Flourless Chocolate Cookies

rich, fudgey, & gluten-free

I had an awesome, low-key birthday. I always feel like Thanksgiving is my secret birthday party, in that I get to see all of my friends, eat and drink well, and have a ton of fun, but nobody realizes that my birthday is just around the corner (or sometimes, had just passed the day before). It’s nice, because nobody really needs to know! There’s no birthday pressure and I don’t feel like I’m supposed to go crazy or get drunk – I can just enjoy some good company and relax. We did celebrate a bit early this weekend when my brothers were still here, first, by going to see Grace on Saturday on Broadway with Michael Shannon and Paul Rudd. I should have known it’d be weird with Michael Shannon involved, but it was good all the same and it’s always exciting to go see a play. We can really only afford to go to one a year because of how outrageously expensive they are, and I think we made a good choice. On Sunday, we headed over to The Tenement Museum, which if you know me, you’ll recognize as a place I’ve been wanting to check out for a while and is right up my alley in the cool-old-New-York-stuff department. I did major in American history in college, after all! Following the museum, we went for oysters and cocktails at The Grey Lady, conveniently located right next door. We finished our oysters and wrapped up my brothers’ trip with one of my favorite bars in Brooklyn, Noorman’s Kil, where we had bourbon and grilled cheese sandwiches with tomatoes and mustard (don’t knock it ’til you try it). I’m sad that my brothers are gone, but hopefully they will be able to make another trip out soon. On Monday, which was my actual birthday, Kramer and I were absolutely exhausted from our four day weekend, so we had a quiet dinner from The Meatball Shop (the meatballs are great, but their polenta is amazing) and watched this week’s episodes of Homeland and The Walking Dead. I’m an old lady at 24 years now, and I don’t think I could have had a better birthday.

Flourless Chocolate CookiesMy awesome new sweater, which was a birthday present to myself.

I made these cookies what seems like ages ago, but I figured that they’d be best served as a holiday cookie recipe and saved them until now. I baked them before going to a friend’s birthday party (Danielle of Least Likely) who has to eat gluten-free, and to be honest, I was a bit troubled as to what to make. I’m not a gluten-free or vegan baker. I have no idea what substitutes are good to use because, in all honesty, I’ve never used any. I was trying to think of something tasty but without a bunch of weird flours and whatnot, as well as without peanut butter, because I worry about bringing something like that to a party where I don’t know how severe other peoples’ allergies may be. I landed on these flourless chocolate cookies. They were absolutely perfect; chewy on the inside, slightly crisp around the edges, with a light, almost meringue-like texture. It doesn’t hurt that they are absolutely exploding with rich, gooey chocolate. The key to these is to use a high quality cocoa powder, as that is the only base with which the cookies are held together. I chose Rodelle, who has been kind enough to share their products with me. The cocoa powder is truly delightful, with a strong cocoa flavor, unlike some of the chalky, less expensive brands. Now, I’m not going to worry about using a cheaper brand when the recipe calls for a teaspoon or two of cocoa, but these flourless chocolate cookies require something with more depth of flavor. Thankfully, I’ve got a big ol’ container for Rodelle’s cocoa powder and a tube of their lovely vanilla beans to give away to one of you. Just comment here – you can tell me how you can’t wait to make these particular cookies, or what you’re looking forward to baking in general this holiday season. I’ll pick a winner a week from now and ship out the products just in time for your cookie baskets to go out!

Flourless Chocolate CookiesWe saw Grace this weekend – it was interesting, to say the least. Michael Shannon was awesome, to state the obvious.

Flourless Chocolate CookiesWe went and did karaoke in the East Village.

Flourless Chocolate CookiesMy brothers, Kramer and I got oysters, smoked blue fish tuna pate, and fries after going to the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side.

Flourless Chocolate CookiesThe lovely purse that Kramer got me for my birthday.

Flourless Chocolate CookiesGrab your cocoa powder – a good quality chocolate is key to these.

Flourless Chocolate CookiesMix everything up. It will look weird. You will be worried. It will be okay.

Flourless Chocolate CookiesLike I said, it looks weird! But I promise that they will bake wonderfully.

Flourless Chocolate CookiesSee? Now let them cool before you remove them from the parchment.

Flourless Chocolate CookiesStore in an airtight container for up to a week and enjoy!

5.0 from 4 reviews
Flourless Chocolate Cookies
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Serves: 25-30 cookies
Rich, fudgey, flourless (and gluten-free!) chocolate chip cookies.
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups semisweet chocolate chips or roughly chopped chocolate
  • *feel free to add walnuts, pecans, M&Ms, or any other add-in
  • sea salt, for sprinkling (optional)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 (or 4, if you're like me and pop another tray in right when the first has come out of the oven). If you're baking for someone with a gluten allergy, don't do this, but if not, sprinkle the parchment with a bit of flour (or, if you have it, rice or almond flour), as the cookies can be a bit sticky when coming off of the parchment. I didn't do this, but I think I will in the future. You'll definitely need a spatula to wiggle them off the parchment later on.
  2. In your mixer (or, honestly, in a big bowl with a heavy wooden spoon), mix together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt. Beat in the egg whites until well combined, followed by the vanilla, then fold in the chocolate. Don't freak out - the batter is supposed to look deflated and weird.
  3. Scoop about 2 teaspoons worth of dough about 2-inches apart from one another onto your trays (they will spread). Sprinkle with just a touch of sea salt, if you like, and bake for 13-15 minutes, until the surfaces are set and slightly cracked. Allow to cool completely before removing from the trays with a spatula. These will keep well in an airtight container for up to 1 week at room temperature.
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85 Responses

  1. Emily D. says:

    These cookies look incredible, and I somehow screwed up making vanilla bean whipped cream over Thanksgiving so I could use a redo.

  2. Happy birthday! It sounds like you had a perfect weekend. The cookies look fabulous, but I’m zeroing in on those oysters – I’ve been craving them and that photo isn’t helping!

  3. RK says:

    Happy Birthday! Love your new purse. I am going to try baking one of the Czech christmas cookies my mom makes. My son just loves them so I will try to make them for the first time! P.S. there’s cocoa in the recipe :)

  4. Jenn Young says:

    I can’t wait to make these cookies with my bestie, Mandi. She has Celiac disease and I have recently gone gluten free myself so we are always looking for GF goodies to make.

  5. Erin Maloney says:

    “Even old New York was once New Amsterdaaaam…” Yay karaoke! And yay for chocolate, gluten-free cookies! These would be an amazing new addition to my adventures in baking.

  6. katrina says:

    sounds great…..ive never tried a flourless cookie before

  7. sarah says:

    ooh i would love that cocoa to make these! my GF flour is so expensive, this is such a better alternative.

  8. Regan says:

    These cookies look awesome! And I’m so glad you said, “you’ll be worried.”…..cuz I always think I’ve ruined a recipe at a crucial stage when it looks weird……now I’ll be relaxed and know they’ll work out! THANKS! Also, very cool sweater! :o)

  9. The cookies look delicious! I make 12 different kinds of cookies for Christmas, but I know I will find time to make this recipe also- it looks too good to pass up!!

  10. Happy Bday and these cookies look stellar! I used to make all kinds of GF cookies but more cookie-balls and no-bakes than actual cookies. Yours are perfect – LOVE the loaded-with-chocolate action. And love Rodelle products!

  11. Sylvie says:

    Great to hear you had a great start to 24! And these cookies look inspiring, I may just have to give them a go.

  12. I’m excited to do a lot of holiday baking this year! I slacked a little last year, so I’m hoping to make up for it over the next few weeks. :)

  13. Deb says:

    I’m charmed! What an enchanting chocolate cookie! My favorite chocolate lover has a birthday next week. These wondrous morsels may be on the menu!

  14. Caitlin says:

    These cookies look amazing! I’ve made flourless peanut butter, but I love this idea! Can’t wait to make them for my staff Christmas party!

  15. Oh these will be great for my gluten intolerant housemate. I love to bake so it’s sad when she can’t really enjoy it.

  16. Amanda says:

    Perfect timing! I’m heading to visit a friend this weekend, who just found out she can no longer eat gluten, dairy, or soy. Love that I can make these with things I already have in the pantry! :)

  17. sizzle says:

    Every year I make butter cookies in memory of my dad who passed away when I was 19. He learned to make them from his mother and every holiday he would make them and give them away. They are pretty easy with just butter, flour and powdered sugar (he grew up in the Depression Era so less was more). They taste great with a cup of tea! But I will definitely try these flourless ones you have here- they look delicious.

  18. Dana says:

    I’m going to file this one away! Most flourless recipes seem to have a foundation of ground nuts, and while I’d love to make baked goods for my gluten free friends, I can’t have the nuts in my house. This is perfect!

  19. Matt says:

    Those look incredible and so does that cocoa powder!

  20. miki says:

    These cookies look absolutely sinful. I’m definitely baking this soon!

  21. Jane M says:

    those cookies look just GREAT! I have a gluten free eating friend – for sure I will be baking these for when she comes to dinner here! Nice jar of cocoa powder too!

  22. Debra says:

    We’re having an English Department party in a couple of weeks, and one of the other teachers is gluten-free. I was planning on contributing a dessert, so this seems like a good option!

  23. Nathalie says:

    Mmmm.. I’ve been experimenting with gluten-free cuisine, but like you, don’t like all the different kinds of flour you need for baking. This recipe looks easy– I already have all the ingredients!

  24. christina says:

    this is perfect! I have a bunch of frozen eggs whites I need to use…..

  25. Stacey Evans says:

    Hi Sydney, thanks again for sharing another fabulous recipe! One of my best friend’s is in the hospital this week getting a total hip replacement and she eats a gluten free diet. I’m bringing her dinner after her rehab and this will be the perfect dessert. Thanks, Stacey

  26. Jenn says:

    I have been gluten free for a short period of time so am still trying to find interesting recipes. Looking forward to trying these!

  27. Spencer says:

    Looks delicious! I would so love to try some!

  28. Kris O. says:

    I am so excited about this recipe since I can’t make as many of your recipes now since we can’t eat gluten. These will DEFINITELY be making these this month. Maybe I will wait to see if I win that amazing cocoa and vanilla beans! I am printing the recipe out now. Love your blog! Happy Birthday.

  29. Kris O. says:

    I don’t know if this will be a duplicate, but my comment doesn’t show up like normal. We are gluten free now, so this recipe will be perfect for our first gluten free Christmas cookie season. The recipe is already printed and ready when you ship me out that amazing cocoa powder and vanilla beans (would LOVE to win). Thank you for a great blog, I love your recipes. Happy Birthday!

  30. Happy Birthday :) The simplest birthdays are always the best! Glad you enjoyed your day.

  31. barbara says:

    i have wanted to try a gluten free treat, these look great.

  32. Rebecca says:

    I’m going to whip out the summer peaches I squirreled away in my deep freezer and make some delicious peach cobbler. The perfect antithesis to too much cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

  33. Jess says:

    Happy Birthday! Your blog has changed my life. Ever since I discovered it I have been making cookies at least once a month and bring them to school with me. People say that I should open up my own bakery in our art room. These cookies are perfect because I have tried being gluten-free several times and I can never stay away from baked goods. I also have some gluten-free friends so I cannot wait to bake these! I would bake them now but I just made snickerdoodles yesterday. (P.S. Cute Sweater!)

  34. Jen says:

    Sydney, from one Star Wars (and Walking Dead!) fanatic to another, that sweater is fantastic as is the bag Kramer got you. I take it your birthday was on the 26th? Mine was on the 25th. ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy belated birthday!

    These cookies look delicious! I’ve been wanting to try something gluten free or vegan as a I have a lot of friends who are. They look gooey and perfect and right up my alley as a chocoholic. Can’t wait to give the recipe a try! I’m also excited to make cake balls, peanut butter cookies, and biscotti which I always try to give as gifts around Christmas.

  35. Most awesome birthday present ever. And is it weird that I thought Paul Rudd was Karev from Greys?

    Anyway, lets talk about these cookies. I’ve always been so turned off by anything “flourless” but I can definitely get on board with these cookies!

  36. Cissa says:

    These look amazing! I have several friends and relatives that are gluten-free, and it’ll be wonderful to be able to give them some fabulous cookies for the holidays.

  37. Hannah says:

    can’t wait to get home to a real kitchen and try to make them myself! i bet just a teaspoon of grated orange peel would make them absolutely devine.

  38. Sara says:

    Have a friend with celiacs-these look like they’d be a great Christmas gift for her! Can’t wait to try them…

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  40. natalie says:

    Need some good quality cocoa to make my own cookies! With rum or maybe some nuts ๐Ÿ˜€
    Glad to hear you had a fun birthday :)

  41. Christina says:

    Chocolate cookies are the best! I’m looking forward to making my mom’s chocolate-almond toffee; it’s a family favorite!

  42. Sam H says:

    I feel like I have so many cookies on the horizon, it’s hard to choose just one thing I’d make with the cocoa powder and vanilla beans! I’d probably start with some vanilla bean icing of some sort!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. LeAnne says:

    I used to buy cookies like this at Whole Foods and loved them. I’ve been looking for a good recipe to re-create them at home and I think this is the one!

  44. Lola says:

    I’m thinking about dusting off a lemon pecan sandies recipe a friend of mine gave to me many years ago. They are lovely and great with tea or coffee. These also look scrumptious, though!

  45. karen says:

    Looking forward to making rugelach with my daughter when she gets home from college for winter break.

  46. Lynna says:

    HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY!!! You are definitely not old at all! ๐Ÿ˜€ This season I`m looking forward to baking cookies for my friends! Every year I bake something for everyone after finals week. Hehe.

  47. Gabrielle says:

    I’ve been meaning to make cookies like these for a while! I’ve never used fancy cocoa, but I know using vanilla beans instead of vanilla extract definitely makes a difference in flavor. Happy belated birthday!

  48. Becky W says:

    These look delicious and since I’m eating GF now, I’ll definitely be making them! Thank you!!!

  49. Jen T. says:

    I’m glad you had such a great birthday! One of my best friends has a Thanksgiving-time birthday too (the 28th) and she’s always loved getting to see everyone she cares about right around her birthday too.

    I will most definitely be baking these cookies next weekend- I’m at a new office that does lots of holiday treats, but I don’t know about different peoples’ allergies, so these will be perfect! Thanks so much!

  50. Sarah says:

    Amazing recipe! My family has a huge sweet tooth but are trying our best to be GF right now, so this recipe definitely comes in handy! :)

  51. Laura says:

    Annnnddd drooling again. Catching up on blog reading tonight (this morning?) and you are killing me!

  52. Erica says:

    AH! These aren’t completely paleo, but they are more paleo-friendly than most cookies, so I’m making them and eating them! I live in a po-dunk town so I will TRY to find something fancier than Hershey’s, but when you aren’t eating much chocolate (or sugar or bread or cheese), Hershey’s tastes decadent! Stoked!

  53. Lindsay says:

    These look amazing! I’ve added pfeffernusse to our Christmas baking list the last couple years and they are delightful. I think you’d like them…not-too sweet spice cookies with a kick! And they look like cute little snowy mounds after being rolled in icing sugar. Yums.

  54. Taylor says:

    These look amazing! I would try to make them for my sister and maybe make some into sandwiches with pistachio gelato or peppermint ice cream?

  55. Ashli says:

    I’m looking forward to making peppermint brownies!

  56. SK says:

    This will be an amazing addition to my family’s baking adventures over the holidays! We always have a huge family get-together, and we all love chocolate, so these cookies will be a big hit :) Also, my cousin is gluten intolerant, so she won’t have to miss out on the deliciousness (as she usually does when my grandma makes cookies!)

  57. Annie says:

    oh my lord, these look fantastic. i can’t wait to make them! i also like making hot chocolate with good cocoa! :)

  58. Alicia Davis says:

    I am hooked on your blog. Can’t wait to try these

  59. servimex says:

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  60. Anna says:

    These are gorgeous and seem to have every texture that you could ever hope for in a cookie. I’ll definitely be making these the next time I need a chocolate fix. Maybe I’ll add a little peppermint extract or Andes mint pieces to make them more holiday themed :)

  61. Amy says:

    Those cookies look great but OMG your sweater! I just asked for it for Christmas :)

  62. Robert says:

    I made these for a cookie swap. If you’d rather not use flour for the parchment paper, just use cornstarch instead. It worked well and didn’t burn in the oven.

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  64. Barbara Wheeler says:

    I just made some yummy flourless peanut butter cookies today and went looking for flourless choc. chip cookies and found your blog…..will try them soon as I’m sure my family will love them. I’ll add some of our black walnuts the first time.
    Love your column.

  65. Katrina says:

    Seriously, I am always disappointed with chocolate chip cookie recipes, especially double chocolate chip. FINALLY my expectations have been met! I did add about 1/3 cup of instant coffee crystals but I’m sure the cookies would be stupendous even without it. I will say they are a bit sweet, especially if feeding to children and I might replace 1/2 cup of the sugar with some type of flour and I doubt it would compromise the taste or texture. But also a fantastic recipe as is…thank you. I’ll be making them again this weekend.

  66. Jean says:

    I made these today and added raisins, choc. chips and pecans. They are perfect – so pretty. Taste great too! Thank you!

  67. Ali says:

    Those cookies look awesome! I recently started cooking gluten free and while I’ve had no trouble swapping flours in the cookies I usually make, it’s nice to find recipes that don’t need it at all. And that cocoa sounds awesome. I have not been impressed with the cocoa commonly available since moving.

  68. Judy says:

    Nice idea but high in sugar. You may want to substitute a gluten -free flour and cut the sugar down. Give it a try and let me know how they turn out:)

    • Sydney says:

      Thanks for the idea, Judy! I think the beauty of these is that you don’t have to buy special ingredients, and hey, there’s no butter! ๐Ÿ˜›

  69. Megan says:

    These look ridiculously good. You’d never know they were flour-less by the look of them!

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  72. Leanne S. says:

    I just made these cookies today. Genius! These are delicious! To me they don’t seem much sweeter than regular choc chip cookies and they are divine. My 6 yr old loves them and he helped with every step except separating the eggs.

    I plan to make these for all those school and kid gatherings because there is always at least one GF kid.

    Your instructions were perfect, thank you.


  73. Ann Kosa says:

    Oh boy. I can’t wait.

  74. Holly says:

    I tried them and they were a fail :( they just all combined into one giant cookie

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  76. debi says:

    These cookies are amazing my brother in law made them for Thanksgiving.

  77. S. Dost says:

    Yummy. I substituted choc. chips with Cocco nibs from the bulk dept. – makes for a earthly, nutty taste.

  78. Ruby wilson says:

    I tried these, and the tops look very light chocolatey, not dark…..any one know why?

  79. emily says:

    I substituted the powdered sugar for granulated and I left out the vanilla. The batter was very dry, so i added 3 tablespoons of skim milk. They came out more crunchy than soft and gooey but still delicious!

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