Chocolate Fudge Crinkle Cookies (GF)

These Chocolate Fudge Crinkle Cookies are naturally gluten-free and full of gooey chocolate! These cookies will please both the gluten and gluten-free eaters alike.

Gluten Free Chocolate Crinkle CookiesSo, sorry, but for whatever reason, I’ve chosen to feature the least healthy recipe I’ve made since my last post…oops. Sorry! The healthy recipe I made will be posted eventually, promise! However, these cookies are still gluten and flour free, so that gives them a few bonus points, and they get a million more bonus points for being so delicious. Besides these cookies, as far as healthy eating goes, I’ve been doing pretty darn well!

I’ve discovered the joys of grains: quinoa, farro, barley, and brown rice have all made their way into my pantry and I’ve been having so much fun discovering different ways to use them. I’ll definitely be sharing some recipes using those soon enough. Healthy eating really is not too hard once you stick to it – spices and herbs have become my best friends. They make everything taste wonderful and so flavorful, without all the grease, sugar, and white carbs that typically make food taste good.

With the right recipes, eating well makes me feel better, look better, and it tastes better. I’m loving it. These cookies, although not healthy, are really darn good. They are deep, rich, fudgy, and so ridiculously chocolatey. I was content with half a cookie – seriously. Right out of the oven, there is nothing better. They were gooey and the melted chocolate was dripping all over. It was chocolate heaven!

My dad is a complete chocoholic and he declared these close to the best, if not the best cookies he’s ever had. Whip these up for your gluten free, chocoholic friends and they’ll be praising the ground you walk on for weeks! I hope you try these out and enjoy!

Chocolate Fudge Crinkle Cookies (GF)
Serves: 20 cookies
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1½ cups bittersweet chocolate chips (about 9 ounces), divided
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 large baking sheets with nonstick spray. Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in glass bowl in microwave, stirring twice, about 2 minutes. Cool slightly.
  2. Using electric mixer, beat whites in large bowl to soft peaks. Gradually beat in ½ cup sugar. Continue beating until mixture resembles soft marshmallow creme.
  3. Whisk 1 cup sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in separate, medium-sized bowl to blend. On low speed, beat dry ingredients into the meringue, followed by the lukewarm chocolate and ½ cup chocolate chips (dough will become very stiff).
  4. Place ½ cup sugar in bowl. Roll 1 rounded tablespoon dough into ball; roll in sugar, coating thickly. Place on prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake until puffed and tops crack, about 10 minutes. Cool on sheets on rack 10 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool.

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  1. Oh my…these cookies looks so good! I don’t care if they are a little or a lot on the unhealthy side, a girl gotta indulge in some chocolate every once in a while! :) I’ll do the workout later on! hahaha….

  2. your photography is beautiful! i really love that middle photo.

  3. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    Yum! Can’t wait to try these for one of my good friends who is gluten-free. :)

  4. I must say, I’m pretty tempted by the fudginess of these cookies, as well as the fact that they’re free of flour. I’m still trying to find the perfect chocolaty double chocolate cookie – these might be it!

  5. Just made these cookies and they are delicous! I had to subsitute flour for corn starch but they still came out great! Definitely recommend them to everyone who loves choclate! :)

  6. Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin says:

    These cookies are so pretty and they sound so delicious. Pinning this one for sure! :)

  7. You literally just saved Christmas! These are even better than their gluten counterparts. Many, many, MANY thanks!!!

  8. I cooked these last night and they ended up flopping. I was just wondering what I did wrong? The look so good I want to make them again but turn out perfectly!? BTW – I am beating the eggs with an egg beater not an electrical one.

    • Hi Danielle, sorry you’re having issues! I think the problem may be that since you’re beating the eggs with an eggbeater which takes longer, they may not be getting to the consistency that they need to be to maintain their shape. The egg whites and sugar should be very thick and pure white before you add the other ingredients, and it should stay very thick after adding them. Hope this helps!

  9. Thanks for sharing this recipe. This is my second gluten-free Christmas, and I was looking for a Chocolate Crinkle recipe. This isn’t exactly like my traditional recipe, but it looked intriguing so I decided to give it a try. They were a complete mess to make, but they are so delicious. I should have made a double-batch, because they’re going to be gone so quickly. The one thing I appreciate is that they are completely flourless and don’t call for xanthum gum which so many gluten free recipes need. I have family that are not gluten free but they don’t tolerate xanthum gum, so it’s nice to offer these as an option for them.
    Merry Christmas!!

  10. I tried this recipe and failed to come up with a solid cookie. All I got was chocolate goop (which was delicious) all over my baking sheet. I did everything as instructed. What could have I done wrong?

    • Hi Mayan, thanks for trying the recipe, so sorry it didn’t work out for you! A few things could have happened, as this recipe is a bit finicky due to the lack of flour. First, it’s important that the chocolate isn’t too warm, or your dough will be too soft and melt too easily in the oven. If this is the case, pop the dough (pre-scooping) into the fridge to set up and chill for 15-30 minutes before forming the dough. The same thing could also occur if your kitchen is too warm. Make sure the dough is chilled, again, and work quickly! Finally, make sure your oven is on the right temperature and fully preheated before you put them in the oven. I hope these tips helped – let me know how it goes if you try them again! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know the issue. :) Have a good day!

      • I will give this a try again. I do have another question, though. Does powdered sugar mean confectioner’s sugar (with cornstarch) or simply pure sugar in powder form? Thanks, Ms. Rachel.

  11. Hi, I just attempted to make these cookies but failed miserably. i replaced cornstarch with flour as mentioned in the comments. after beating the eggs the mixture looked perfect however when combining the rest of the ingredients the mixture was not dough-like at all. so they look now like standard (huge) chocolate chip cookies. what could have went wrong? thanks!

    • Hi Gaia, unfortunately I’m not sure what would have caused this because I wasn’t in the kitchen with you and a number of things could have happened! Since it seems like the mixture wasn’t thick enough (correct me if I’m wrong) it could be that the chocolate was too warm when you added it, sort of “melting” the rest of the ingredients. A runny dough can be salvaged with some time in the refrigerator to help firm it back up. Hope this helps, let me know if you have another other comments, questions, or concerns.

  12. Hi, Rachel! It’s me who sent you an email last year regarding crinkles spreading out on the baking tray. It is only now that I realized that what made my supposed-to-be dough a batter was that I melted all the chocolate morsels, so there was an increase in liquid. I don’t remember having solid chocolate prior to baking. On a lighter note, I was able to make chocolate cupcakes out of the remaining batter. I only added about 1/4 cup of flour and 1/4 cup of milk. Voila! Fluffy Chocolate Cupcakes!

    I’m sorry I didn’t read well your recipe. My bad. This is a lesson learned for me. :)

    • Hi Iane! That would definitely make the batter a lot runnier – so glad that you made the best of it though! :) Chocolate cupcakes are never a bad thing. Thanks for letting me know, and I hope you’ll try the cookies again sometime.

  13. How are these cookies the next day after baking?

  14. I tried baking these and they turned into a gloppy chocolately mess! (Don’t worry still ate the glops) I am at a high altitude and that always requires me to add more flour in order for anything to rise. That being said, I wasn’t surprised a flourless recipe turned into a flat melted chocolate mess! They were still tasty though!

    • Hi Kerri – I don’t have much experience with high altitude baking, but I’m glad you figured out that was the issue. Despite being a chocolate mess, I’m glad it was still a delicious chocolate mess!

  15. These cookies are AMAZING. I made them for my gluten intolerant friend and they were eaten up by everyone in ten minutes. I wrote about them at
    Thanks for sharing this! They are delicious topped with sea salt! YUM.

    • Hi Annie, I’m so glad you and your friend liked them!! The sprinkle of sea salt is genius – totally trying that next time I make these. Thanks for writing about them on your blog, I’ll check it out. Happy New Year! :)

  16. hi, just wanted to let you know that this recipe was very tasty! but, it did take about three tries to get it right. maybe it was the climate and temperature at the various times i made them but it took several tries for the consistency to be right. the first time, the cookies ended up very dense and fudgy. the second time they were a bit better. the third time they were pure heaven!
    thanks for sharing the recipe
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    • Hi Andrea – thanks for letting me know! I appreciate your feedback and I’ll work on the recipe to try to figure out some of the inconsistencies and how to make it so they turn out great every time :)


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