Gluten-Free Soft Chocolate Cookies

I was inspired to make these Gluten-Free Soft Chocolate Cookies after watching Harry Foster make brookies for Nigella Lawson. They are cookies with a brownie texture.

Gluten-Free Soft Chocolate Cookies
Gluten Free Soft Chocolate Cookies
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Given years of poor infrastructure maintenance and bad choices the Western Cape is in a dire situation with a lack of water. At the time of writing this post we have had very little rainfall, and even less snow. A local company has made the offer to install desalination plants at no cost to the local Government. Within three months our water problems could be at an end. But to date no decision has been taken which would see the start of these facilities being implemented. The water would be sold to the City of Cape Town and we in turn would be charged for our consumption. This would be a far better proposal as to what we have at present. We are on level 4B water restrictions which have all sorts of implications for households. Our water usage is restricted to 87 litres per person, per day.

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I am battling to find ways to come up with using less water. We absolutely refuse to not shower each day. I just cannot imagine waking up and not washing. So we have buckets placed all around when we shower. The fall off water is being used for cleaning and for flushing the loo. That is another thing I cannot just ignore. We are flushing less, but still doing so as I don’t want my drains to become blocked. We are using as much grey water as possible for the toilet but we still need fresh water for the laundry, to cook and to drink. I have been buying drinking water but that still has to come from somewhere. Do you have any great water saving tips to share? And for that, I will virtually share these yummy gluten-free soft chocolate cookies.

Gluten-Free Soft Chocolate Cookies

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Gluten-Free Soft Chocolate Cookies

These cookies have a soft interior and are packed full of chocolate
Recipe Category: Baking
Makes enough for: 20 cookies
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from Harry Foster


  • 350 g dark chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa, broken up into pieces
  • 45 g butter
  • 225 g fructose
  • 80 g cassava flour
  • 5 mls baking powder *
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 mls vanilla pureé
  • 25 g cacao nibs


  • Place the chocolate and butter into a glass bowl and melt in the microwave **
  • Stir to combine and set aside to cool
  • Place the fructose, flour, baking powder, eggs and vanilla purée into a stand mixer bowl
  • Mix by hand with a spatula to combine and then beat with the paddle attachment until pale
  • Add to the chocolate and mix until thoroughly combined
  • Place the bowl into the fridge for 30 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  • Using an ice cream scoop, dollop the dough onto 2 lined baking sheets, leaving space between them as they will spread
  • Flatten slightly and drop 1.25mls of cacao nibs onto each cookie, pressing in slightly
  • Bake for 25 minutes and remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes on the tray
  • Place onto a wire rack to cool completely
  • Store in an airtight container


* make sure it is gluten-free
** do this in 30 second increments to make sure you do not burn the chocolate
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14 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Soft Chocolate Cookies

  1. I’m with you. I couldn’t go without a shower every day. I’m sure there are other ways of saving water as you’ve mentioned that are easier on everyone around 🙂 I also made chocolate choc chip cookies hehe!

  2. 5 stars
    Such a challenging situation Tandy, we have been on water restrictions but never that severe. I can’t think of anything that you’re not already doing! These just look delicious!

  3. I’m sorry the drought is so bad. We were in a similar situation in 2008/09. Buckets in the shower, grey water for flushing etc. It’s a mental challenge to make sure you are making every drop count. We were alsways water conscious but are now incredibly so and still catch the water from out laundry tap in a bucket (which is often where wash our hands as it’s closer than the bathroom), to put on the garden. I also wash the fruit and veg in there for the same reason. It sound like you are doing the best you can. Have a brookie and a cup of tea to treat yourself!

    1. This is the second drought we have had here since 2001, but this one is terrible. The only good thing is that the habits will stick with us 🙂

  4. Oh dear, Tandy, this water situation is terrible in Cape Town. We are not even going to Cape Town on holiday at the moment due to the water restrictions.

  5. 5 stars
    Wow Tandy, I can’t imagine such a water shortage. Wish you the best and of course some rain. The cookies sound and look wonderful, I am a chocolate fiend;)

  6. Gosh, that’d test anyone a water shortage like that. Earlier this year after the Cyclone we lost all water for 6 days, luckily we knew we had to store some water “in case” all services were shut down, but by the 5th and 6th day we were pretty challenged let me tell you. We were washing our hair in quickly turning green pool water but thankfully there was no shortage of bucketing water to flush from the pool. Hope things get better soon my friend.

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