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Fudgy Brownie Cookies

These homemade gluten and dairy free fudgy brownie cookies have all the best parts of a brownie-- the fudgy cake-like middle, chewy edges, and crackly crust. And let's not forget about the decadent chocolate brownie flavor we all love and have to have.

I'm not exaggerating when I say these cookies are my family's latest sweet tooth obsession. We're really enjoying the change up from a pan of brownies to a grab and go cookie. Honestly the first time I baked these cookies and shared them with the kids-- they were falling all over themselves trying to grab another. I might have been in stitches watching them.

A child's hand reaching for a baking sheet full of fudgy brownie cookies.

And why not? These cookies are like eating the best of both worlds-- you get to enjoy the chewy-crispy edges AND the fudgy, cake-like center.

Pin this recipe before you forget. These are perfect for any dessert table or holiday buffet. Keep these cookies in mind for a work potluck party-- no one will guess these are gluten and dairy free.

A pile of Fudgy brownie cookies on a cookie sheet.

fudgy brownie cookies-- recipe notes

  • dairy free butter-- my go-to butter for baking is Earth Balance Buttery Sticks. These are soy free too.
  • dairy free semi-sweet chocolate chips-- Enjoy Life and Toll House Simply Delicious
  • gluten free all-purpose flour-- for most recipes my preferred all-purpose flour is Bob's Red Mill GF 1 to 1 Baking Flour. This also has xanthan gum. Blogger tip--I purchase this off of Amazon in bulk to save money (you can too here).
  • xanthan gum-- omit this from the recipe if your all-purpose flour contains it.
9 balls of brownie cookie batter on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Fudgy brownie cookies on a baking sheet.
A pile of Fudgy brownie cookies on a cookie sheet.

more yummy, safe recipes

  • lemon streusel bars--  this lemon bar recipe is set apart from others by the sweet streusel topping and crust sandwiching the creamy and tangy lemon filling
  • cherry dessert pizza-- bake your own amazing dessert pizza just like the pizza buffet restaurants have. Imagine cherry topping bursting with robust flavor alongside a buttery streusel topping and sweet drizzle over a bubbly pizza crust.
  • the softest chocolate chip cookies-- you will fall in love with these homemade, soft chocolate chip cookies. They are addictive and full of chocolate goodness.
Several fudgy brownie cookies in a small baking dish with a glass of dairy free milk.


Your family and friends will be in awe of this new cookie recipe. These fudgy brownie cookies are absolutely delicious-- you can't go wrong baking up a batch of these.

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Fudgy brownie cookies in a pan with a glass of dairy free milk

Fudgy Brownie Cookies

5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free


  • ½ c DF butter suggestions in post
  • c DF semi sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • ¾ c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 c GF all-purpose flour see post for suggestions
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your AP flour has this)
  • c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • optional: sea salt, melted DF chocolate chips to drizzle across cookies, chopped nuts


  • Melt butter and 1 cup chocolate chips in the microwave in 1 minute intervals, stirring in between, or in a saucepan over the stove top stirring often. Melt until the mixture is smooth, but not overly hot. Remove from heat, and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Allow the mixture to cool until room temperature.
  • Add the brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir until well-combined.
  • Next, add in the flour, xanthan gum, cocoa, salt, and baking soda. Stir until combined, being careful not to over stir.
  • Add in remaining ½ cup chocolate chips.
  • Transfer to the refrigerator for 1 ½ hours to firm up.
  • Then preheat the oven to 350°F. Place parchment paper or baking mats on 2 large baking sheets.
  • Scoop out heaping tablespoon-sized portions of dough. Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet. You will have 24 balls.
  • Place in the oven and set a timer for 10-11 minutes. The cookies will still be soft in the middle and puffy. Out of the oven they will flatten and crack looking more like brownies.
  • After 5-10 minutes transfer cookies to a cooking rack.
  • Optional: lightly sprinkle sea salt on cookies as they come out of the oven. Or drizzle with melted chocolate chips after cookies have cooled. And these brownie cookies taste great with chopped nuts on top-- sprinkle nuts on cookies right before placing them into the oven.
  • Place cookies in an airtight container up to 3-4 days. Cookies can also be frozen up to a month.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Eating Gluten and Dairy Free” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

This gluten and dairy free recipe was adapted from a traditional recipe found at Mel's Kitchen Cafe.

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5 from 1 vote
Recipe Rating

Maddie Payne

Sunday 28th of August 2022

I wanna try making this for a BBQ my church's young adults' group is planning to have, but I want to know if the recipe can be doubled since this only makes two dozen. Any suggestions?


Friday 16th of September 2022

Thanks for reaching out. Yes, you can double this recipe. Happy baking, Jill


Wednesday 8th of June 2022

I made these tonight but subbed flax for eggs, and they still came out amazing! Even my super picky brother who won’t usually touch gf/df recipes loved them.


Wednesday 8th of June 2022

I'm thrilled this worked for you! Thanks for the feedback and 5 star rating, Jill