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Mudslide Cookies aka Flourless Chocolate Cookies {gluten-free, dairy-free}

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Gluten-free mudslide cookies are a flourless chocolate cookie that’s rich, sweet, and will cure your chocolate cravings! These gluten-free chocolate cookies are free of dairy and nuts too! Thanks to Enjoy Life for sponsoring these flourless chocolate cookies recipe as part of our ongoing partnership.

Bowl of flourless chocolate cookies

At a gluten-free bakery sometime over the past few years, I tried a cookie called a Mudslide Cookie. It was so rich and chocolatey and sweet that it quickly became my favorite gluten-free chocolate cookie and I knew I’d have to recreate it at home.

It just doesn’t get more chocolatey than these flourless cookies, so they’re perfect for a self-proclaimed chocoholic like me!

I had never had a chocolate cookie quite like the mudslide cookies, so I went searching online and found many recipes for flourless chocolate cookies that looked similar but not exactly the same as the shiny, rich ones I’d had.

Then I combined a few recipes, and tried these a few times, making changes until I made a cookie that I like even better than the ones I remembered. These are the best gluten-free chocolate flourless cookies!

Whether you call these mudslide cookies or flourless chocolate cookies, I think you’ll love them!

Flourless Chocolate Cookies aka Gluten-free Mudslide Cookies

You’re probably wondering how these cookies are made without flour. You make these chocolate cookies with powdered sugar! Crazy right? Here’s some other info on ingredients.

Notes on ingredients and substitutions for flourless chocolate chip cookies:

  • Powdered sugar – This acts as a flour in this recipe! If you happen to be avoiding corn, there are several brands that make a powdered sugar that is corn free. I know that as of right now, the Trader Joe’s powdered sugar is corn-free.
  • Cocoa Powder – I’ve tested this with several and saw no difference between using regular or Dutch cocoas.
  • Egg Whites – These are essential and I can’t offer you an egg substitution for these. Make sure your eggs are at room temperature before you begin too!
  • Dark Chocolate: I wanted these to be rich gluten and dairy free cookies, so I used the Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels in these. Those give the bigger lumps in these flourless dark chocolate cookies!
  • Mini chips: My go-to gluten-free, dairy-free mini chips are Enjoy Life semisweet mini chips! They’re certified gluten-free as well as free of other top allergens. 

All those lumps and bumps make it seem like these have nuts, but they don’t! By using a variety of chocolate sizes, I was able to achieve that bumpy look while still keeping them free of nuts.

Gluten-free Flourless Mudslide cookies made with enjoy life baking chocolate

I’ve been using Enjoy Life chocolate for my baking for years now. Why? Because it’s certified gluten-free and it tastes great! They’re also free of dairy, meaning I could make these gluten-free dairy-free cookies. The chips melt perfectly too!

I buy my Enjoy Life baking chocolate locally at stores like Fred Meyer, Albertsons, my local co-op, and even Walmart. The bags of chips are easy to spot since they all have this bright teal packaging now! Some stores place these on the baking aisle with other brands of chocolate chips, while some stores place these in their gluten-free section, so check both places! 

When I really want to stock up, I buy multiple packages of them online from Amazon.

I know many of you like to just add them to your Amazon cart with other items you’re ordering, so you can find the mini chips here and the dark chocolate morsels here. By buying 6 at a time, you’ll be ready for all sorts of baking!

single flourless chocolate cookie on a white plate

While recreating these gluten-free dairy-free chocolate chip cookies, I knew I couldn’t make them palm sized like the bakery did – these are just too sweet for that! Instead I made these perfectly sized so you can enjoy one!

I used my #40 cookie scoop which is a medium sized scoop to portion these out 12 per baking sheet. Scoop them onto parchment paper that’s been sprayed with nonstick spray. (Yes, these need both parchment and spray or they stick!)

Here’s a look at them ready to bake so you can see the thick batter texture:

Making flourless chocolate cookies

These were perfectly soft and chewy at the 12 minute mark. They had glossy tops and had cracked nicely – that’s how I knew they were done! If you’d like yours crisper, feel free to bake a little longer.

These flourless chocolate cookies do get crisper on day two and three though, if any last that long!

Here’s a look at these flourless fudge cookies just out of the oven:

Flourless Chocolate Mudslide Cookies just out of the oven!

I love that chocolate crinkle look to them!

One batch of these dairy-free cookies makes 18 cookies when using a #40 scoop. You can feel free to make them smaller and lessen cooking time a minute or two, or make them larger and lengthen cooking time a minute or two. Just watch for them to be nice and glossy and cracked.

Store leftover cookies in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

You can freeze the baked flourless chocolate cookies too so that you can pull them out to enjoy another day!

I bet if you put out a bowl of these cookies for company, there won’t be any left to freeze though!

Flourless Chocolate Mudslide Cookies. Gluten-free dairy-free and nut-free but so good!!

Looking for some other recipes for using your Enjoy Life dark chocolate morsels? Try these buckeye balls that use melted dark chocolate morsels for the coating! My friend Chrystal uses them in her gluten-free vegan chocolate ganache cake that looks so pretty! I used them in one of my favorite pies ever, this gluten-free chocolate cream pie.

I have so many recipes that use the semisweet mini chips! I loved them in these gluten-free banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. They’re the perfect addition to this holiday gluten-free cranberry chocolate bread. You can use them in this vegan chocolate pie from my friend Erin. I’m dying to make this edible eggless chocolate chip cookie dough soon for a Friday night treat!

My gluten free chocolate cookies recipe was adapted from these chewy gooey flourless chocolate cookies, some verbal tips from a baker, and various recipes from several cookbooks.

Two Gluten-free Mudslide Cookies - one with a bite out of it

Please come back and rate and review the recipe if you love it!

Okay, enough talking, here’s the recipe:

Gluten-free Flourless Chocolate Cookie Recipe:

Yield: 18 cookies

Flourless Chocolate Mudslide Cookies (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Bowl of gluten-free mudslide flourless chocolate cookies

Gluten-free mudslide cookies are a flourless chocolate cookie that's rich, sweet, and will cure your chocolate cravings! These gluten-free chocolate cookies are free of dairy and nuts too!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 12 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes


  • 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 lg. egg whites (room temperature)
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350°. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Spray top of parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray (otherwise these cookies really stick!)

To the bowl of your mixer, add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Mix together on low speed until mixed together well. (If you have a whisk attachment for your mixer, use that.)

Add the egg whites and pure vanilla extract and mix on low until mixed. Batter will be very thick when done!

Remove bowl from mixer. Using a spatula, stir in the mini semi-sweet chips and the dark chocolate chips. 

Use a medium cookie scoop (#40) to scoop out wet dough mounds onto your sprayed parchment sheets, leaving plenty of room for them to spread during baking. On my large cookie sheet, I did 12, and then 6 on the other cookie sheet. You could do 8 per batch too if your sheet is smaller. 

I prefer to bake one sheet at a time for even baking. If you need to use the same cookie sheet twice, be sure to let it cool between batches.

Bake in 350° oven for 12 minutes, or until glossy and cracked and edges are set. They will firm up as they cool too. 

Remove from oven and let sit on the pan for 2-3 minutes. Slide parchment paper onto cooling rack for cookies to continue to cool. Enjoy!

Pin these flourless cookies to your gluten-free cookies board on Pinterest:

Gluten-free Mudslide Cookies Recipe Flourless Chocolate Cookies gluten-free dairy-free nut-free
Looking for more flourless cookie recipes or gluten-free cookie recipes? Check out my Gluten-free Cookies Pinterest Board. Lots of ideas there!

This sponsored post was created through my partnership with Enjoy Life Foods. As always, all opinions are my own. Collaborating with brands I love allows me to keep bringing you new and varied recipes! Thanks for your support!

Plate of flourless chocolate cookies

I hope you and your friends and family enjoy these flourless cookies as much as mine did!

Bowl of gluten-free mudslide flourless chocolate cookies

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Tuesday 19th of December 2023

Omgosh!!! Delicious- my family loved these cookies. My son ( who is gluten free and dairy free) asked me to make again. They didn’t look like yours(fluffier), but they were so good!!! Thank you.


Thursday 11th of May 2023

These are my go-to dairy-free gluten-free cookies. I've served at parties and been asked for the recipe many times. Thank you!


Thursday 20th of April 2023

These are awesome. I used Target's Good & Gathered organic powdered sugar to make them grain-free. I skipped oiling the parchment and had no problems with them sticking. I just made sure they were completely cooled before removing them from the paper.


Tuesday 6th of December 2022

I just made these. They taste fine...they're gooey in the middle and crunchy on the outside, but they don't look like yours. They aren't very spread out and they don't shine. I love the look of yours and wonder what might be wrong with mine. Any thoughts?

Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

Tuesday 20th of December 2022

Nancy, I'm not sure either. I'm hearing that occasionally from people and I can't figure out what it would be! I'm going to try making this multiple times in the new year with various brands and see if I can reproduce this and figure it out. Could you let me know the brands of chocolate, cocoa, and powdered sugar you used, if you remember? And if you made any substitutions at all? I would like to figure out why this occasionally seems to happen so I can advise!


Monday 5th of December 2022

After reading a couple other recipes, have you tried to add a Tbsp. or 2 of Kahlua to this recipe? Do you think it would still work?

Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

Tuesday 20th of December 2022

I have not tried that Janelle. You can sure give it a try! I would start with just a tbsp.

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