These are the most requested gluten-free cookies among my friends, and it’s not hard to see why. They’re super fudgy and insanely chocolate-y without being too sweet.
In my search for gluten-free chocolate cookies several years ago, I encountered this recipe by Thomas Haas. It sounded good, but ended up being even better than it sounded. Family and friends—and not only those on gluten-free diets—keep asking me to make them, even claiming that these are some of the best chocolate cookies out there.
The greatest thing about these cookies is their intense chocolate flavor and fudgy center, which is why it’s so important not to overbake them. Letting them cook for too long will leave them dry and flavorless. They’re also not overly sweet, so snacking on 5 of them in a row is not at all an issue (in case you were wondering). There’s plenty of chocolate in the recipe, so use the best quality chocolate you can find or one that you really like.
How to make fudgy flourless chocolate cookies
- Melt the chocolate. You can do this in the microwave or over a double boiler.
- Mix in the butter. Once the chocolate is melted, mix in the butter until melted.
- Beat the eggs and sugar. Using a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat eggs and gradually add sugar and honey until mixture is light and falls into thick, smooth ribbons (about 10 min). Fold egg mixture into chocolate mixture.
- Combine with dry ingredients. Place cocoa powder, salt, and ground almonds in a bowl and mix, then gently fold into to the chocolate mixture.
- Chill. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or until firm enough to roll into balls.
- Bake. Form cookie dough into 1-inch/2.5cm balls and roll the balls in granulated sugar. Place on parchment-paper lined baking sheets 2-inch/5cm apart. Bake for about 12 minutes at 325°F/160°C, until the cookies appear moist but not wet.
- Dust with powdered sugar. Allow to cool slightly, then dust with powdered sugar.
More chocolate cookie recipes
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- Snickers Stuffed Chocolate Cookies: Rich, indulgent, and made with pieces of Snickers bars.
- Chocolate Ginger Cookies: Made with real ginger for amazing flavor.
- Double Chocolate Cookies: Soft and chewy chocolate cookies combined with dark chocolate chips.
- Chocolate Biscotti: Crunchy twice-baked cookies with toasted hazelnuts.
- 8 oz/227 g bittersweet chocolate
- 3 tablespoons (40g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/3 cup (65g) granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
- 3/4 cup ground almonds
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- Pinch of salt
- Powdered sugar , for garnish
Place chocolate in a bowl on top of a double boiler, over (but not in contact with) simmering water, until chocolate has melted. Remove from heat. Cut butter into small pieces and mix into the heated chocolate until melted.
Using a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat eggs and gradually add sugar and honey until mixture is light and falls into thick, smooth ribbons (about 10 min). Fold egg mixture into chocolate mixture.
Place cocoa powder, salt, and ground almonds in a bowl and mix, then gently add to the chocolate mixture. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or until firm enough to roll into balls.
Preheat oven to 325°F/160°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Form dough into 1-inch/2.5cm balls (using an ice cream scoop makes it easier). Working quickly, roll the balls in granulated sugar and place on the baking sheet 2-inch/5cm apart. Bake for about 12 minutes, until the cookies appear moist but not wet. Allow to cool slightly, then dust with powdered sugar.
Recipe by Thomas Haas
Kelly TurnerJuly 24, 2017 at 4:16 pm
What can be used in place of almonds?
ShiranJuly 25, 2017 at 4:28 am
Hi Kelly, I only tried them with almonds, and they give a delicious flavor, but hazelnuts would be great, too.
VeraJuly 12, 2019 at 2:53 pm
I made them with unsalted peanuts, (what i had at home) came out great!
ValerieAugust 24, 2019 at 12:48 am
How many cookies does the recipe make?