Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


2 dozen

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
I can’t consume gluten, so I’ve transformed my favorite recipes to fit my diet. I came up with these cakelike cookies, and no one ever guesses they’re gluten free. —Becki DiMercurio, Martinez, California
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large 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-lined baking sheets. Bake at 300° until set, 10-14 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Dust with additional confectioners' sugar.
Gluten-Free Recipe
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Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 82 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.