These easy flourless fudge cookies are made with egg whites, sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Crisp on the edges, and chewy inside. Packed with chocolate flavor!
Why bake flourless?
Over the years, I’ve done more and more flourless baking and I’ll be honest. I first started doing it because I was getting a little bored baking with gluten free all purpose flour blends. After 5 cookbooks and publishing blog recipes since 2009 (😳), I thought maybe I’d made it all already?
Of course there are tons of more traditional recipes still to make. But I do just love the challenge of baking without anything ground into a flour. Anything at all. And I also love the idea that, if you’re brand new to gluten free baking, you can make a flourless baking recipe with, say, the black beans or chocolate in your pantry.
In the case of these amazing flourless fudge cookies, you’ll only need egg whites, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, and some chips (plus a bit of salt and vanilla, but you could even do them without either!). And if you’re hesitant to bake with gluten free flours (don’t be!), flourless baking is the perfect place to begin your journey.
These flourless fudge cookies make such a nice show of themselves that you often see cookies just like them in bakeries. They deceptively simple, though, both in method and in ingredients.
They’re almost like a chocolate meringue. But the egg whites are only beaten until foamy, not until they’re, well, meringue with stiff peaks. You simply must beat the egg whites until they’re foamy, though, or your raw mixture will spread terribly and you won’t get the shiny top or chewy inside texture.
These cookies change rather dramatically in the oven. The raw cookies are very shiny in appearance and seem almost like a liquid. But when they’re finished baking, they’re firm and chewy, with a rich, chocolate taste.
They puff in the oven and deflate as they cool. They’ll be crispy around the edges and chewy toward the center. And they’re so easy!
Ingredients and substitutions
Egg whites: First off, I should mention that the egg whites in the carton have worked quite well for me, but in my experience, those do vary in quality quite a bit from brand to brand. To be safe, I’d stay away from a store brand of carton egg whites, unless that store brand is Trader Joe’s as those have worked perfectly for me.
When I first posted this recipe, I never would have thought I could provide you with a suggestion for an egg white substitution for this recipe, which is little more than egg whites, cocoa powder, and sugar. But since I’ve been doing so much allergen-free baking lately, I have an educated guess to offer you! 🎁
Although I haven’t tried this substitution, I actually think that aquafaba would work well as a substitute by weight. If you try it, please let us know how it turns out!
Cocoa powder: I’ve made this recipe with Dutch-processed cocoa powder, and with natural cocoa powder, and both work well. The Dutch-processed cocoa variety just makes a richer chocolate cookie. You can’t, however, replace the cocoa powder with something that isn’t chocolate.
Chocolate chips: I have tried making these cookies without any chips or other mix-in pieces and it’s a disaster! The chips really help the cookies hold the batter in some sort of shape. You can replace them with any other sort of chip you prefer, or with a mixture of chips and chopped nuts.
Sugar-free: Sine this recipe is so simple, the confectioners’ sugar play a large role in its success. You can try using Swerve brand alternative sugar, confectioners’ variety. Please keep in mind that that sort of sugar substitute does tend to be drying, so you might have to add some moisture. Maybe even some water? You’ll have to experiment!
Weight Watchers note: If you make the cookies into 24 smaller ones (rather than 12 larger ones, as you see in the photos here) and you’re following Weight Watchers, each has 4 SmartPoints.
Watch this 1-minute how-to video
Click play ▶ in the photo below, and watch me make these flourless fudge cookies. Then, make your own!
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