These decadent, fudgy pecan brownies are gluten free (with easy to find ingredients), simple and absolutely scrumptious!
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.
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!
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!
Gluten-Free Fudgy Pecan 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.
Yay! brownies! :D And it`s gluten! This give me another reason to try out gluten brownies. LOL
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!
When you say to die for, I believe you! These look like chocolate heaven :D
wowwwzaa!!! fudgy brownies that are gluten free…these just have to be made!!! :)
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.
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 :)
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!
I have a friend who has been looking for a good GF brownie recipe. I’m pointing her your direction! She’ll love these!
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!
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 :)
Great recipe! This is one for my file as I am always interested in gluten-free chocolate recipes. The brownies are beautiful.
They look amazing!!!
These look amazing and I love that they are GF! Will pass on to a friend who is always looking for GF recipes :).
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 ;)
These not only look amazing but simple too! I would love to give these a try. PS: I am with you on Everyday Food!
Can’t believe these are gluten free! They look incredible!
I have always wanted to try making gluten free brownies. This looks like a perfect recipe!
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. :-)
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!
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!
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!
Soft and fudgy and gluten free! What else could you want in a brownie, love it.
These …… looooooook …… amazing!!!!
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!
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 :-)
I haven’t had a brownie in forever! These do look to die for! Hope you have been well…
These look amazing! I’ve never tried gluten-free baking before!
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!
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!
Seriously scrumptious looking brownies!
I love how dense and fudgy these brownies look, also chewy, and the addition of pecans is very nice too!
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!
Oh, yum! Judging from the photos, I bet these taste amazing! :)
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!
These look absolutely delicious–I was in brownie frame of mind, too, and posted some yesterday.
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!
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.
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!
Nothing better than fudgy brownies…and I do have all these ingredients in my kitchen and pantry! Score…
oh goodness…these look ah-ma-zing! Saving this recipe for a rainy, sweet craving day!
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.
Oh dear, these look so good!
Cornstarch instead of flour eh? That’s very interesting! Is that what makes them so fudgy?
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!
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!
Georgia these brownies are gorgeous! They look so fudgy and rich! I can’t wait to hear more about your trip! xoxo
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.