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Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies

Super fudgy gluten free brownies will be a staple recipe for years to come. It’s a great base recipe to make any kind of decadent brownies you’d like!

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Super Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies (a Ghirardelli copycat recipe) from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com

You guys. You guys. YOU GUYS. THESE BROWNIES. I seriously can’t help the all caps right there because these fudgy gluten free brownies are THAT amazing. I’ve been working for a very, very, very long time to perfect a gluten free Ghirardelli boxed brownie copycat recipe. 

The walnut version was our absolute favorite brownie before Adam had to start eating gluten free. I never, ever made brownies 100% from scratch because that little box of brownies was our absolute favorite.

Super Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies (a Ghirardelli copycat recipe) from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com

They’re so fudgy and so soft in the center and they basically just melt in your mouth. And for some reason, they were incredibly hard to make. I’ve had other brownies on my blog, like my Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies, Flourless Chocolate Mint Brownies, and Snickers Brownies. I even use the chocolate hazelnut brownies as the base in my Cherry Vanilla Baked Alaska.

ALL of those recipes were great but this one, this one has been my unicorn brownie recipe. The elusive recipe that I just needed to tackle.

And I’ve finally done that. My freezer may be packed full of brownies right now but it was well worth it. These are so fudgy, soft (from slightly under-baking, the way brownies should be!), chewy along the edges, and basically melt in your mouth. JUST like the ones from the box I set out to re-create. I so #nailedit

Super Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies (a Ghirardelli copycat recipe) from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com

Not only have I been working on perfecting a gluten free copycat version of Ghirardelli boxed brownies, but I have also been making my own gluten free flour blend for years now. When I first started baking gluten free, I used a store-bought all-purpose mix. But as I got more experience baking gluten free, I found that I could get better results on my own.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some great flour mixes available. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Baking Flour and the Gluten Free Mama’s Almond Blend are two of my favorites. But if you can make it yourself, why not? Especially since making your own flour blend is cheaper than buying pre-made.

Super Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies (a Ghirardelli copycat recipe) from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com

Key Ingredients for this Gluten Free Brownie Recipe

  • All purpose gluten free baking flour (omit xanthan gum if using Bob’s Red Mill 1:1)
  • Cocoa powder
  • COLD eggs
  • Cornstarch
  • Avocado OR Canola Oil
  • Vanilla extract

Equipment Needed


How to make Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies

Step 1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Step 2.  Whisk together the dry ingredients.

Step 3.  Add eggs to dry ingredients and beat well.  Then add the rest of the wet ingredients.

Step 4.  Mix until the dry ingredients are fully incorporated.

Step 5. Transfer the batter into a prepared pan ( 9×9 metal pan lined with parchment paper).  Bake at 325 for 22-25 minutes.

Step 6.  Allow brownies to fully cool in pan before removing and cutting.

Gluten Free Brownies


 

I recently had the opportunity to try a Mockmill attachment for my KitchenAid stand. (If you don’t have a KitchenAid, the Mockmill will also work with AEG, Electrolux, and Kenmore mixers.) The Mockmill is basically exactly what it sounds like – a mill. It’s a much smaller scale grain mill that works like a commercial mill but can be used in a home kitchen.

It attaches to your KitchenAid mixer just as any KitchenAid attachment would on the front of you mixer. Add your grain to the hopper, turn on your mixer, and let those stones grind the grain into the flour of your choice! I’ve been making a lot of my own white rice flour and it has worked great!

There are several gluten free grains that are suitable for DIY Gluten Free Flour using the MockMill KitchenAid attachment; which gives you complete control over the flour you use in your gluten free kitchen.

Common Gluten Free Flours you can make at home using the Mockmill KitchenAid attachment:

  • White Rice Flour
  • Brown Rice Flour
  • Tapioca Flour (ground from Tapioca Pearls)
  • Oat Flour
  • Quinoa Flour
  • Corn Flour / Corn Meal (be sure to use food-grade corn)
  • Beans

There are quite a few others you can try but these are the ones that I use the most when I am baking. I do use Arrowroot flour all the time since it’s part of my nightshade-free flour blend, but I’m not about to dry my own Yucca. That’s a little too much work for this busy work-at-home mom.

If you’re interested in getting your own Mockmill, you can order one directly from Mockmill. They’re offering a great package that comes with a Mockmill, the Flour Power book (which is being specially reprinted for Mockmill customers), and corn, teff, and buckwheat. Use code whattheforkfoodblog for $80 off your order.

I used my nightshade-free flour blend in these fudgy gluten free brownies but my white-rice all purpose flour blend would work well too. So now you have it folks – the best EVER fudgy gluten free brownies and a way to start making your own gluten free flour. Enjoy!

Super Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies (a Ghirardelli copycat recipe) from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com

Want to elevate these brownies and take them to the next level? Try my Gluten Free Samoas Brownies or my Gluten Free Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting. Both these recipes start with this fabulous base brownie recipe!

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Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies

Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies

Yield: 16 Brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

Super fudgy gluten free brownies will be a staple recipe for years to come. It’s a great base recipe to make any kind of decadent brownies you’d like!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 C sugar
  • 3/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1/2 C all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs (cold)
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/3 C avocado oil (or canola oil)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp water (cold)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a 9x9 inch metal baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch.
  3. Make a well in the center and add the eggs. Beat the eggs and mix in the butter, oil, vanilla extract, and water. Mix until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake at 325 degrees for 22-25 minutes. Cool completely in the pan before cutting.

Notes

Adapted from my Snickers Brownies.

I prefer my brownies very soft and on the slightly under-baked side. Cook a little bit longer if you want the center to be a little more done.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 132Total Fat: 13gCarbohydrates: 4g
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Jenna M.

Sunday 21st of February 2021

Delicious!!!! Needed last minute brownie recipe for my brothers birthday and these turned out to be the best brownies we have ever had!!! We used Namaste Perfect Flour Blend for the flour, omitted the zanthan gum since the flour blend has it, doubled the salt, and only ended up using 1 egg because that’s what we had left in the fridge (oops!). It still worked perfectly and other than being a little messy to pick up (assuming that second egg would have helped that lol!), they were perfectly fudgy with just the right texture and richness and sweetness and chocolately goodness! Will absolutely make these again and again!

Alana

Monday 18th of January 2021

Do you have any idea how I could substitute ghee for butter in this recipe? Or, how would you suggest to make this dairy free?

Shay

Monday 18th of January 2021

Substitute ghee 1:1 for the butter or if you want fully dairy free, just use Nutiva shortening or oil in place of the butter :)

Stephanie

Thursday 10th of September 2020

Can you substitute coconut flour for the AP stuff?

Jill

Monday 28th of October 2019

Can I make these in a glass pan? I only have a 9x13 metal pan and an 8x8 Pyrex.

Shay

Monday 28th of October 2019

Yes, you can make them in a glass pan. If you want to bake them in a 9x13 pan, just double the recipe and increase the baking time a bit :)

Cindy Lamoureux

Monday 21st of October 2019

Made these today with cup for cup flour and added the xanthan gum even though it is in the flour. I have found over the last 13 years that the texture and foundation of baked goods comes out better. I also doubled the recipe as I have company coming. These are fantastic! Best recipe for brownies I have found. Thank you, thank you!

Shay

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

Thanks Cindy!

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