Gluten-free Chocolate Cookies

Susan, AKA Kiwicook
Susan, AKA Kiwicook

Susan, AKA Kiwicook

In her days as a recipe developer, Susan has created over 450 recipes. Her Dutch and New Zealander roots serve as a basis for her culinary inspiration.

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Gluten free chocolate cookies

When it comes to gluten, the writing seems to pretty much be on the wall. While I personally only have a slight sensitivity to it, a couple of family members have full-on gluten allergies. So, it doesn’t make sense to carry on cooking in the same way if not everyone can enjoy it. Well… you could, but it’d be awfully cruel.

So, over the past few weeks I’ve been starting to avoid obvious gluten-filled recipes and adapting others where possible. It’s not always been easy and if you’re used to the taste and texture that gluten flour provides, going gluten-free can really feel like a compromise. I guess most people making the transition feel that way to begin with.

So, this weekend I want to make a tart. The recipe requires a chocolate biscuit base and normally I’d just go and buy some cheap store-bought biscuits. That won’t work anymore. I guess I could go and buy some gluten-free ones, but a: commercially made gluten-free biscuits are not overly accessible here in New Zealand as yet, and b: what we do have is enormously expensive. Better just to make my own I reckon.

So, I did some internet trawling and found this excellent little recipe from Everyday I loved that these biscuits (or cookies as you call them in the US) included ground almonds (almond meal) and ground chia seeds. They were quick and easy to make and the end result was a cookie with an intense chocolate flavour and a soft chewy texture. While my cookies didn’t seem to flatten out as much as they did in the original recipe (perhaps my batter was a little too thick) it didn’t matter, as the taste and texture were perfect.

You could easily adapt this recipe if you wanted a healthier version – think substituting healthier sweeteners, using cacao powder instead of cocoa, coconut oil instead of butter. Or, if you’re like me and thinking ‘show me the chocolate’, you could totally dress these babies up by adding some chocolate drops or cacao nibs into the batter, or piping some chocolate icing on top. Either way, these versatile little cookies are a definite keeper and I have a feeling this won’t be the last time you’ll be hearing about them. (Later: Check out how I’ve used them as a base for my Choc-Cherry Tarts – de.licious!!).

Gluten free chocolate cookies


Chocolate lovers rejoice! These chewy, fudgy cookies are just as delicious as the classic, but completely gluten-free. You won't even miss the gluten! Intense chocolate flavor, a hint of nuttiness, and a slightly crackly top make them irresistible. Perfect for when that chocolate craving hits!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Cooling Time 2 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 3 Dozen
Calories 1521 kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal/ground almonds
  • 1 tsp ground chia seed
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • Add flour, chia seed, almond flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl then whisk until completely incorporated and set aside.
  • Cream butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and combine completely.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients; mix until thoroughly combined (batter will be thick).
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  • Form batter into balls about the size of a ping pong ball. Place on parchment lined baking sheet approximately 3″ apart (do not flatten balls). Bake 9−11 minutes.
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  • Allow to cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before moving to cooling rack.


Calories: 1521kcalCarbohydrates: 233gProtein: 26gFat: 67gSaturated Fat: 34gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 286mgSodium: 2018mgPotassium: 617mgFiber: 23gSugar: 143gVitamin A: 1657IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 369mgIron: 10mg
Keyword chocolate cookies, Cookies
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Susan, AKA Kiwicook
About The Author
Susan, also known as the Kiwi Cook, hails from Levin, New Zealand, and has a unique Kiwi-Dutch-British heritage that influenced her culinary upbringing. As an artist, tutor, writer, and editor, Susan dedicates her weekends to creating delectable dishes. Her food philosophy embraces moderation and listening to her body's needs.


  1. Cara Susan, visto che mi mandi le tue ricette, ti spedisco una mia semplicissima “le patate accomodate” ti garantisco che sono buonissime! Ho scritto un raccontino intorno ad esse. Sorry ma non so scrivere in inglese, spero riuscirai a tradurre in italiano il mio file, buona giornata, Annamaria

  2. I love how these chocolate cookies are so healthy yet still look so chocolat-y and delicious. A must make recipe for me!


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