!

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