Gluten-Free Brownies


These brownies are my first attempt at Gluten Free baking (other than things like meringues and such that are naturally gluten free) and I’m happy to say, they were amazing! Thanks to these I would be happy to try more gluten free recipes in the future. These were so good that I honestly didn’t even miss the flour, all I could think of was how fudgy, chocolaty and rich they were with those perfectly chewy edges and the crumbly shell-like top layer. Even if you aren’t on a gluten free diet, I would highly recommend these brownies! The first day I ate them on their own and the next day I mixed them into some creamy cookie dough ice cream – it was seriously the best upgrade on store-bought ice cream (and I may have had a hard time resisting continually going back for more brownie pieces to add in, just maybe :).

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Because these don’t contain any gluten they do have a slightly different texture than a regular brownie, but in a very good way. They reminded me of a velvety truffle, the kind that melts away in your mouth – these are made mostly of chocolate chips after all. I also love the light added crunch of the pecans and the nutty kick of flavor they give compliments the brownies perfectly. Please try these decadent brownies soon, they don’t disappoint. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Brownies | Cooking Classy

Gluten Free Brownies | Cooking Classy


Gluten-Free Brownies

Yield: About 12 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes


  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter , diced into 1 Tbsp pieces, plus more for baking dish
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt, set aside. Add chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl, top with butter and heat mixture in microwave on HIGH power in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. Stir in sugar, then mix vanilla and eggs one at a time, mixing until combined after each addition. Add dry mixture and stir until well blended and smooth, then mix in pecans. Pour batter into a well buttered 8 by 8-inch baking dish (you can also line the baking dish with parchment if desired, then pour batter over parchment) and spread into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 35 - 38 minutes. Allow to cool completely then cut into squares (I found mine cut cleaner after freezing for about 45 minutes - after cooling, if you can waiting any longer).
  2. Recipe Source: adapted from Martha Stewart

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  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen: Beautiful gluten free brownies, Jaclyn! Flourless brownies are decadent, delish and satisfying with more intense chocolate flavor. Thanks for sharing! September 15, 2013 at 7:29am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Stacy! September 15, 2013 at 12:26pm Reply

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: I love the idea of a “truffle-like” brownie! Delicious! September 15, 2013 at 10:44am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: No flour in brownies sounds about perfect for that velvety truffle texture that’s just so rich and fudgy! Yay for when GF is a pretty natural and easy choice! Pinned :) September 15, 2013 at 3:26pm Reply

  • Rachel @ Bakerita: These look amazing! I love the use of cornstarch as opposed to flour…definitely need to try these! September 15, 2013 at 5:08pm Reply

  • Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe: You actually made me want to try and bake some gluten free desserts! I’ve only tried gluten free bread so far in my life and I have to admit I didn’t really like it, but these brownies look definitely too good not to be delicious as well :)

    xo, Elisa September 16, 2013 at 2:41am Reply

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  • Jeanet: Hi! Would I be able to do a brownie swiss roll with this recipe? February 22, 2014 at 8:52am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I don’t think the texture would work out great as a swiss roll, where it doesn’t have the gluten it might crumble. March 4, 2014 at 9:31pm Reply

  • Amanda: Could you sub baking chocolate for the chocolate chips? Its 64% – what do you think? March 21, 2014 at 5:24am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think that would be fine, they might just have slightly more of a dark chocolate taste. March 21, 2014 at 10:37am Reply

  • Friday Faves | erinbatty: […] made these amaaaazing gluten-free brownies from Cooking Classy. So decadent.  I […] March 21, 2014 at 8:50am Reply

  • Muniera: Hi! Thanx for amazing recipe. Could I substitute the corn starch with arrow root powder? I’ve been told it’s similar to the cornstarch and healthier. November 5, 2014 at 9:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I can’t say for sure because I’m not very familiar with the best gluten-free substitutes out there. December 8, 2014 at 9:52pm Reply

  • kacie: My brother is gluten free so I make these for him every holiday. However, everyone who tries them, gluten free or not, LOVES them! Thank you for the recipe, these are great. November 26, 2014 at 7:21pm Reply

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