Nutella Meringues and Cooking with Mom

by Dorothy Reinhold on April 29, 2012

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My mother is a wonderful cook, and it was truly my good fortune to be able to learn at her elbow in the kitchen.

Helen Reinhold cooking, circa 1970sI recall cooking a bit in Brownie Scouts and Girl Scouts, and feeling like I really earned those cooking badges, but frankly, it was the everyday chopping and coring, scraping and stirring, boiling and baking to help my mom make dinner for our family of 6 that taught me the ways of the kitchen.

Mother's recipe boxSo, as Mother’s Day nears, I am mindful that I want to pass the same life skills on to my own daughter, who is now 14.

Pay it forward, culinarily.

She chose this beguiling recipe for Nutella Meringues from the Toronto-based blog Cream Puffs in Venice. Isn’t it great how a Canadian kitchen can inspire a Southern California teenager?

These crisp sweets combine the best of two beloveds for my girl – Nutella and airy meringues.

There are only a couple of ingredients, but lots of bowls and spoons to lick and plenty of kitchen techniques to convey.

Separating an eggYou have to learn how to crack and separate eggs. (Blue fingernails optional.)

Whipping egg whitesWhen are the whites foamy?

Adding sugar to egg whitesYou must be patient as you add the sugar.

Adding Nutella to egg whitesYou can glob in the softened Nutella…

Folding Nutella into egg whites…but then you must fold it gently for the marbled effect.

Folding Nutella into egg whitesYou are going for a marbled effect, so don’t over stir.

Nutella meringues onto parchment paperTwo spoons are most efficient for forming the mounds.

Nutella meringues on the baking sheetSpace them neatly on the parchment paper.

Nutella meringues in bowlWork relatively quickly so the whites don’t deflate.

Measuring Nutella meringuesConsistent size is the key to even baking.

Nutella meringues into the ovenDon’t be afraid of the hot oven!

Licking the spoon from Nutella MeringuesWhen all is done, you may lick the bowl and beaters (if you have no immune issues; remember, this is raw egg whites. See note below in recipe.).

Thanks, Mom, for teaching me to cook so many decades ago.

I’m repaying your delicious gift, and passing it along.

Katie Reinhold, Helen Reinhold, Nick ReinholdHappy Mother’s Day! 

Recipe: Nutella Meringues

Summary: Light, airy and tasting delicately of chocolate hazelnut, these meringues are a Nutella dream come true. They’re great by themselves or a cup of coffee or tea, and also wonderful with fresh strawberries.


  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature (Safest Choice pasteurized eggs preferred)
  • A pinch of cream of tartar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Make sure you have one oven rack in the bottom third of your oven and one in the upper third of your oven.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Measure Nutella into a glass cup and warm slightly in the microwave (10-20 seconds), just to loosen it slightly. Set Nutella aside to cool as you make the meringue.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, place the egg whites. Beat on medium-high speed until they are completely foamy. Add the cream of tartar and the salt and continue whipping at medium-high speed until, when you lift the whisk attachment, soft peaks form. This should take a few minutes.
  5. Once you have reached the soft peak stage, increase the speed to high and begin adding the sugar a few spoonfuls at a time (this should take a few minutes). Once all the sugar is in, the meringue should be very thick (almost stiff) and when you left the whisk firm peaks should remain and it will be glossy.
  6. Remove the bowl from the mixer and drop in all the Nutella. With a rubber spatula, gently fold the Nutella into the meringue three or four times. You’re aiming for a swirled effect so don’t over mix. This will also help avoid deflating the meringue.
  7. Using two spoons, drop the meringue onto the parchment-lined baking sheets in large dollops.
  8. Place trays in the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, immediately lower the heat to 200 degrees F. and rotate the trays. Bake for 1 hour.
  9. After 1 hour, check the meringues by sacrificing one; break it open and see if it is completely dried out. If so, then turn the oven off and leave the meringues in the oven for a few hours to cool with the oven. If the meringues still look a bit wet, then continue baking for another 20 minutes or so. Either way, once fully baked, turn off the oven and leave the meringues in there for 3 hours.
  10. When you remove the meringues from the oven they should be completely dry and cool and will sound hollow when you tap the bottoms.
  11. The meringues will keep in an airtight container for a week.
  12. Makes 40.


We saw this recipe at Cream Puffs in Venice. If you click over there, be sure to take note of her “Magazine Monday” series, where she cooks her way through her pile of food magazines. Brilliant!


Have you ever heard of Safest Choice eggs? They’re pasteurized in the shell (amazing technology). If your kids like to eat the batter before baking, like mine do, they would be a good choice for this recipe.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 20 (2 cookies per serving)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Luisa Bellissimo November 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Just got to your blog from Christina Cucina’s blog.
Love Nutella too.
Luisa from Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada ( the city above Toronto, really about one hour North of downtown)


Couscous & Consciounsess September 28, 2015 at 11:51 pm

Dorothy, this is a beautiful way of celebrating the time you have spent in the kitchen with your Mum, and the influence she has had on you as a cook, and to also share that with your daughter.

I loved making these meringues for my SRC assignment this month. They went down an absolute treat, and will definitely be making an appearance in my kitchen again. I’m thinking I might also trying turning this into a Nutella Pavlova when berry season comes around to top it with.


Dorothy Reinhold October 6, 2015 at 8:12 pm

I think the Pavlova idea is GREAT! I have thought of doing that, but just didn’t get around to it yet. It would be brilliant with strawberries or raspberries piled on top.


Sally Newton February 5, 2015 at 7:21 am

You know I love Nutella, love meringues, but I ADORE blue fingernails…. not optional, no, not optional!



Dorothy Reinhold February 5, 2015 at 10:55 am

EVERYONE should have blue fingernails at one time or another. 🙂


Lentil Breakdown May 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Blue fingernails make everything taste better!


Mama's Gotta Bake May 3, 2012 at 12:52 am

I love nutella and I love meringues, I just never baked them together before. I can’t wait to give these a try!


Dorothy May 3, 2012 at 7:12 am

It’s a match made in sugar heaven!


Nancy Long April 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm

hubby is on a Nutella kick, so will be making these very soon


Najib May 28, 2012 at 1:55 am

This is absolutely gorgeous! I can see why the whole fam loved it. The perfect spring dessert. Great job! It looks like you have so much fun with blogging.


Connie Kaiser April 30, 2012 at 7:39 am

Lovely article. Lovely tribute. 3 Generations.


Dorothy April 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Thank you!


Lael Hazan @educatedpalate April 30, 2012 at 6:13 am

Nutella and meringue? Inspired combo. Our 12 year old is now interested in everything Macaron, I can see some Nutella ones forming now. Thank you


Dorothy April 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Nutella macarons would be sublime!


Selvin May 28, 2012 at 5:22 am

Wow, that looks so good! I too never think to make meringues, even though they should be so easy, I just never think of them. Oddly enough I’ve just returned from holiday in New Zealand (home of the pavlova althoguh there is some fight as to whether it was actually the Aussies who invented it) and I didn’t actually eat it whilst out there. You post might be just want I needed to prompt me into action.


Katherine Martinelli April 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Such a sweet post! I love it. Happy mother’s day!


Dorothy April 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Thanks! Sweets for the sweeties!


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