Lindsay Ann Bakes: Magic Flourless Chocolate Cookies (Low-Fat, Gluten-Free)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Magic Flourless Chocolate Cookies (Low-Fat, Gluten-Free)

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Rich chocolate cookies with a chewy, fudgy inside and a light, crisp, meringue-like outside... and they're low-fat and gluten free! 

These cookies are like MAGIC! Why you ask? First off, they have no flour (making them gluten free by default), no butter (no added fat), and no egg yolks (no cholesterol). They are made with less than a cup of sugar, a little cocoa powder, an egg white, and some salt and vanilla for flavor.  Best part is, they are so easy to make so you can whip them up any time in minutes, for a guilt-free treat!

Spoon onto a baking sheet. Try adding your own fun flavor combinations, like sprinkling some orange zest on top, or some crushed peppermint candies. The batter is thin and runny, but put them into the oven, and voila!... 

You can also add chocolate chips or chopped nuts to the batter for a little crunch, too!

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

Yield: about 9-12 cookies (recipe easily doubles)

  • 3/4 cup powdered (confectioners') sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, Dutch-processed
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg white, brought to room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips or chopped nuts, optional
  • rainbow sprinkles, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. Stir in egg white and vanilla until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips or chopped nuts if using.

Spoon tablespoons of batter, 2 inches apart, onto prepared baking sheet. Add sprinkles if desired. Bake until outside of cookies are shiny, dry and crackled, about 8-12 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack and let cookies cool completely on pan. Let cookies cool completely before gently peeling then from the parchment paper.

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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  1. Hi Lindsay Ann! Your recipe inspired me to try a version of these cookies-- thanks!

  2. Thanks! :) Tried my own GF cookies yesterday...

  3. Meridythe BenjaminMarch 14, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    I might try to make these tomorrow. I like that it's a small batch recipe. When I make bigger batches (2 or 3 dozen) I always have too many. Quick question, though. Can I use regular Hershey's cocoa powder?

  4. Hi Meridythe,
    So glad you are enjoying the small batch recipes! As for cocoa powder, if you are going to use Hershey's, I would suggest using the "Special Dark" instead of their "Natural". Their dark is a blend of dutch and natural cocoa powder, so it is more similar to cocoa called for in the recipe. Be sure to find Dollhouse Bake Shoppe on Facebook and post a photo, I'd love to see how they turned out!

  5. Meridythe BenjaminMarch 15, 2012 at 5:25 AM

    I'll do that! I might have to wait til tomorrow to make them because I'll have to make a trip to the store. I'm pretty sure the cocoa my mother-in-law bought was regular. I want these to come out nicely. Thanks for the reply!

  6. I made these and had a bit of a problem. I used the 1 1/2 cups of sugar listed in the recipe, but the dough didn't get moist at all. When I re-read the instructions, it mentions less than a cup of sugar. So, I'm a bit confused.

  7. When I made these the mix was very dry, I was searching for an ingredient I missed but I hadn't. I just added an extra egg white but they still didn't look like get should. Can u tell me how to fix this? I want these to work out

  8. I made these my own and they are delicious, I cut out the choc chips and added sweetened coconut and mint abstract instead of the vanilla.
    Nutritional values per serving size 1 cookie
    Calories 67
    Sat fat .75 g
    Fat 2.5g
    Carbs 15g
    Sodium 15 mg
    Sugar 16 g
    Low fat, low cholesteral, no gluten

  9. The middle is like a chewy brownie, and the outside is like chocolate meringue candy but without all the egg white beating! Yum!

  10. Thanks for stopping by to comment! I am so glad you liked the cookies! I couldn't have described them better myself ;) Be sure to email over a photo so I can feature you on the site as our Featured Fan Photo, I wold love to see how they turned out!

  11. Wow, the coconut, chocolate mint combo sounds delish!!

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