Recipe for Gluten-Free Bittersweet Chocolate Decadence Cookies

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One of my most favorite food blogs I follow is Lemon Pi, created by Yuie. Her pastries and food photography are incredibly stunning. Not only that, Yuie has to be one of the nicest people I’ve virtually met on Twitter and in the food blogging community. Each month I always check her Daring Bakers Challenge post because they are always amazing. As I scanned through her posts, I noticed these Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies she made at the request of Helen a.k.a Tartelette and Jen of Use Real Butter. Right then and there I knew these cookies had to be good. Not just good, awesome.  I planned on making these cookies someday but not the very next day after reading her blog.

You see on Monday night I attended a Pampering night  via “The Mommy List” event put on by Keren and Kim at a Source Spa and Salon. Because of an online Twitter conversation with Keren about Wink Cupcakes being served, I felt bad when Jeanne also piped into the conversation wishing there was a gluten-free option. All of a sudden I felt very sad for my dear friends Jeanne and Kim, both with wheat-intolerances. It just so happened I had everything I needed to bake Yuie’s Bittersweet Chocolate Decadence Cookies in my pantry. And just like that, I whipped out a batch of these awesome gluten-free chocolate cookies. My kids loved them too.. and no one at the event could tell they were gluten-free – yay! With Yuie’s permission here is the recipe. Whether or not you have a wheat-intolerance these cookies will satisfy your chocolate cravings and sweet tooth. Enjoy!!

Gluten-Free Bittersweet Decadence Cookies

Adapted from LemonPi and based on Alice Medrich’s recipe from Bittersweet


1/4 cup rice flour (I used Mochiko by Blue Star)

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 large eggs

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 cup pecans

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

2 sheets parchment paper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside.  Place 8 ounces of bittersweet chocolate chips and butter in a med. microwavable bowl and heat for 1 minute.  Stir the chocolate butter mixture and microwave again for 30 seconds.  Continue to microwave and stir until the chips have melted and your mixture is smooth, set aside.  In a heatproof bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, and vanilla thoroughly and set the bowl over a pot of barely simmering water using it like a double broiler.  Continue to whisk everything until the mixture is lukewarm.  Combine the egg mixture and the chocolate mixture (should be lukewarm as well) stirring until they are well combined.  Add the flour mixture, 6oz choc. chips, and pecans.  Your batter will look like thick cake batter.  Do not fear, after they bake they will look like and taste like cookies!  Scoop dough (it will look very wet and sloppy) into rounded tablespoons on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper 2 inches apart from each other.  Bake for 14 minutes until the surface of the cookies look dry and set.  With the cookies still on the parchment paper, slide them onto racks to cool.  Gently peel the parchment paper back after cookies have cooled for at least 30 minutes. Enjoy!

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**As a side note, any type of chocolate can be used. Next time I plan on using semi-sweet or milk chocolate.

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  1. Jeannie says

    Another fantastic recipe, Alice!! We made these as a thank you gift for a friend who has been gluten free since last summer..I just about cried when she said it was the best thing she has had in her mouth since being diagnosed! Thank you so much! It is amazing what a difference a recipe can make in ones life! :0)

    • Julie Andreasen says

      Hi. In my family we have both lactose and egg-allegics, and we use cooked linseeds instead eggs. I think it’s equal water to linseeds. (e.g. a cup of water to a cup of linseed) When cooked, the linseeds become a sticky substance much alike eggs. I hope this helps (:

  2. Sarah Kim says

    This recipe is one of my favorites! I love it far more than any of the other chocolate cookie recipes I’ve tried. Baking with chocolate is a luxury in my house, as my mom doesn’t like to spend so much on an ingredient used so quickly, unlike flour. Because of this, I’ve always been cautious about how I use my chocolate but these cookies are better than “worth it”!

    I love the moistness of the inside, and the shininess of the outside. Beautiful cookies. I was excited to make these because the mother of a friend of mine has celiac disease and I was hoping she would enjoy delicious gluten-free cookies, and she loved them! These cookies are so good, they’re better than a lot of “gourmet” cookies I’ve tasted. Thanks for the amazing post!

  3. Maris says

    Anyone tried making these with almond flour? I have some down in the kitchen and I’ve been wondering what to make so I can use it up….

  4. says

    What an amazing recipe- thank you for posting it! I just made these for a gluten-free friend and they are so good!! They look cool too. :) I was about to use milk chocolate, but the package said “may contain traces of wheat”, so I went with semi-sweet instead. I live in a very humid climate, and the batter was so wet, it was running and spreading all over the pan, so I just added a bit more rice flour until it was a little thicker. It seemed to work well. I will make these again just for my family using milk chocolate. :)

  5. bonnie says

    I love to read your recipes and posts—thanks for the gluten free recipes. I have a friend who cannot eat wheat…I make her cookies sometimes.

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