Gluten-free chewy chocolate walnut cookies

I came up with this recipe to replicate a favourite treat available at a neighbourhood coffee shop. It’s perfect for anyone who cannot tolerate gluten or dairy but craves the rich taste and texture of traditional brownies. I suppose these cookies would freeze well but I confess I’ve not tried yet; they disappear too quickly at our house.



  • 2 1/2 cups walnut halves
  • 3 cups powdered (icing) sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Place the walnut halves on a baking tray and toast in the oven for 8 – 10 minutes, until fragrant and starting to turn golden. Watch them carefully to be sure they don’t burn.
  • Remove from oven; let cool for 3 minutes, then chop them into small pieces.
  • Position two racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and lower temperature to 325F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine with a whisk or an electric mixer on low speed the confectioners’ sugar with the cocoa powder and salt followed by the chopped walnuts and chocolate chips.
  • Add the egg whites and vanilla extract and beat more vigorously just until the batter is moistened (do not overbeat).
  • Use a scoop or two spoons to portion the batter onto the baking sheets in 24 evenly spaced mounds (about 2 tablespoons / 30 mL per cookie). Allow room between the mounds of batter as the cookies will spread; use a third baking sheet if needed.
  • Bake for 10 – 11 minutes, until the tops are glossy and lightly cracked; shift the pans from front to back and top to bottom halfway through to ensure even baking.
  • Slide the parchment paper (with the cookies) onto 2 wire racks. Let cookies cool completely, and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.


About Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.
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4 Responses to Gluten-free chewy chocolate walnut cookies

  1. Paula I love these, I will so make these soon, they just look so gooey chewy and delicious!!! 🙂

  2. glutenfree vegetarian meal ideas says:

    Looks amazing 😋

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