Flourless fudge brownie cookies

Rich, indulgent, fudgy chocolate brownie cookies made naturally gluten-free. Studded with nuts and chocolate chips, they’re a fabulous Pesach treat.

Do you have Pesach recipes that come back year after year? This is one of mine! 

I first made these a few years ago. I was looking for a cookie recipe that didn’t need any matza meal or potato flour, and came across the technique for making these intensely chocolatey cookies using only cocoa. They were an instant hit!

brownie cookies.

No nuts!

Although I like to add some chopped pecans or walnuts to these fudgy brownie cookies, you can definitely leave them out if you need a nut-free treat for Pesach. Just add a few more chocolate chips for some extra indulgence and you’re all set. You could also substitute raisins, dried cranberries, or anything else that you’d like to stumble across in a chocolate brownie cookie!

brownie cookies.

Dairy, or dairy-free

These brownie cookies are incredible made with butter. But they’re probably 97% as good if made with margarine, which of course renders them dairy-free and parve. A wonderful make-ahead Pesach dessert when served with some fruit or a scoop of ice-cream. Yum!

brownie cookies

No special equipment

The other great thing about these brownie cookies is that you can make them easily using only a bowl and a spoon. No electric whisk, stand mixer, blender, or other fancy equipment required. Which is great if you’re working with a pared down kitchen for Passover. 

Too chocolatey?!

I should probably say that these brownie cookies did receive some criticism. DH thought they were “too chocolatey”. Seriously?! Is it possible for something to be too chocolatey? I’m not worrying about it.

I’ll be making these this year, and they’ll be back again next year too!

Rich, indulgent, fudgy chocolate brownie cookies made naturally gluten-free. Studded with nuts and chocolate chips, they're a fabulous Pesach treat.

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Chocolate brownie cookies

Course Cookie, Dessert
Cuisine Vegetarian
Keyword chocolate, nuts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12
Author Helen


  • 125 g margarine or butter (½ cup)
  • 85 g brown sugar (½ cup)
  • 25 g white sugar (⅓ cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 115 g cocoa powder (1 cup)
  • 75 g chocolate chips (½ cup)
  • 50 g chopped pecans (optional - see notes) (½ cup)
  • 12 whole pecans to decorate (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Line a baking sheet with parchment or a nonstick liner.
  • Cream the margarine (or butter) with the brown and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  • Add the bicarbonate of soda, salt, and cocoa powder and mix to combine, then mix in the chocolate chips & chopped pecans if using.
  • Dollop spoonfuls onto the lined tray, decorate with pecans if using, and bake at 180°C (350°F) for 10 mins. Allow to cool on the tray before serving.


To make the cookies nut free, omit the chopped pecans and add more chocolate chips, raisins, or other dried fruit instead.  

If you’re after more delicious Pesach treats, how about these fabulous flourless chocolate chip cookies, or this delicious Duke of Cambridge matza cake.

brownie cookies.


  1. Can you use baking soda for Passover? I think not.

    • Hi Natalie. I have Gefen baking soda and baking powder, both with a KLP hechsher, and I think other brands are also available. Check your local kosher shops or online and you will be able to find it. All the best, Helen.

  2. Can one use oil instead of margarine or butter?

    • Hi Miriam. I haven’t tried the recipe with oil so I can’t say for certain if it would work. I imagine the dough would be softer so you might need to chill it for a while to firm up before scooping and baking. If you try it, please do come back and let us know how they turned out! Have a great Pesach, Helen x.

  3. These cookies look delightful and I love that they do not contain flour! The children loved them and made me promise to make a double batch when I make them again!

  4. Love this recipe! It was so easy and delicious! Will definitely be making it again!

  5. So perfect that these easily adapt to different dietary needs. I’m always up for a fudgy cookie!

  6. Thanks for sharing these brownie cookies recipe. So rich and Fudgy. Can’t wait to try

  7. These were even tastier than they looked, and they looked delicious! Really easy to make using ingredients I already had in the pantry. Thanks for sharing!

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