Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies with Walnuts

By Amanda Paa – Updated April 23, 2021
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies with walnuts

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The autumn months tend to be all about pie. I made my fair share, including mile-high applepeanut butter chocolate, black bottom pecan, and a banana caramel tart. But now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m in full on cookie mode. 

When we were in Paris last year, I stopped at this well known gluten-free bakery five different times. Their offerings were beyond good, from the cookies to the seedy bread, and rosemary foccacia. But the bite that turned my world upside down was their “brookie”.

Everything you love about a fudgy brownie, rolled into a phenomenal cookie.
Studded with chunks of toasted walnuts.
Having the richest cocoa flavor.
And a chewy center, surrounded by buttery crisp edges.

So I’ve been on a recipe testing spree to try and recreate, finally landing on these Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies that I’m sharing with you today.

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Two bowls. Ready in less than an hour. And a chocolate lover’s dream.

You’ll recognize all the traditional ingredients for brownies , and to make them gluten-free, I used teff flour, knowing it had worked well in this brownie recipe. The walnuts are essential! Something I thought I’d never say, because as a child, I frowned upon their addition to baked goods. But my adult palate welcomes them, not only for the crunch, but also the flavor.

These fudgy rounds aren’t overly sweet, using brown sugar for softness, and balanced by dark cocoa. Made even better with a glass of cold milk, or mug of of coffee. Hope they make it to your cookie plate this holiday season!


Gluten-Free Walnut Brownie Cookies

A few notes:

* Baking dough balls as-is (like pictures above) results in taller, thicker cookies. If you prefer them a bit flatter, flatten the dough balls with the back of a spoon just before baking.

* Baked cookies can be kept in an airtight container at moderate room temperature for 3 days before losing their chewy texture.

* To toast walnuts, bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Then empty on a cutting board and let them cool before chopping.

If you make these gluten free chocolate cookies, be sure to tag me @heartbeetkitchen, or with hashtag #heartbeetkitchen!

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Gluten-Free Walnut Brownie Cookies

Gluten-Free Brownie Cookies

 A chewy, fudgy cookies that tastes like a brownie!
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Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :20 minutes
Total Time :35 minutes
Yield: 12 cookies
Author: Amanda Paa



  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup packed organic brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons organic granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch
  • 1/3 cup teff flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • In the microwave, or on the stovetop, gently melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate until almost smooth. Remove from heat and continue to stir until all chocolate is melted. In seperate bowl, whisk sugars and eggs vigorously, until little bubbles come to top. 
  • Pour chocolate mixture into egg mixture, while whisking. Add cocoa powder and stir. Then add salt, baking soda, tapioca starch, and teff flour. Stir to combine and no streaks remain. Add vanilla extract, and stir. Then fold in chocolate chips and walnuts. 
  • Freeze batter for 13 minutes. Then remove and bake. 
  • Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough into rounds, and place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 11 minutes. Remove and let cool on pan for 2 minutes, then carefully transfer to a wire rack. 

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November 26, 2017


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  1. Robin Hamilton @Wellness Wires

    These gluten-free walnut brownie cookies look absolutely fantastic. Beautiful photos, too. I look forward to trying this.

  2. Bella Hardy

    It is very decadent, and the people in my office are happy today! They looked soooo good, I had to try and make gluten free walnut brownie cookies. I used your suggestion and used 1/2 cup packed organic brown sugar.

  3. Lucia Hawley

    My dad keeps trying to make a batch of cookies like these, and his are super tasty but I have a feeling these are like his recipe extra kicked up a notch! Gonna share with him and see if we can make a batch together!

    • amandapaa

      ooooo! i hope you both love them. one of favorites. so chocolatey! xo

  4. Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky

    I am obsessed with healthy desserts! Definitely gluten free walnut brownie cookies will be yummy! I’m seriously so inspired right now. I need to add cinnamon to recipe and it would be perfect. I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thx for sharing Amanda!

  5. Sherrie

    These are amazing. I’m making these to bring to a holiday party on Sunday. Chris’s request ;) xx

    • amandapaa

      eek! i hope you both love them. miss you. xo

  6. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

    That dark, dark chocolate with sea salt, extra beautiful with the walnuts!

  7. Lindsay Cotter

    These look so delicious! I’ll take a dozen please! hehe

  8. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Cookies and brownies together?! Sign me up for these babies!

  9. Julia

    I am such a sucker for walnuts in cookies. I love the combo of the brownie and walnuts together.

  10. Liren | Kitchen Confidante

    Brownies have a weakness for rich brownies, especially with walnuts — and now you’ve made them into cookies! Oh my goodness. Totally trying this — I’m excited to experiment more with teff flour, too!

  11. amandapaa

    And easier to make!

  12. Grace Rusch

    Saw these on your story last night and I don’t know how I missed them!! These look like my perfect cookie. I was just thinking about your mint chocolate teff cookies, which have become my winter favorite. I’ll be making these this weekend.

    • amandapaa

      these are so chocolatey! and i love the walnut crunch. toasty notes… yum. and yes, i will be making several batches of the peppermint crinkles!

  13. Rachel @Clean Eating for the Non-Hippie

    These are calling my name!!!!

  14. Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    Brownies and cookies are probably my two favorite desserts, so this sounds like my dream cookie. I’m so glad you found an awesome gluten free bakery in Paris!!

    • amandapaa

      It’s a mashup of yum! Also, take me back to Paris….. :)

  15. Tori//

    Oh, my! What a gorgeously photographed recipe! Not to mention how healthy and delicious they look!

    • amandapaa

      thank you, Tori!

  16. VHM

    Is there a low carb alternative to teff? Thank you.