Today is the final day of SSS—A Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts. (I know it’s sad, but not to worry . . . we’re never short of treats here at gfe.) I have a very special treat for you—gluten-free Flourless Sparkling Chocolate Cookies!
Chocolate is often synonymous with Valentine’s Day, and, well, love … quite honestly. Gosh, I can’t imagine why that would be, can you? (Okay, this is one of those times where a sarcasm font would sure come in handy!)
I have only included a small amount of chocolate in the SSS roundup so far … the mini chocolate chips in Monday’s recipe—Surprise Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. So I’m here today to share not one, but two lovely chocolate treats.
As you all have figured out, I love to bake. I especially love to bake cookies. Well, we’ve gone all week without a cookie recipe, so let’s fix that right now by giving you a rich, “make-you-fall-in-love” chocolate cookie recipe.
I’m not talking about falling in love with another person. I’m talking about falling in love with this cookie. This gluten-free Flourless Sparkling Chocolate Cookie.
Is it really so wrong to love a cookie? I mean there’s no need to buy a card or send flowers after all. That doesn’t sound bad.
Of course, if someone bakes these cookies and presents them to you for Valentine’s Day, you may actually fall in love with that person, and not the cookies. But, it could be a close call.
An important note: The batter has to be refrigerated overnight. I don’t want you to go to make these cookies on Valentine’s Day or for another special occasion and find out you actually have to wait until the next day to enjoy them.
I make these gluten-free Flourless Sparkling Chocolate Cookies for other special occasions and even take them with us when we’re having guests join us while camping on our mountain/river property. The recipe makes two to three dozen (depending upon how large you make the batter balls before you bake them).
That’s plenty as they fit in a smallish cookie tin and take up less room when packing—always a plus when camping. And, really, folks are extremely satisfied after just eating a few.
Can you tell that I just love doilies? And, not just for Valentine’s Day. I love all kinds of doilies, for all seasons, and when I taught elementary school, many projects involved doilies.
Mr. GFE and I host a big Valentine’s Day party every other year as a gift to ourselves and our friends. Tomorrow would be the night if we were having it. However, this is an “off” year and while I’m grateful that we don’t have to worry about hosting with snow and limited parking, I will miss the anticipation and excitement.
For a bonus recipe, I’m also sharing a chocolate version of the POMerdoodle ice cream recipe. It’s gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free. You can view that recipe with more photos here.
Gluten-Free Flourless Sparkling Chocolate Cookies Recipe
Gluten-Free Flourless Sparkling Chocolate Cookies
Not all chocolate cookies are as impressive as one might think, but these naturally gluten-free Flourless Sparkling Chocolate Cookies are. These rich cookies make any occasion special and will become everyone's favorite!
- 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (regular, mini], or [chunks)
- 3 tbsp butter, room temperature or softened (but not melted)
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar (plus more for "decorating")
- 3/4 cup ground almonds (I used Honeyville Blanched almond flour)
- Melt chocolate in double boiler and stir in butter.
- Beat eggs and add sugar gradually.
- Continue beating until eggs are very light. Gently stir into the chocolate-butter mixture.
- Add ground almonds, combining well, but gently.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight. (See notes.)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Form into 1-inch balls and roll in bowl of granulated sugar as shown.
- Place on parchment-lined baking sheets.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until set.
- Cool slightly before removing from baking sheet.
This recipe appears to be an adaptation of Thomas Haas' (the famous "chocolatier") Chocolate Sparkle Cookies. His cookies were billed as the world's best cookie by Saveur magazine a few years back.
His original recipe has a few more ingredients as I understand, including gourmet chocolate, honey, and coarse sugar (for rolling). Haas sells his version at his Vancouver gourmet chocolate shop. I'd love to try the "originals" one day. But, this version from CCA is simpler and much less expensive to make, and I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Instead of chilling the batter overnight, you can chill it about six hours in the fridge (and maybe even cheat a little by putting it in the freezer for some of that time).
The Complete Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts Recipe Lineup
Here’s the complete SSS–Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts roundup:
~ Surprise Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
~ Cinnamon-Sugar Crusted Almond Popovers
~ Flourless Sparkling Chocolate Cookies (this post)
~ Chocolate POMerdoodle Ice Cream
Off to have one of these gluten-free Flourless Sparkling Chocolate Cookies to brighten my Valentine’s Day weekend … hope you have a great one!
Originally published February 12, 2010; updated November 14, 2022.
Flourless and fabulous! These look amazing =D.
Hey Lauren–Thanks! I do like the sound of that. 🙂 They are really wonderful cookies. I highly recommend giving them a try. Might make good Olympics-watching fare. 😉
These are very GFE! A gluten free cookie recipe with only 5 ingredients!? Awesome!
Thank you, Iris! 🙂 I want to make another version of this recipe using cocoa and coconut oil, and perhaps even agave instead of sugar. So many plans … 😉
I love your ideas (have been going through your earlier posts with excitement)! I’m gluten free, but also casein/dairy free, egg free, and soy free. I notice many of your recipes (particularly the baking ones) have eggs in them. For some things like muffins, etc. I can use the egg replacer, but I get the sense that in many recipes, the egg is key to the product.
Do you have ideas on how to modify recipes like that? Or can you do occasional posts for baked goods that are free of eggs as well?
Hi Learner–Welcome to gfe! Thank you so very much for your feedback. 🙂 I am committed to making the lifestyle change easier for folks who are gluten free, casein/dairy free, and soy free (almost all my recipes are soy free, although I very rarely label them as such). But, I have to admit that I haven’t ventured too far into the egg-free realm yet. I’m sure you’ve looked online for egg substitutions. Here’s a link that mentions bananas, rice milk, flax seed meal, applesauce, potato starch, and arrowroot powder as possible egg substitutes (with endorsements by the folks who use them).
I did make my flourless peanut butter cookies egg-free once by accident. Then I tried it again and it didn’t work. I believe that the first time it worked because my brown sugar was older and acted as a better binder, and the second time it was brand new and too fluffy. I am going to give it another try, but just that experience lets me know that baking egg free can be a challenge. I like a challenge so I’ll certainly make more attempts and share any successes here. But, all that said, let me point you to some fellow gluten-free blogger friends who often do egg free, dairy free, soy free, etc. They would be Ali at The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen, Kelly at The Spunky Coconut, and Karina at The Gluten-Free Goddess. But, I’ll seriously try to think of some egg-free recipes (plus more “free”) that fit the gfe approach.
Look forward to seeing you again at gfe,
Thanks 🙂 Great resources, I’ll definitely be heading over there as well. The entire “free” process seems to be a lot about experimentation and tinkering to get things right – challenging, but in a good way. I can’t wait to see what you post next on gfe – its really a wonderful inspiration and site!
Hi again Learner–Thanks so much for your very sweet words! I truly appreciate them. My experiences cooking gluten free (and even dairy free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, often) have taught me to focus on foods and dishes that are naturally free of those ingredients and sometimes make some simple substitutions, so I’m sure that egg free will be similar. Yes, I like the way you put it! “Challenging, but in a good way.” These dietary needs get us to think outside the box, literally, and that’s not a bad thing at all. 😉
Ah … what I’ll post next … I haven’t even figured that out yet. LOL
Carol, Simply...Gluten-free says
The cookies look great and I love the simplicity. HAppy V Day to you!
Hi Carol!–Thanks, dear. 🙂 Happy Valentines’ Day to you as well … I’m betting you have some great plans. 😉
Yum! Don’t you love almond flour? I love Honeyville – it’s so much finer and better than Bob’s Red Mill for things like this. These look great.
Hi Alta– Thank you. 🙂 Yes, I am almost at the end of my Honeyville bag. Honeyville is fantastic. (I don’t consider Bob’s to be almond flour; it’s ground almonds to me, but not “flour.”) Honeyville has provided so many wonderful baked goods the last few months. 🙂
BTW, Chelsey at The Crazy Kitchen did a post about making your own almond flour using a coffee mill. Her almond flour looked very impressive and if I ever get a coffee mill, I plan to give it a try. As she shared, almond flour made that way is more economical and it would be fun to make as little as needed or if in between Honeyville orders. 😉
Such Yummy Goodness and oh so pretty!
Happy V-Day Girl!
Hi Pam–Thank you … I think you’d love them. 😉
Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too, my dear! xo …
Let’s see, chocolate, butter, and sugar. Yep, I’m in. These look delicious, great pictures.
Hi Brian–LOL … yep, those sound like your favorite ingredients. 😉 They do make for some might fine cookies!
Enjoy and thanks so much!
Oh, yum!! I love chocolate & I have to try these! What a great week of recipes, Shirley! I love to see all that you make.
Kim–Very few of us don’t love chocolate … so I just had to add some chocolate recipes at the end of the Suite of Sweets. (Be sure to check out the Chocolate POMerdoodle ice cream on my Out and About page, too.)
Thanks so much, Kim. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the week of gfe goodies. Hugs,
These look so tempting so I am going to make them and post them on the flourless recipes at Sweet and Savory.
Bloggers seem to be looking for flourless recipes. My most popular are the flourless brownies and chocolate cake.
Hi Chaya–That will be great! 🙂 I think folks have learned that flourless means a recipe that’s easy and absolutely delicious. 😉
Ellen Allard says
Oh Shirley, these cookies look divine! They look crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside – perfection! Do you think I could make them without eggs? Maybe I could sub in a flaxmeal replacement egg. I will keep you posted if I have success. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Hi Ellen–They are pretty darned good. So good that I don’t make them very often at all. LOL You’ve decribed them perfectly … a little crunch on the outside, but lovely and soft on the inside.
I really have no experience with flax meal, but I’s say give it a try. I’ll keep my fingers crossed as I’d really like these cookies to turn out for you! Plus, know there are many other gfe readers who’d like to bake egg-free treats. 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day to you, dear! Thanks for emailing me about your Valentine’s Day recipe roundup! Hope everyone will check it out and add some more great recipes as well.
Heather @CeliacFamily says
These look great. I will definitely have to give them a try.
Hi Heather–Thanks! Please report back and let us know what you think. 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Jennifer R. says
We just opened up a bag of Honeyville Blanched Almond flour — made snickerdoodles and chocolate chip cookies — perhaps this week will be your chocolate cookies. I’ll sub out the sugar with either agave or coconut sugar (I don’t buy regular white or brown sugar anymore) and use raw cacao powder in lieu of melting chocolate chips. I’m sure these will be absolutely awesome!! Thanks, Shirley!
Oh, and what would happen if I did not refrigerate overnight?? Just curious 🙂
Hey Jennifer–Yum on the snickerdoodles and chocolate chip cookies—certainly two of my favorites! 🙂
I’d be concerned about making a one-for-one sub with the agave because of its liquid nature. Do you usually sub coconut sugar one for one? That would make sense and I sure want to try that. I just received some raw cacao powder myself (in the iHerb giveaway I won from Amy!), so I’d love to hear that would work. I also want to try this recipe with cocoa and coconut oil vs choc chips and butter, but some time in the future.
If you don’t refrigerate, your cookies will definitely spread too quickly. You want to maintain their certain size and keep that soft middle intact. Consider that this recipe is largely chocolate chips. You might try “cheating” by placing your bowl of dough in the freezer for a while. I’ve employed that method with other items that need to be chilled. 😉 And, the whole chemistry might be changed by your use of raw cacao powder instead of choc chips. You might not get the soft middle, but you might not get the spreading either. Still, I’d recommend chilling at least some. Use your best baking judgment. 😉
I just made these cookies tonight and served them with coffee ice cream for my kids while they watch the Olympics! A big hit here – Thanks!
Hi Melanie–So good to see you! 🙂 That sounds like a fabulous combination and a fun time!
Thanks so much for sharing,
Please stop by Comfy Cook. Something is waiting for you and thanks for everything.
Chaya–You are so spoiling me! 😉
Thank you a million times over for the award! 🙂
Gosh, those cookies are gorgeous! Seriously, they are perfect. That might have to be the cover shot for your cookbook.
Okay, I’ve been trying to avoid treats and you tempt me with cookies and ICE CREAM. My two favorite things! I can always count on you for some amazing GFE treats, that’s for sure. Okay, okay, you’ve twisted my arm. I’ll try the cookies and the ICE CREAM!
Melissa–LOL on the cover shot … laying more groundwork for me, huh? Are you a book editor/agent on the side? 😉
The ice cream is delicious and pretty healthy … the cookies you might have to re-create a bit to be as healthy as your Montana chocolate chip cookies. But, they are phenomenal, without a doubt. I gave half of the batch to a friend for her family for V Day and her description was “magnificent.” 🙂 You’re right … having these together would be a fabulous idea!
Diane-The W.H.O.L.E. Gang says
I can see that this recipe is going to get me into trouble. It looks so easy. Even I can do it. I have some left over Whipped Cream made from coconut milk. I think it needs these cookies. Have you tried freezing the cookies? If I leave them out I’ll eat them all at once.
Yep, you could make it with no issues and look like a baking rock star! Wow, you’re being good with that whipped cream. I’ll never look at that coconut cream at the top of the can of chilled coconut milk the same way ever again. Add a dollop of that to one of these cookies and you’d have a seriously fine dessert! I haven’t tried freezing them, but it seems quite plausible. Just reheat one or two of them for a few seconds in the microwave. Ooh, that sounds good … warm truffle center. I’ve never frozen them before because my tactic is always to share. I eat a few and imediately give the rest away or take to work with me. Have any neighbors you love, or want to love? 😉
Okay, so what I can sub for the butter in this recipe? (Hopefully, you have a solution, because oil or shortening would, I think, make this too soft or not soft enough, in that order.)
I’m not making this and tormenting myself by not being able to eat it. That’s never actually fun…
Hey Annie–Good to see you again! 🙂 Although I haven’t personally tried it, dairy-free “butters” should work. In fact, Kishari, The Food Allergy Queen, made these cookies using Spectrum successfully. You can see her post here. I’ve seen other recipes that advise substituting ghee or coconut butter as well. So give it a try. At worst case, the “batter” might not be firm enough after chilling (you’ll know if it won’t easily roll into balls), and you’d have to add a tad more almond flour. Sorry, I can’t share my own personal experience at this point. I do plan to make this recipe using cocoa and coconut oil at some point and will report back then. 🙂
Let us know what happens if you make the recipe! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that no type of torture will occur with a dairy-free version of this recipe. 😉
Awesome! I have Spectrum on hand, which means I might be able to adapt this to fit what I have on hand by next weekend. If only there was one more day in the weekend…
Nah, torture only occurs if I think it’s a good idea to cook *with* dairy. And I’m usually intelligent enough to figure out a dairy sub so that doesn’t happen. 😉
🙂 Dear, I am so with you on needing one more day in this weekend! I have a support group meeting here on Tuesday. Mr. GFE left me alone so I could have the house to myself for a few hours to get ready. Now all I want to do is enjoy the quiet … translation: I haven’t done much in the way of getting ready yet. LOL
Thank goodness no torture will be involved in the making of these cookies then. 😉 Enjoy what’s left of this weekend!
I have to tell you that I made these and they are delicious. Well, one batch was. I don’t know what happened. I made two batches, together. The only difference was that one was on the top shelf and one the middle.
One came out beautifull and another fell flat and tasted sweeter, a little too sweet.
The good bunch had a better taste. Go figure.
I am glad I made these winners and hope to post them this week.
Hey Chaya–I’m glad you had some success. To be honest, I’ve never had success baking cookies on the top rack. It’s not the same temperature there as it is on the bottom rack. I have cookie sheets that allow me to place two side by side on the bottom rack. I can see where being flatter would change the taste. You need a little rising action to have the crunch on the outside and the softness on the inside. 😉
Thanks for sharing your success and “less than success” to help out other gfe readers!
Shirley, thanks for the correction on the brownies. I appreciate when you do this. I don’t want to confuse everyone, nor do I want anyone to think the blog is not GF, all the way.
Adele Long says
Is there a substitution for almond flour,
I am allergic to all nuts but would love to
Hi Adele–Welcome to gfe! 🙂 You could make flour using sunflower seeds and/or pumpkin seeds to sure in this recipe. You can just grind them to flour consistency in a spice grinder, coffee grinder, or even a food processor, but you have to be careful with the latter to not over process them and turn them into seed butter. Good luck!
Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations says
These look just fabulous Shirley!!!
Thanks, Cassidy! They’re quite delicious. Have not attempted to make a healthier version yet, but I think it would be pretty easy to do. 😉
Wow! These cookies look amazing! Sparkling?! I guess I will have to make them to see them sparkle from all angles…
Hi Julia–Thank you! 🙂 And, yes, they really do sparkle. Please share any feedback if you give them a go. 😉
vegetarianmamma (Cindy) says
Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share next time!
Thank you as always, Cindy! 🙂
Andrea Wyckoff says
These cookies look awesome!! I am seriously making these!! I love the ingredients, and they look to-die-for!!
Ooh…. I am envisioning them in my very near future… might make a few into whoopie pies with some simple coconut whip in the middle.
Thanks for sharing this recipe!!
Thanks, Andrea! They are “to die for”! And OMG on making them into whoopie pies with coconut whip …I LOVE that idea! 🙂 Btw, one friend used these cookies as the base/brim of her witches’ hats. 😉 I think she used inverted ice cream cones for the upper part of the hat.
Alexis (GF in Orlando) says
Shirley, the cookies were great! My whole family loved them! I made the dough in the morning, and baked them about 8 hours later. I used a small cookie scoop, so no need to roll them. Easy to make, and delicious served with some vanilla ice cream. 🙂
Alexis–Your and your family’s review makes me so happy! I love that you were able to simply use a scoop and that you enjoyed them with ice cream. 🙂 Something I’ve never tried but have thought about doing is using these cookies to make ice cream sandwiches. If you ever give that a try (you’re so close already!), please let us know! 😉
These look delicious, Shirley!
Shirley Braden says
Thanks, Raia! I need to try making a dairy-free version this Valentine’s Day. 🙂