Gluten Free Grain Free Black Forrest Cookies

Gluten Free Black Forest Cookies Recipe

It’s December, which, in our family, means it is time to start baking gluten free cookies. Lots and lots of gluten free cookies. After all, one never knows when there is going to be a need for cookies, does one? Especially during the holiday season.

These Gluten Free Black Forest Cookies are also grain and dairy free and are something between a macaroon and a brownie bite. They are chocolate cookies made with almond flour studded with even more chocolate, in the way of chocolate chips, and sweet maraschino cherries. Simple to make, simpler to eat.

They also happen to be a little addictive, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Gluten Free Black Forest Cookies

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Gluten Free Grain Free Black Forrest Cookies
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Gluten Free Black Forest Cookies Recipe

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time11 mins
Resting time5 mins
Total Time26 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 126kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 2 ¼ cups blanched almond flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ½ cup grapeseed or other neutral tasting oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar or coconut palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries patted dry and quartered


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Combine the almond flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk together. Whisk together the oil, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips and cherries.
  • Using a spoon or small (#60) ice cream scoop, spoon the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 11 minutes or until the cookies are firm. Let cool on the pans for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Black Forest Cookies Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 126 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 62mg3%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tags: Black Forest Cherries Chocolate Cookies Dairy Free Gluten-Free Maraschino Cherries Recipe
  1. Jeanne
    December 1, 2012

    I am soooo making these! Thank you.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 1, 2012


  2. Lola
    December 3, 2012

    maraschino cherries are full of chemicals and gross-for-you ingredients (well, most brands that I’ve seen). I’m planning on making these using dried cherries! They’ll be a great gluten free substitute for some wheat-y chocolate cherry cookies that made in years previous.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 3, 2012

      Tillen Farms makes natural maraschino cherries with no dyes or corn syrup but dried would work great too! Enjoy.

  3. Love your ingredient list, just have to find cherries with no food coloring!!! Definitely going to make these… pinning them right now :)

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 3, 2012

      Check out Tillen Farms, they make maraschino cherries without food dye and corn syrup.

  4. December 3, 2012

    LOVE this recipe, Carol. These look fabulous! You are so talented; happy holidays. xoxo Sending you hugs!!! xox

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 3, 2012

      Thank you Amie, happy holidays to you too! xoxo

  5. Lynne H
    December 3, 2012

    Here you go again with another yummy chocolate goodie. I made the Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake last night (with some added cocoa powder) and now these Black Forest Cookies are calling my name. I guess I’m blowing my Weight Watcher classes for the month of December. I may make these for the holiday trip to Stone Mt., GA too!!!!! Thank you Carol, XOXO, HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 6, 2012

      Oh Oh – well you will just have to ofset with a few days of lots of veggies! Life is about balance right? I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season filled with magic and just the right amount of chocolate :)

  6. Emily
    December 3, 2012

    These look fabulous! Could I make them with rice flour? I’ll be making them for guests with nut allergies…

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 6, 2012

      I am not sure about that. These are sort of a play on macarrons which uses either nut flour or coconut. How do you feel about coconut? You could grind up an equal amount of coconut flakes and use that instead. Just not sure they would hold together with rice flour but I could be wrong, it won’t be the first time :)

  7. Patti
    March 24, 2015

    Why do you have to use the grape seed oil? Can you use vegetable oil or canola oil?

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 25, 2015

      You can use any neutral tasting oil, those are fine.
      Grape seed oil is just a little bit of a healthier option.


  8. Sophie
    November 4, 2015

    Hi, I’m printing out the recipe and can’t wait to make them, but is there a difference substitute for the cherries?

    1. Gluten Free & More
      November 24, 2015

      You can use any kind of berry like like Sophie.

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