Chocolate Meringue Corn Flake Cookies

These Chocolate Meringue Corn Flake Cookies are a Christmas cookie classic that has been made for decades for a reason, delicious, crunchy and gluten-free.

close up piece of Chocolate Corn Flake Meringues with cherries in the middle
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These retro Chocolate Corn Flake Meringues need to grace your Christmas table this year. I would never lie to you guys, so trust me when I tell you that these are a must-have, not only for this Christmas but every Christmas from here on in. I didn’t set out to make a gluten-free Christmas treat at all, this recipe is one that I saw in a really old cookbook a few months back and had bookmarked to make them for Christmas.

Chocolate Meringue Corn Flake Cookies with cherries

I realized soon after that every single ingredient in here can be found gluten-free, which makes me incredibly happy. Finding a dessert that doesn’t feel like you are sacrificing any taste or awesomeness to make it gluten-free makes me a happy girl indeed for all my readers that have to abstain from gluten. Simply buy a corn flakes cereal that is gluten free – Nature’s Path makes a corn flake cereal as well as many others – and make sure that the rest of your ingredients are as well.

Did the title of this recipe spark memories for you or did you draw a complete blank on these? I didn’t think that I had ever had them but that changed the moment that I bit into one fresh from the oven. I knew, just instantly knew, that I had tasted these before. I’m not sure if it was decades ago at Sunday school or perhaps a school function, or maybe even a family member had made them…but I’ve had them.

These are melt-in-your-mouth, crunchy, chocolate deliciousness. They are exceptional a few minutes fresh from the oven, the melted chocolate inside making them to-die-for. They simmer down to the range of absolutely delicious when cooled completely.

I am going full-out retro this Christmas. The goodies that I have baked up before we head out on vacation are all pulled from recipes boxes and old cookbooks that haven’t seen the light of day in years.

Kenwood-Mixer power whisk and 2 fresh eggs

These gorgeous meringues require you to beat the egg whites, adding in the icing sugar until it’s smooth, gorgeous mixture that peaks when you lift it with a spoon.

Look at that swirl. It needs to be a thick, glossy, sturdy mixture in order for these to be the best of the best.

thick, glossy and sturdy meringue swirl in a power whisk

Once you beat the meringues, you stir in the corn flakes, chocolate chips, coconut and top with cherries or sprinkles. The cherries are the gluten-free topping, by the way, and the one that I prefer.

Drop them onto a parchment lined baked sheet and you are ready to go.

meringues with corn flakes, chocolate chips, coconut and cherries on top in a parchment lined baked sheet

Then, you simply dry them out in the oven for about half an hour.

4 pieces Chocolate Corn Flake Meringues with cherries on top

Again, if you can manage it, try one of these at about 5 minutes out of the oven. When the chocolate isn’t going to burn your mouth, but will still be warm and melty. It will seriously be a bite of heaven.

close up Chocolate Corn Flake Meringues in a white background with Christmas ribbon design

These Chocolate Corn Flake Meringues are going to be my stand-by now for a good gluten-free Christmas treat. How amazing is it that you can have something this delicious on hand for any friends or family that eat gluten-free?

close up piece of Chocolate Corn Flake Meringues with cherries in the middle

Happy baking everyone! Give these Chocolate Corn Flake Meringues a try and let me know what you think!

Love you more than chocolate,


Chocolate Meringue Corn Flake Cookies

These Chocolate Meringue Corn Flake Cookies are a Christmas cookie classic that has been made for decades for a reason, delicious, crunchy and gluten-free.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup of sifted icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 2 cups corn flakes cereal
  • 1 package chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • candied cherries


  • Pre-heat oven to 300°F.
  • Beat the egg whites until stiff. Slowly add the sugar, beating continuously until the egg white are satiny and smooth. Add salt, then stir in the remaining ingredients gently, excepting cherries.
  • Grease or parchment line a cookie sheet. Drop by teaspoonful onto the cookie sheet then press a cherry half into the center of each.
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until well dried out. Remove and store in sealed container once cooled.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 35kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 31mg, Potassium: 18mg, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 30IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 0.5mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Wan says

    Hmm, these are a lot different from the few meringues that I’ve ever tried. I’ve never seen meringue with mix-ins (the chocolate chips and corn flakes) so it was just plain meringue (I guess?) and I really didn’t like it at all. I’m definitely interested in trying these since I’m certain the taste and texture would be a lot better!

  2. JustineVSanford says

    KitchenMagpie Thanks for the NaturesPath shout-out! DM me if you’d like and we’ll send you some more sweet treats 🙂

  3. carashers says

    KitchenMagpie hate to be that guy but corn flakes have barley malt in them, so unfortunately aren’t gluten free 🙁

    • KitchenMagpie says

      carashers it doesn’t have to be brand ones, there are pure “corn” flakes out there, no gluten!

    • KitchenMagpie says

      carashers If you’re looking, Nature’s Path apparently makes a great gluten free corn flake!

      • carashers says

        KitchenMagpie huzzah! Corn flake cookies for everyone!

  4. The Kitchen Magpie says

    Definitely try it with plain unsweetened coconut to cut the sugar!

  5. The Kitchen Magpie says

    Yah it’s not good for a person 🙁

  6. Heather Pollock says

    I OD on Splenda fall 2013 and ended up with colitis so I stay away from that crap!!! It makes me sick still along with many other food sensitivities I now have!!! Ticks me off ;(

  7. The Kitchen Magpie says

    Hmmm. Maybe try coconut without sugar and use splenda? Splenda might work like powdered sugar in the meringue…but I don’t guarantee it! I’m the worst person when it comes to splenda and recipes!

  8. Heather Pollock says

    Oh man… Yummy and gluten free… I’m in 🙂
    Just gonna have to ride my bike like crazy to use up the sugar in my blood!!!

  9. GenOlivier says

    KitchenMagpie I am TOTALLY making these! I remember them! Mmmm thanks for the recipe.

    • KitchenMagpie says

      GenOlivier I remembered these as soon as I tasted them, I had forgotten all about them! SO retro and awesome. And easy, I loove them!

      • GenOlivier says

        KitchenMagpie it’s probably been 30yrs since I have had one. So I’m super excited.

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