Gluten-Free Brownies

Published September 14, 2013. Updated March 11, 2020

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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.

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Gluten-Free Brownies

The perfect gluten-free brownies! They're deliciously rich, perfectly chocolate and have a great texture. 
Servings: 12
Prep15 minutes
Cook35 minutes
Ready in: 50 minutes



  • 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).
  • Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 361 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 117mg5%
Potassium 240mg7%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 256IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.


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  • Amanda

    Could you sub baking chocolate for the chocolate chips? Its 64% – what do you think?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I think that would be fine, they might just have slightly more of a dark chocolate taste.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I don’t think the texture would work out great as a swiss roll, where it doesn’t have the gluten it might crumble.

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  • 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

  • Rachel @ Bakerita

    These look amazing! I love the use of cornstarch as opposed to flour…definitely need to try these!

  • 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 :)

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

    Beautiful gluten free brownies, Jaclyn! Flourless brownies are decadent, delish and satisfying with more intense chocolate flavor. Thanks for sharing!