Flourless Fudge Cookies

Five years ago I had surgery on my back following months years of limping around, spending many hours in doctor’s offices, and even more hours in physical therapy.  Dr. Kang fixed me all up and I was good as new!  Well, here we are again.  I pulled a muscle in my lower back last week and was nursing it back to health while visiting my Jake’s parents and sisters over the weekend.  On Saturday morning Lily was toddling around the living room while I was in the kitchen (scrounging for food, I’m sure), and then she walked up to the door gate dividing us.  She had those sweet puppy dog eyes, a broad smile with two little teeth showing, and outstretched arms begging me to pick her up.  So I did.  Oops.  Big mistake.  My back was pissed!  One week and dozens of prescription pain killers later, Jake is still the only one in our house who is good for anything productive.  Someday I’ll learn to take better care of myself.

For now, I’ll comfort my sorrows with fudgy, moist, delicious cookies.  (These are the ones I sent to Lily’s daycare teachers with the granola and they raved about them.)  I don’t usually like “dry” chocolate like cookies or cakes, but these treats are so decadent that they will win over even the harshest critics.  And, they are gluten free, which is perfect for those with a limited diet.  Hooray!

Though the recipe originates from King Arthur Flour (flourless cookie recipe from a flour company??), I found it at Cooking Whims as a part of a secret recipe club that I take part in.  It’s great to find so many different recipe ideas that I otherwise might not have come across!

Flourless Fudge Cookies

2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cocoa powder, Dutch-process preferred
3 large egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets. Or line with parchment, and grease the parchment.

Stir together all of the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) until smooth. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, and stir again till smooth.  Add in the chocolate chips and stir gently until just combined.

Drop the soft, batter-like dough onto the prepared baking sheets in 1 1/2″ circles; a tablespoon cookie scoop works well here.

Bake the cookies for 8 minutes; they should spread, become somewhat shiny, and develop faintly crackly tops.  Remove the cookies from the oven, and allow them to cool right on the pan.

Source: Cooking Whims, originally from King Arthur Flour


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  1. These cookies look amazing – I love how they are naturally gluten free! :)

  2. I’m new to SRC. By coincidence I tried this very recipe last week. Everyone, these cookies are AMAZING! Mine came out rather flat, yet they were still great.

  3. Yay! I’m so glad you liked these cookies! I thought it was so funny that a flour company has a recipe for flourless cookies, too, but regardless, I loved them. I love the addition of chocolate chips, too!

  4. I hope your back gets better soon- these cookies look like they could make anything feel a little better. Just gorgeous.

  5. I love flourless cookies. I love the texture. These look so good. I love your photos.

  6. These look so delicious and chocolatey!! Right up my alley 😉

  7. I’m from Group C but I’m an honorary Group D member this week. Amazing looking flourless cookies (ironically by a flour company). My mom is coming to visit and doesn’t do the gluten thing so I ‘m glad I ran across this.

  8. Those cookie look delicious. I can understand the pain you must be bearing. Take care & get well soon ….

  9. These look great! And they’re much easier than most gluten-free cookies I’ve seen, too. Definitely bookmarking this for the holiday season.

  10. I’ve been wanting to try flourless cookies, yours look great!!! I’m gonna have to finally just DO IT!

  11. Wow these look absolutely delicious, what a great choice for SRC! Love your blog, so glad to be a new follower! xoxo

  12. Wow simply fantastic. Newly diagnosed with Celiacs so trying new recipes and these turned out wonderful. Tastes like a brownie but light and crispy.

    • So glad you liked them! I should have made the point in the post (and you probably already know) but make sure you use g-free vanilla extract.

  13. Ooh yummy! I just stumbled across your site as a result of googling “flourless cookies”. I am on a trial gf diet & am excited to make these part of my Christmas baking line up! :)


  14. Made this just now and it was a total disaster. I followed the recipe and each cookie looked like puddles. :( I greased the pan but the cookie stuck to it big time even if I baked it for 8 minutes tops. :( Was it just me or is something wrong with the recipe?

    • Hm, I have no idea what went wrong since they were really good when I made them with this recipe. Did you use normal sugar instead of powdered? Or maybe they needed to cook longer (depending on your altitude, etc)? I’m sorry it didn’t work for you!

  15. I have just recently determined that I may be sensitive to gluten and have been searching the web for recipes and this one popped up. It sure does look yummy and I hope to be able to try it out soon. I’m pinning so I can find it again! :)

  16. These are super yummy and super easy! I take turns with other adults making snacks for the youth group at my church and this year we have a girl who is a celiac attending. I found this recipe through google and it was so easy to make and delicious. I tried one out before I sent them out the door and ended up making a second batch for me and my kids to keep (mine are too young for youth group.) Thanks for sharing the tasty recipe!


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