Fudgy, decadent and gooey, these gluten-free brownies are loaded with crunchy pecans and chocolate chips.

This recipe makes a delicious 9×13 pan of brownies with a little extra crunch. Be sure to check out my BEST gluten-free brownie recipe for another gluten-free treat.

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Is there anything better than a freshly baked brownie? They’re chewy, gooey and perfect for bake sales, potlucks, or family dessert nights.

These gluten-free pecan brownies are full of pecans and chocolate chips for the ultimate brownie experience. With shiny tops and a fudgy interiors these brownies are hard to resist!

For more favorite gluten-free chocolate recipes check out this gluten-free blondies, gluten-free chocolate cake, gluten-free German chocolate cake, gluten-free chocolate mousse cake and flourless chocolate cookies.

Ingredients You’ll Need

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These gluten-free brownies are made with easy-to-find pantry staples. I almost always have everything on hand to make them. Here are a few notes on the key ingredients:

  • Cocoa Powder: You can use either Dutch-process or natural cocoa powder. The Dutch-process cocoa lends a richer, darker chocolate flavor, whereas the unsweetened, natural cocoa powder gives that classic, well-known brownie taste. Both are delicious!
  • Gluten-Free 1:1 Baking Flour: I like to use a high quality gluten-free measure-for-measure flour blend like King Arthur Flour in my baked goods. It works best to use a blend that contains xanthan gum in this recipe.
  • Chocolate Chips: The chocolate chips are a must in this recipe! Not only do they make the brownies extra decadent, they are the secret ingredient to getting shiny-topped brownies. My favorite brand is Guittard. I usually use semi-sweet but milk chocolate is also delicious!
  • Pecans: These are optional. I also love making these gluten-free brownies with walnuts.

Tip: It might seem unlikely, but adding chocolate chips to gluten-free brownies is one of the keys to getting shiny, crackly topped brownies.

How to Make Them

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  • In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, melted butter and hot water. Whisk to combine. (Adding hot liquid to the sugar will dissolve some of the sugar, which will help produce a shiny top crust on your brownies.)
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the cocoa powder, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla, baking soda and salt. With an electric mixer, mix for 1 minute, or until smooth.
  • Add the sugar mixture and mix on low for another 30 seconds to 1 minute until smooth and combined.
  • With a rubber spatula, fold in the flour until no dry streaks appear.
brownie batter in mixing bowl and spread into metal baking dish
  • Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans.
  • Pour the batter into a 9×13 baking pan (preferably a high-quality metal pan). Bake for 35-40 minutes until set. Let cool before slicing. Enjoy!
baked brownies cooling in pan

Tips for Success

  • Use a metal baking pan if possible. I find it helps conduct heat better when making gluten-free brownies and baked goods. I also like using this metal 9×13 pan to make this gluten-free chocolate cake. If all you have is a glass 9×13 pan that’s fine! It will work as well.
  • Dissolve the sugar. Adding warm butter and hot water to the sugar allows it to dissolve slightly. This contributes to a good gluten-free brownie texture.
  • Whip the eggs with the cocoa powder. Whipping the eggs just slightly (only a minute or so) gives the brownie tops a merinuge-like affect. During baking the whipped eggs will cause the brownie tops to puff up then delfate for a crackly topping.
  • Use a high-quality gluten-free flour blend. A gluten-free flour blend that contains xanthan gum is really important for the structure of these brownies.
  • Add chocolate chips. These help the brownies achieve a shiny top. They also add texture and double chocolate flavor!
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Storage

These brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

More Gluten-Free Baking Recipes

I hope you like these brownies as much as we do! If you try this recipe be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you!

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5 from 2 votes

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Pecan Brownies

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 12 servings
Fudgy, decadent and gooey, these gluten-free brownies are loaded with crunchy pecans and chocolate chips.
This recipe makes a delicious 9×13 pan of brownies with a little extra crunch. Be sure to check out my BEST gluten-free brownie recipe for another gluten-free treat.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • cup melted butter
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons gluten-free 1:1 baking flour
  • 1 ½ cups chocolate chips I like Guittard semi-sweet (milk chocolate is also delicious)
  • ½ cup chopped pecans optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly spray a 9×13 baking pan (preferably a high-quality metal pan) with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, melted butter and hot water. Whisk to combine. (Adding hot liquid to the sugar will dissolve some of the sugar, which will help produce a shiny top crust on your brownies.)
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the cocoa powder, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla, baking soda and salt. With an electric mixer, mix for 1 minute, or until smooth.
  • Add the sugar mixture and mix on low for another 30 seconds to 1 minute until smooth and combined. With a rubber spatula, fold in the flour until no dry streaks appear. Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans. Adding the chips helps produce a shiny top crust.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes until set. Let cool before slicing. Enjoy!

Notes

Ingredient Notes
  • Cocoa Powder: You can use either Dutch-process or natural cocoa powder. The Dutch-process cocoa lends a richer, darker chocolate flavor, whereas the unsweetened, natural cocoa powder gives that classic, well-known brownie taste. Both are delicious!
  • Gluten-Free 1:1 Baking Flour: I like to use a high quality gluten-free measure-for-measure flour blend like King Arthur Flour in my baked goods. It works best to use a blend that contains xanthan gum in this recipe.
  • Chocolate Chips: The chocolate chips are a must in this recipe! Not only do they make the brownies extra decadent, they are the secret ingredient to getting shiny-topped brownies. My favorite brand is Guittard. I usually use semi-sweet but milk chocolate is also delicious!
  • Pecans: These are optional. I also love making these gluten-free brownies with walnuts.

Nutrition

Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 408IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is truly a winner! I’ve had problems with brownies in the past not being able to cut them but not this recipe! It was perfect BUT it was VERY rich so a small piece was enough to satisfy my sweet craving for brownies! I’m sharing it with our senior luncheon in a few days (I’ll freeze it til then) and can hardly wait to see how they all enjoy it. THANKS for this perfect recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    My family and our non GF friends loves this brownie recipe! Do you think it’s possible to make these into brownie bites using a mini muffin pan?
    Thank you!

  3. Ahhhhh! Now I understand! It’s the Gluten-free Brownie vs the Gluten-free Double Chocolate Pecan Brownie! The latter has the hot water-melted-butter-sugar thing and only 2 eggs! THAT’S my husband’s favorite!

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