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Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Cookies Recipe

I need to avoid gluten and have tried transforming my favorite recipes to fit my diet. I came up with these cakelike cookies, and no one ever guesses that they’re gluten-free.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • Additional confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt. Stir in egg whites and coffee liqueur until batter resembles frosting. Add walnuts.
  • 2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 300° for 10-14 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Dust with additional confectioners' sugar. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe does not use flour.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 82 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 29 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.