Gluten Free Fudgy Pecan Brownies

These decadent, fudgy pecan brownies are gluten free (with easy to find ingredients), simple and absolutely scrumptious!

Gluten Free Fudgy Pecan Brownies – Decadent, fudgy GF pecan brownies that taste AMAZING, with easy-to-find ingredients! |

After spying this fabulously frugal, no-frills brownie recipe in my June issue of Everyday Food (a great magazine, by the way), I knew I had to give it a shot. The ingredients were easy to find, the result looked absolutely delicious, and I had long decided that I wanted to dabble in gluten-free baking. Just, ‘ya know, get my feet wet. Boy, am I glad I did! These brownies are to. die. for.

Gluten Free Fudgy Pecan Brownies – Decadent, fudgy GF pecan brownies that taste AMAZING, with easy-to-find ingredients! |

These rich, nutty brownies use cornstarch in place of flour, and so they don’t contain any gluten. For those of you unaware, gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. People who observe a gluten-free diet may be allergic to this protein, or suffer from celiac disease. It’s easy to see a gluten-free diet as restrictive, but you’d be surprised at all the fresh foods that are safe and still satisfying!

Gluten Free Fudgy Pecan Brownies – Decadent, fudgy GF pecan brownies that taste AMAZING, with easy-to-find ingredients! |

The beautiful batch of brownies that resulted from this recipe were scrumptious and so simple to make. Soft, fudgy and mouthwatering with a glass of milk, it wasn’t hard to see that gluten free could also mean gosh darn delicious! Plus, they were so rich that only a small square was more than enough. Substitute pecans for walnuts or omit them altogether, if you’d like. To find some great recipes and learn more about living gluten-free, visit With Style & Grace, Gluten Free Goddess, and Elana’s Pantry. Those ladies make flourless baking fancy and low-carb cooking absolutely irresistible!

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Gluten-Free Fudgy Pecan Brownies

Yield: Makes 16 brownies


6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for the pan

1/3 cup cornstarch, spooned and leveled

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon table salt

12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3 large eggs

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter an 8-inch square baking pan and line with parchment paper, leaving a bit of overhang on two sides (Buttering underneath the parchment will help it lay flat on the baking pan).

In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch, cocoa, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

In a large microwaveable bowl, microwave butter and chocolate in 20-second increments, stirring between, until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Stir in eggs one at a time, until combined. Add cornstarch mixture and stir vigorously until mixture is smooth and begins to pull away from side of bowl, about 2 minutes. Stir in pecans.

Pour batter into pan and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 35 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack or trivet. Using paper overhang, lift brownies out of pan and cut into 16 squares.

Store in an airtight container, up to 3 days.


Adapted from Everyday Food magazine, June 2012


47 Responses to “Gluten Free Fudgy Pecan Brownies”

  1. #
    Lynna — June 25, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    Yay! brownies! :D And it`s gluten! This give me another reason to try out gluten brownies. LOL

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 25, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    These look fabulous! I like how they don’t use a bunch of funny ingredients that are hard to find. I have gluten free family that I need to bake these for!

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    Guru Uru — June 25, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    When you say to die for, I believe you! These look like chocolate heaven :D


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    baker in disguise — June 25, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

    wowwwzaa!!! fudgy brownies that are gluten free…these just have to be made!!! :)

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    Devon @ The Food Bitch Blog — June 25, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    They look fantastic! I’ve been all about brownies lately. I went on a cupcake-kick, but I think I’ve moved on to brownies now.

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    Chloe@EveryCraving — June 25, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    These brownies look divine! I love that they’re gf but still look so fudgy. Very creative with the use of pecans too! I know walnuts are most common in brownies but now I’m dying to try pecans in them haha :)

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    Stephanie — June 25, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    I have a good friend who is GF because of celiac disease, so I always find some interest in good GF recipes. These brownies look awesome, I’ll have to give them a try! Thanks for sharing!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — June 25, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    I have a friend who has been looking for a good GF brownie recipe. I’m pointing her your direction! She’ll love these!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — June 25, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    In my book, brownies should not be anything like cake.. they should be like frosting in bar form. SO wonderful to see a truly jaw-dropping FUDGY brownie recipe Georgia!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 25, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

    What a gorgeous presentation! (I’m kind of obsessed with kitchen twine!) And man, these look amazing. I could seriously go for 1 or 10 of these right about now :)

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    Teresa, — June 25, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    Great recipe! This is one for my file as I am always interested in gluten-free chocolate recipes. The brownies are beautiful.

  12. #
    mireia badia — June 25, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    They look amazing!!!

  13. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 25, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    These look amazing and I love that they are GF! Will pass on to a friend who is always looking for GF recipes :).

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    Julie @ Table for Two — June 25, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    these look so moist and chewy and fudgey! i love those three combinations in a brownie :) now if only we were neighbors! i would help you polish these off ;)

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    Crunchy Creamy Sweet — June 25, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    These not only look amazing but simple too! I would love to give these a try. PS: I am with you on Everyday Food!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — June 25, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    Can’t believe these are gluten free! They look incredible!

  17. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — June 25, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    I have always wanted to try making gluten free brownies. This looks like a perfect recipe!

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    Honey — June 25, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    wow.. cornstarch.. these sound incredible.. i would never think of adding cornstarch. i loveeeeeeee fudgy gooey brownies, pecans sounds wonderful, i love some kind of nut, usually walnut or pecans. :-)

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — June 25, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    Oh my… your pictures are amazing! They look SO fudgy. I don’t have to eat gluten-free but sometimes I make something gluten-free just because I like to mix things up a little. And I’ve been mostly surprised that I like the stuff. But these, these look way better than anything gluten-free I’ve made so far!

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    london bakes — June 25, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    I’ve never seen a brownie recipe that uses cornstarch before, it sounds like a really interesting recipe. Can’t wait to give these a whirl!

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    Julia @The Roasted Root — June 25, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    I’m such a brownie lover but hardly ever make them because I find it difficult to make them brownie-like without wheat flour. I’ll definitely try your GF recipe, as everyone in my house loves their sweets and no one eats wheat! :) YUM!

  22. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — June 25, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

    Soft and fudgy and gluten free! What else could you want in a brownie, love it.

  23. #
    Angelyn — June 26, 2012 @ 12:11 am

    These …… looooooook …… amazing!!!!

  24. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — June 26, 2012 @ 4:14 am

    I LOVE gluten free recipes that have only ingredients I have on hand! Definitely trying these next time my gf sister pops in on short notice!

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    25 — June 26, 2012 @ 5:16 am

    I would have never known these brownies are made with corn starch. They look like the real deal, very fudge like with the perfect brownie looking finish :-) I am too starting to bake more on the gluten side of things, well sometimes since I actually don’t have to. Your pictures look very luxurious :-)

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — June 26, 2012 @ 5:45 am

    I haven’t had a brownie in forever! These do look to die for! Hope you have been well…

  27. #
    Tip Top Shape — June 26, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    These look amazing! I’ve never tried gluten-free baking before!

  28. #
    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl — June 26, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    I haven’t tried gluten-free baking before, but this looks like a great recipe to start with! These look absolutely amazing! I’m always in awe of your photography, Georgia!

  29. #
    Monet — June 26, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    Delicious! I have more and more brides requesting some gluten-free treats for their gluten intolerant guests. Thanks for sharing them. I can’t wait to see you!

  30. #
    Paula — June 26, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    Seriously scrumptious looking brownies!

  31. #
    Catalina @ Cake with Love — June 26, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    I love how dense and fudgy these brownies look, also chewy, and the addition of pecans is very nice too!

  32. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — June 26, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    I wish I found this recipe when I was trying out a gluten free diet for a couple of weeks (for allergies – fortunately results came back negative). These look great!

  33. #
    Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin — June 26, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    Oh, yum! Judging from the photos, I bet these taste amazing! :)

  34. #
    Eva — June 26, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    What adorable little brownie packages, love the string. I reference Elana’s Pantry a lot, she is a great gluten free cook, I have used several of her recipes with great success!

  35. #
    Cucina49 — June 27, 2012 @ 1:01 am

    These look absolutely delicious–I was in brownie frame of mind, too, and posted some yesterday.

  36. #
    Reeni — June 27, 2012 @ 1:22 am

    I was looking at these today and pondering over whether I should bake them! It wouldn’t of been a mistake – they look so rich and fudgy!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — June 27, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    Georgia, these brownies look divine. You’d never know that they were missing flour. I have never tried a gluten-free recipe before, but I think I’m going to have to change that. BTW, I love that magazine.

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — June 27, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

    Wow, these look incredible. I can’t believe they’re gluten free or that they’re so simple. Usually gluten free baking has a ton of different flours and weird things. These look amazing!

  39. #
    Wendy Wofford-Garcia — June 28, 2012 @ 12:02 am

    Nothing better than fudgy brownies…and I do have all these ingredients in my kitchen and pantry! Score…

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    Emily Lynne {The Best of this Life} — June 28, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    oh goodness…these look ah-ma-zing! Saving this recipe for a rainy, sweet craving day!

  41. #
    Val @ Tips on Healthy Living — June 28, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    The pecans are a great addition. I love Elana’s Pantry and Gluten-Free Goddess and I’ll have to check out With Style & Grace.

  42. #
    Gwen — June 29, 2012 @ 2:46 am

    Oh dear, these look so good!

  43. #
    Samantha Angela — June 29, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    Cornstarch instead of flour eh? That’s very interesting! Is that what makes them so fudgy?

  44. #
    Carrie Burrill — June 29, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    I love this… I have a friend with a gluten allergy I love to make treats for him. However I rarely have any of the fancy gluten free flours/baking mixes. For once a gluten free recipe that I have ALL the ingredients for!

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    Jen @ Jens Favorite Cookies — June 29, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    I usually don’t go out of my way to bake gluten free… but when a way presents itself, and so beautifully too, how can I turn it down? These are gorgeous!

  46. #
    Audra — June 29, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

    Georgia these brownies are gorgeous! They look so fudgy and rich! I can’t wait to hear more about your trip! xoxo

  47. #
    Amy (Savory Moments) — July 4, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    These look so yummy and full of chocolate! They look great and I’ll have to remember this for some gluten-free friends and family.

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