Recipe for Gluten-Free Bittersweet Chocolate Decadence Cookies

by Alice Currah on September 2, 2009. Updated March 28, 2010


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!






**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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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

jenn September 2, 2009 at 4:02 am

Eek! Why did I have to look? You know I have a weakness for chocolate. I want some right now. I don’t care that it’s late into the night and I’m ready to sleep. I want some of that chocolate!!


Jamie September 2, 2009 at 6:45 am

OMG These look amazing and my son, who is always yelling at me to make brownies, wil absolutely fall for these gooey, decandent bites! Fab!


Michael Natkin September 2, 2009 at 8:52 am

Looks killer. I can see where a small amount of rice flour like that would keep them together without getting too chewy. Nice of you to look after your friend too!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction September 2, 2009 at 11:19 am

These look wonderful! I just discovered over the weekend that the wife of a good friend of ours also has a wheat intolerance. I will have to make these for our next get-together so she doesn’t miss out on the goodies!


Laura September 2, 2009 at 1:34 pm

These look wonderful. I have made the wheat version and they rock–will keep these in mind. Do you happen to know when rice flour is called for in recipes is it white or brown that is meant?


alice September 2, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Jen: These cookies are insane.. I think you will be as surprised as I was at at good they are. You cannot tell they are gluten-free.

Laura: In LemonPi’s recipe she calls for glutinous rice flour, but I just used white rice flour by Mochiko. There is so little flour used, you may want to experiment with brown rice flour too! Good luck and let me know how it turns out.

And thanks to everyone for your kind comments.


Nutmeg Nanny September 2, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Mmmm they look delicious!


keren brown September 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm

these cookies are insane… They were one of the best chocolate cookies that I have ever had


Ashley September 2, 2009 at 4:19 pm

You are so sweet. Now I REALLY wish I would have gone to the event. If I ask nicely could you make them again for me?


Kellie September 2, 2009 at 5:50 pm

When do you add the 6 ounces of bittersweet chips? Does it get thrown in with the pecans in the wet batter?
Came across your site in the way of Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen…Love all your recipes and plan on trying most of them! :D


Amy J September 2, 2009 at 6:21 pm

That looks pretty easy for something so decadent. I’m trying this soon.


alice September 2, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Hi Kellie,
Thanks for your email. I’ve corrected the recipe because of your email. You add the 6 oz. of choc. chips when you add the pecans. Thanks for pointing it out to me!

Hope you enjoy!


Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen September 2, 2009 at 8:29 pm

HOLY MOLY! Those cookies look outrageous!


Jen @ MaplenCornbread September 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm

WOW these look so rich and melt in your mouth perfect. I love (as my husband will too) that you used rice flour!


Katie September 2, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Oh wow, those cookies look absolutely delicious … and so dangerous because I think I would eat them all the second they came out of the oven! Yum!


Y September 3, 2009 at 6:56 am

I’m so glad you enjoyed the cookies as much as I did :)
I love your process photos. Never get round to taking any of those when I’m baking!


Parita September 3, 2009 at 8:57 am

Cookies look absolutely fabulous!


Sam@BingeNYC September 3, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Oh fab, these look delicious! I have a few gluten-free friends, so I’ll def be whipping up a batch of these lovelies next time there’s a birthday or whatnot.


christina September 4, 2009 at 6:09 pm

I am totally giving these a go. There’s a ton of rice flour I need to use up and hopefully it’s still good.


Nurit - 1 family. friendly. food. September 4, 2009 at 11:34 pm

oh I missed these. Missed the last bite by one split of a second! Darn. Next time I see you don’t be surprised if I am rude and immediately will ask you if you brought anyhting, OK? :)


Kathy September 5, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Thanks for sharing this fabulous recipe.


Lucy September 6, 2009 at 10:00 am

Wow these cookies look so mighty chocolatey! Gorgeous photos to :)


Kamran Siddiqi September 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Oh, I saw these cookies on Lemon Pi when Yuie made them. They looked divine. You’ve also made them look divine as well! This is yet another recipe that I can’t say that I can’t make right now because I have all of the ingredients for it. Eh, I am all baked out for the day, but I will definitely have to try it tomorrow.


Brian September 7, 2009 at 7:43 pm

These cookies look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


LisaL October 27, 2009 at 10:17 am

Hey Alice – I made these the other night for some friends that are wheat-free. They are SOOOOO good and we have already made them again! -Lisa :)


Jeannie February 10, 2010 at 11:07 pm

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)


Ian Paterson March 15, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Any way of making this recipe vegan? :)


alice March 16, 2010 at 11:22 am

I’m not sure. The egg binds everything together but perhaps someone will chime in here and know the answer.


Julie Andreasen June 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm

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 (:


Sarah Kim March 21, 2010 at 11:20 pm

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!


Dawn March 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Is this only 1/2 c sugar for the whole recipe? What does the 2 after it mean? Thanks.


alice March 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Hi Dawn,
Sorry about that.. it was a typo. The “2″ was for the vanilla extract. I fixed it. Its only a 1/2 cup sugar.


Dawn March 28, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Thank you, Alice.


Jana Ball April 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm

These are so amazingly good!!!!! Thank you very much.


Maris September 10, 2010 at 8:58 pm

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….


michelle May 19, 2011 at 6:53 am

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. :)


bonnie December 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm

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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