{Best} Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies

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The best gluten free fudgy brownie recipe I have ever made! Rich and fudgy made with cocoa powder, they have the perfect flaky top.

The best gluten free fudgy brownie recipe I have ever made! Rich and fudgy made with cocoa powder, they have the perfect flaky top.

Photos updated 8/2016

Ashton at Something Swanky is one of my favorite bloggers. No, her blog isn’t gluten-free but just go and look at her pictures. They make my mouth water! A few months ago Ashton posted a recipe for these amazing Browned Butter Brownies. I made a few changes to the recipe that Ashton shared and this was my result.

These really are the BEST brownies I've had, gluten-free or not. So fudgy and rich. Just you try and share! I couldn't.

original photo (2013)

I had been searching high and low for a gluten free brownie that my husband likes. I hadn’t successfully made a gluten-free brownie that tasted just like the gluten-filled ones I used to make with a boxed mix.

I think these ones are even better! Just look at that flaky top…
The best gluten free fudgy brownie recipe I have ever made! Rich and fudgy made with cocoa powder, they have the perfect flaky top.

I have made them several times, with browned butter and without. I loved the subtle nuttiness that the browned butter adds but my husband preferred these brownies without the browned butter because it tastes more traditional.

If you have to eat dairy free you can easily use vegan butter or even your cooking oil of choice. That is what we do since we are a dairy free household right now.

Since baking this gluten free fudgy brownie recipe I have used it in my gluten free cookie dough brownies, no churn cream cheese brownie ice cream, no churn gluten free cookie dough brownie ice cream,  gluten free caramel stuffed brownies,  and I adapted it for fall inspired dairy free gluten free pumpkin swirl brownies.

The best gluten free fudgy brownie recipe I have ever made! Rich and fudgy made with cocoa powder, they have the perfect flaky top.

This recipe is super versatile and is always a hit.

Just look at how fudgy these brownies are!

The best gluten free fudgy brownie recipe I have ever made! Rich and fudgy made with cocoa powder, they have the perfect flaky top.

If fudgy brownies aren’t your thing, you’ll have to check out my gluten free dairy chocolate chewy brownies.

Next on my list to conquer….the perfect gluten free cakey brownie!


{Best} Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies
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The best gluten free fudgy brownie recipe I have ever made. Rich and full of chocolate!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16 brownies
  • ½ c. +2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted (or vegan butter, or oil)
  • 1¼ c. granulated sugar
  • ¾ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. my rice flour blend OR another high quality gluten free flour blend
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 8x8 glass pan(or line with parchment paper)
  3. Pour the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the sugar and cocoa powder and beat until smooth and almost creamy. (I will also just mix it by hand with a bowl and spatula until smooth.)
  4. Add the salt and vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between each addition.
  5. Add the gluten free flour blend and mix well. The batter will be thick.
  6. Use a sturdy spatula to spread batter in the prepared 8x8 pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs and no wet batter.
  7. Let cool, then cut into 2" squares. Try really hard to not eat them all yourself.


    • says

      Hi Heidi!
      In this recipe I didn’t use xanthan gum because there was such a small amount of flour in the recipe, in relation to the eggs and other ingredients that I didn’t think it needed the extra structure.
      If you’d like to add some xanthan gum, for that extra structure, I’d suggest an 1/8 tsp, or maybe 1/4 tsp but not more than that.
      Let me know how they turn out for you!

  1. Jules says

    Awesome Brownies! My dad has celiac and I am always looking for good recipes. My mom treats him so well and cooks yummy gluten free things for him. I am always trying to trump her. And this did it! She asked me for the recipe. I got major “brownie” points. Thanks Brianna.


  2. katie says

    This is delicious!!!!! I just made this brownie and came out really good, my 1st gluten free recipe, since I had rice flour and didnt know what to do with it, now I’m going to make often 😉

    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the recipe Katie! I LOVE it when people like you let me know that you tried my recipe, it makes my day! Gluten-free baking isn’t as big and scary as it is sometimes made out to be. Happy Baking!

    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      Here it is:
      When I moved my blog to wordpress some of the links got scrambled. You can also just click “My Gluten-Free Flour Blends” in the navagation bar at the top of the page.

    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      You can try using Bob’s Red Mill AP Flour, but I prefer to not use it in my recipes because I’ve found it is too heavy and often tastes beany if it isn’t lightened up with some other flour. It will probably work just fine, but the result may be slightly different.

  3. Shira says

    I made these last night for Thanksgiving dessert! I pressed bits of walnuts in before baking, and they were sooo delicious! Just as good as ones with gluten.

    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      Almond flour and coconut flour work very differently and can not be straight across substituted in this recipe. In fact I don’t use straight rice flour either, but I use a combination of flours. If you try substituting almond or coconut flour I think you’d have very, very different results. You can however try using a different rice flour-based all purpose blend. Mine is just my favorite.

    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      I wouldn’t try it. Whatever flour you ended up would be gritty and sandy, and would make anything you used it for the same. I recommend buying rice flour. It is readily available online, I often order from nuts.com or amazon.com. You can probably also find it at a health-food store locally. Also, be sure to not use straight rice flour in any of my recipes. I NEVER use straight rice flour. I use a blend of different flours that you can find HERE. I normally link to it on the recipe page also.

      • Jen says

        How Much Xanthan Gum do you put in the flour blend. It doesn’t tell you? Just says 2 part rice flour and 1 part Tapioca Starch and 1 Part potatoe starch

        • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

          My flour blend has no xanthan gum in it. I put the xanthan gum as a separate ingredient in my recipes, because some recipes need more, and some less. That way everything has the right texture and doesn’t turn out gummy.

    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      You can find my flour blend here: I’ll check that link to see why it wasn’t working. Happy Baking!

  4. says

    I followed ur recipe except I used 1 cup xylitol instead of sugar and coconut oil instead of butter. My brownies ended up being more cake like instead of fudgy. They were still good though.

    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      Hi Beverly, That is probably because you used xylitol instead of the sugar, and the coconut oil instead of the butter. Xylitol doesn’t work the exact same way when baking. Happy Baking! -Brianna

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