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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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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 were just so good.

sliced fudgy gluten free brownies on a wood cutting board

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 replicate. 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.


fudgy gluten free brownies stacke don a wood cutting board lined with white parchment paper

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.

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Key Ingredients for this Gluten Free Brownie Recipe

  • Gluten Free Flour – omit xanthan gum if using a gluten free flour blend that contains it
  • Cocoa Powder – I use Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
  • COLD Eggs – for vegan gluten free brownies, use an egg replacer and the dairy free butter sub listed below.
  • Cornstarch
  • Butter – use vegan butter for gluten free dairy free brownies
  • Avocado Oil or Canola Oil
  • Vanilla extract

ingredients for fudgy gluten free brownies

Equipment Needed to Make Homemade Brownies

sliced gluten free brownies on a parchment paper lined wood cutting board

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 the pan before removing and cutting.

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Tips for Making Gluten Free Brownies from Scratch

  • 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. A 1:1 gluten free flour blend can also be used. Just be sure to omit the xanthan gum called for in this recipe if your blend contains it.
  • For cleaner cut brownies, chill the brownies for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Cutting with a plastic knife works great too!
  • Mix in chocolate chips or nuts at the end if you like!

overhead shot of fudgy gluten free brownies on 3 different small plates

Other Gluten Free Brownie Recipes to Try

Samoas Brownies

Gluten Free Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting 

Coconut Frosted Brownies

Peppermint Frosted Brownies (Christmas)

Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies (flourless)

Flourless Mint Chocolate Brownies

Snickers Brownies

Mummy Brownies (Halloween)

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overhead shot of sliced fudgy gluten free brownies on a white plate

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!


  • 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)


  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.


  1. For dairy free brownies, use melted vegan butter in place of the regular butter.
  2. 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.
  3. Chill the brownies for 30 minutes for cleaner cut slices.
  4. This recipe can be doubled and baked in a 9x13 pan.
  5. These brownies freeze well. Defrost at room temperature before serving.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 132Total Fat: 13gCarbohydrates: 4g
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Monday 12th of April 2021

These are five-star brownies, hands down.

Jenelle H

Monday 5th of April 2021

Made these last night, and they came out great! I used a cheap cocoa powder, which next time I will get a good dutch cocoa because I think that is the only thing that would have made these even better! They are super rich, which is perfect for when I'm craving something chocolaty! Another winner recipe - thanks Shay!


Wednesday 7th of April 2021

You're welcome!

Ruth Mclaughlin

Monday 15th of March 2021

These are absolutely the best Brownies, EVER!

Ruth Mclaughlin

Friday 12th of March 2021

I haven't made brownies from scratch in probably 50 years, because I like them sort of soft and gooey in the center, too. I may have tried a couple of times, but never was satisfied. So, I'm really happy to have this recipe, Shay. The brownies are in the oven now, but I can tell already by the texture and appearance that there will be no more mixes for me!

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!

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