Flourless Chocolate Cookies

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Are you a fan of chewy, fudgy and oh-so-chocolatey desserts? Don’t miss this recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cookies that comes together in 25 minutes from start to finish!

A child's hand reaches for a flourless cookie with chocolate chips topped with large-flake sea salt

Calling all soft and extra-chewy cookie enthusiasts! Quick-fix Flourless Chocolate Cookies are the 25-minute dessert of my dreams. They’re extra-rich and fudgy in texture, very brownie-like in taste and the perfect flourless treats.

A clear bowl containing cocoa powder and powdered sugar

How Do You Make Flourless Chocolate Cookies?

First and foremost, aside from lacking flour, these cookies are also not made with butter or egg yolks. So what exactly gives them their structure, and most importantly, their shiny, crackly top? A combination of cocoa powder, confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch!

A clear bowl containing chocolate batter with chocolate chips

This baking trifecta is combined with egg whites and chocolate chips to create a scoopable, loose batter that bakes into perfectly chewy, flourless cookies.

Unbaked scoops of dough atop a parchment paper-lined baking sheet

How Do You Make Cookies Less Crumbly?

An important note about flourless batters in general is that they can be a bit stiff to come together. This is a result of the batter containing minimal liquid in order to ensure the cookies can be scooped without spreading too much during the baking process.

In order to prevent the cookies from being crumbly, follow the exact ratios in this recipe and stir, stir, stir and then stir some more! The batter will be very stiff, but get that arm workout in and your taste buds will be thanking you later.

A top-down view of Flourless Chocolate Cookies dusted with large-flake sea salt

The final piece of this perfect flourless cookie puzzle is the large-flake sea salt garnish. The rich chocolate flavor welcomes a bit of savory crunch, so don’t hesitate to get your sprinkle on with the good stuff (read: Maldon Sea Salt!).

Fudgy flourless chocolate chip cookies dusted with sea salt

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Flourless Chocolate Cookies

Are you a fan of chewy, fudgy and oh-so-chocolatey desserts? Don't miss this recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cookies that comes together in 25 minutes from start to finish!
Author: Kelly Senyei
5 from 7 votes
A child's hand reaches for a flourless cookie with chocolate chips topped with large-flake sea salt
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 20 cookies


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons flaked sea salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and coat it lightly with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt. Stir in the egg whites until the mixture is smooth then stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Drop tablespoons of dough, 2 inches apart, onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes until the tops are set and crackly. Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately sprinkle them with the sea salt. Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool completely.
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Calories: 113kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 764mg, Potassium: 95mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 0.9mg


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Recipe from The Cookies & Cups Cookbook (Gallery Books, 2016). Reprinted with permission from author Shelly Jaronsky.

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  1. 5 stars
    Fantastic cookie. The outside has a little crisp to it and the inside is soft. Delicious! So easy to make and love that they’re flourless. Next I’m going to try ones that are half white chocolate!!

  2. Hi Kelly, Could these cookies be used to make ice cream sandwiches? Thank you for sharing all of you recipes with us.

  3. 5 stars
    I haven’t tried this yet, but sure intend to! I’m gluten intolerant and so few ‘gluten-free’ recipes taste good and have good mouth feel. This sounds amazing and by ‘flourless’ I think it should be gluten-free?

    I’m new here. What a refreshing layout to the entire site, (nice to see it so easy to double a recipe!) and SO much good information. I’ll be back!

    Joe – Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada

    1. Hi Vivian – The sugar adds structure to the cookie and because these cookies have so few ingredients, you really need them all!

      1. I haven’t tested this recipe with monk fruit powdered sugar as a substitute but let me know how it turns out, Cindy!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious and quick. This is the perfect recipe when you’re craving chocolate! I just made them today because we wanted something sweet and they are so very satisfying. Thank you for sharing!

  5. 5 stars
    These are amazing.. crispy in the outside, soft and gooey in the inside! Thanks for this great gluten free option!

  6. Hello chef! may I replace confectioner sugar with powdered brown sugar? I’m sorry I’ve another question, may you tell me if I can replace some of the sugar with any type of healthy flour or ground nuts? I’m not very supportive of sugar so I tend to eliminate it. Thanks for the super recipes✪.

    1. Hi Nada! I haven’t tried those swaps so I can’t say with certainty what the results would be. Let me know if you give it a shot!

      1. Hi Helen! You can find the estimated nutritional info by clicking on the purple button below the recipe that says ESTIMATED NUTRITION INFORMATION. :)

  7. 5 stars
    I made these today, great recipe. I added some shredded coconut, so good!
    I love finding recipes like this, that are naturally gluten free, without a whole lot of fuss.

    1. Hi Shaz! I’ve never made this recipe using potato starch but it should work! And yes, icing sugar is the same as confectioners’ sugar. :)

    1. Hi Kathleen – I haven’t tried this recipe with a sugar substitute so I can’t say with certainty what the results would be. Let me know if you try it!

  8. @Justataste Kelly, have you tried this recipe with regular semi sweet choc chips? I don’t have minis, and I don’t want to mess up the balance if it matters. Thanks! (Just saw your live tortilla demo and plan on trying that soon.)

    1. Hi Cathy – Regular chocolate chips will work! And thanks so much for tuning in to my IGTV video! I hope you enjoy the tortillas, too. :)

  9. Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but since these are flourless, does that make them gluten-free?

    1. Hi Carolyn! Not a stupid question at all :) All of these ingredients are naturally gluten-free, however, to be 110% sure look for “gluten-free” on the label to ensure there hasn’t been any cross-contamination during production.

  10. I absolutely love the flourless cookies at Starbucks and these remind me of that! Going to try today