These Flourless Chocolate Cookies are soft, chewy, and supremely decadent! My recipe is easy to make and has an indulgent chocolate flavor you will love. Recipe includes a how-to video!
All the Flavor, Without the Flour!
Whether you are gluten-free, are actively trying to avoid grains, or simply found yourself craving a cookie but just happen to have an empty bag of all-purpose in your pantry, I’ve got something to hit your sweet spot today. In fact, even if you’re not in any of the above flourless scenarios, I think you’re going to love today’s recipe. They aren’t just good “for a flourless cookie”, they’re just plain good, period, and we make these almost as often as my chocolate chip cookies around here.
They’re soft, chewy, fudgy, and extra indulgent.
These cookies are very similar to my brownie cookies, and they even have the same shiny, crackly surfaces. They are on the thinner side though (they would be great for sandwiching around no-churn ice cream or edible cookie dough), but their interiors are fudgy and chocolatey with little pops of texture from mini chocolate chips. And, of course, they’re free of flour!
This recipe does have a few steps, and it’ll generate a few dirty bowls, but the technique isn’t complicated (just some melting, beating, and sifting) and the work is worth it. Let’s get to the details.
What You Need
While this recipe is missing flour, most of the other ingredients are to be expected. Here are the important ones:
- Baking powder. This is not the same thing as baking soda, so make sure you grab the right one! Read my baking powder vs. baking soda post if you’d like to learn the difference between the two.
- Cocoa powder. I like to use a natural cocoa powder in my flourless chocolate cookies. Dutch process cocoa will also work, but the flavor of your cookies will be different (a bit darker/more bitter).
- Corn starch. As with my flourless brownies, cornstarch is critical here to help keep the cookies from over-spreading and to help them bake into proper cookie shapes.
- Chocolate. Use a high-quality (I like Ghirardelli or Lindt), 60% cacao baking bar and chop it into even pieces. I don’t recommend using chocolate chips. If you’ve never melted chocolate in the microwave before, remember to work slowly and stir well in between. If you’ve had issues with your chocolate seizing or becoming grainy in the past, see my how to melt chocolate in the microwave post for helpful tips.
- Eggs. Many flourless chocolate cookie recipes use just egg whites, but I use whole eggs for a richer flavor and texture. Make sure your eggs are at room temperature (use my easy trick to quickly bring eggs to room temperature if you forget to set yours out!) and beat the batter really well once you add them. You definitely want to use a mixer for this step!
SAM’S TIP: This dough will thicken as it sits; this is normal and nothing to be concerned about! I don’t recommend making the dough in advance for this reason though.
Remember, this is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why. For the full recipe please scroll down to the bottom of the post!
How to Make Flourless Chocolate Cookies
- Melt the chocolate – Microwave the butter and chopped chocolate in 25 second increments until melted and smooth, then set it aside.
- Beat the eggs – Beat together the eggs, sugars, vanilla, and salt with an electric mixer until thickened and lighter in color.
- Fold to combine – Gently fold in the melted chocolate until completely combined.
- Sift in the dry – Sift in the cocoa powder, corn starch, and baking powder and stir until 50% combined.
- Add the chips – Add the chocolate chips, then continue stirring until everything is combined.
- Scoop and bake – Drop 1.5 tablespoon sized scoops onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 9-10 minutes.
- Cool before enjoying – Let the cookies cool completely on their baking sheet before enjoying.
SAM’S TIP: These cookies are extremely fragile when they come out of the oven! Let them cool completely on their baking sheets before removing them.
Frequently Asked Questions
This batter thickens the longer it sits, so if yours seems too thin, try letting it sit for 5-10 minutes before scooping again. If your batter still isn’t thickening up, you may not have beat your eggs long enough, which unfortunately can’t be fixed.
Yes! Because these cookies contain no flour, they are naturally gluten free. If you’re looking for more gluten free recipes, you can try my any of my other flourless recipes shown below the recipe card. Many of my candy recipes are also naturally gluten free!
Yes! Just make sure to store them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. They should keep for about 3 months this way.
My chocolate chess pie is another irresistibly fudgy and chocolatey option for any fellow chocoholics out there 😉
Let’s bake together! I’ll be walking you through all the steps in my written recipe and video below! If you try this recipe, be sure to tag me on Instagram, and you can also find me on YouTube and Facebook
Flourless Chocolate Cookies
- 6 oz (170 g) 60% cacao chocolate bars chopped
- ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter cut into pieces
- 2 large eggs room temperature preferred
- ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
- ¼ cup (50 g) light brown sugar firmly packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup (25 g) natural cocoa powder
- 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup (85 g) mini chocolate chips
- Fine mesh sieve
- Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Combine chopped chocolate and butter pieces in a medium-sized microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave in 25-second increments, stirring in between, until chocolate and butter are completely melted and smooth. Set aside.6 oz (170 g) 60% cacao chocolate bars, ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter
- In a separate bowl, combine eggs, sugars, vanilla extract and salt. Use an electric mixer to stir together, gradually increasing mixer speed to high and beating until thickened, increased in volume and batter is lightened in color and opaque (about 2 minutes on high speed).2 large eggs, ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar, ¼ cup (50 g) light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ¼ teaspoon salt
- Gently (using a spatula) fold chocolate mixture into the egg mixture until combined.
- Sift cocoa powder, cornstarch and baking powder over the chocolate/egg mixture. Use a spatula to gently stir ingredients together until about 50% combined.¼ cup (25 g) natural cocoa powder, 3 Tablespoons cornstarch, ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- Once approximately 50% combined, add mini chocolate chips and continue to gently stir until ingredients are completely combined.½ cup (85 g) mini chocolate chips
- Scoop dough by level 1 ½ Tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet, spacing cookies at least 2” apart. Note that the raw cookie dough will thicken as it sits, this is fine.
- Bake for 9-10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool completely on baking sheet before removing and enjoying.
StoringStore in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more.
Just made these for a gluten-free co-worker and had to try one for myself. They are SO fudgy and delicious. I will definitely make these again. Thank you!! 🙂
I’m so glad everyone enjoyed them so much, Tracy! 🙂
I made these today but using sugar-free chocolate, sugar-free chocolate chips, and erythritol instead of sugar. They were so good and soft, now I have a healthy cookie. Thank you
I’m so glad you enjoyed them so much, Gretel! Thank you for your feedback using your substitutions. 🙂
Hi Sam, made the cookies today..the batter comes together well. I used my black scoop, thought they were too big, so i made them with my purple scoop, they are flat, i think because i should have baked less time..i also used 72% chocolate
I would add a photo but I don’t know how.
I will try them again..thank you
I made these recently and the first three people to try them all wanted the recipe. My nephew who is a serious chocolate lover said they tasted like a dense, chewy brownie. I have made flourless chocolate cookies in the past that were very finicky and used a bunch of egg whites; they were not half as good or easy as these are. I am making another batch today!
I’m so glad everyone enjoyed them so much, Mary! 🙂
They turned out very flat. Did not rise and no I did not forget any of the ingredients.
You also mentioned salt twice in the directions, yet only once in the ingredients.
Hi Brenda! The salt is added with the eggs/sugar/vanilla in step 3. And oh no! Unfortunately this is typically a sign that the eggs were not beaten enough OR if the batter was over-mixed in step 6 🙁
If you haven’t already, it might be helpful to take a peek at the video to see how your batter looked in comparison. It’s definitely worth another shot!
I made these yesterday (2 batches). The first batch made 17 the second 15. Perhaps my scoop was too big. However, they turned out amazing! I made them for a group of teachers that I make treats for each Friday and they wrote saying “THEY WERE AMAZING!”. I was going to try to double the recipe next time to make more and perhaps use a smaller scoop. (I used the one you suggested though). I was thinking that some peppermint would be yummy in them one time. So maybe someday I’ll try that. And I was wondering about making these with White Chocolate chips. Anyway, thanks for the recipe. I’ve used many of yours and always appreciate how you make things so easy, even though I know you’ve put alot of time and effort into all these videos and recipes. Thanks very much.
I’m so glad you enjoyed them so much, Shari! The peppermint extract could be tasty! White chocolate chips will work fine instead of the mini chocolate chips. 🙂
How can I replace eggs in the flourless chocochip cookies???
Unfortunately I am not sure. The eggs are critical to the structure of these cookies. 🙁