Gluten-Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – These gorgeous gluten-free crinkle cookies are ultra-fudgy and absolutely delicious! Perfect for the holidays or your next chocolate craving. (Gluten-Free & Dairy Free)
Do you have a favorite childhood cookie?
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are Michael’s favorite. He grew up eating his mom’s (so good!), and they’re one of those recipes that make it really seem like the holidays for him. (My holiday childhood faves = my mom’s dipped ginger cookies and sweet sticky Chex mix!)
Every holiday season, we like to re-work one or two recipes from our pre-gluten free days so we can add them to our holiday traditions, and this year we perfected these gluten-free chocolate crinkle cookies. If you’ve never had them before, chocolate crinkles are fudgy, brownie-like chocolate cookies rolled in powdered sugar and baked. When the cookies spread in the oven, they create this gorgeous “crackle” effect on the tops that not only looks impressive on a cookie plate or dessert tray but tastes amazing too.
These gluten-free chocolate crinkle cookies are based on our original recipe and have all the same soft, chocolatey goodness of the original. They’re a perfect addition to your holiday (or a great way to satisfy your next chocolate craving!). Here’s how easy they are to make…
Ingredients For Gluten-Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies:
Gluten-free chocolate crinkle cookies only take 9 ingredients, and they’re all simple and straightforward. (Isn’t that just the best?!). Ours are made from…
- GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR. These gluten-free chocolate crinkle cookies are based on our original recipe. I LOVE that they’re easily converted to gluten-free cookies thanks to a 1:1 gluten-free baking flour. Our favorites are this one and this one.
- UNSWEETENED COCOA POWDER. The ultra chocolatey-brownie flavor comes from plenty of unsweetened cocoa powder. You can use regular or dark cocoa powder (sometimes sold as Dutch-processed or alkalized cocoa powder). You can also mix them!
- SUGAR. I almost always use unrefined sweeteners in my dessert recipes, but sometimes a special occasion calls for the white stuff! I like this organic cane sugar.
- AVOCADO OIL. I use a neutral oil, like avocado oil, as the fat for these cookies. You get that decadent brownie texture without any added flavor (like you get from olive or coconut oils). You can substitute another neutral-tasting oil, if you prefer.
- EGGS + VANILLA. We round out the wet ingredients with eggs and vanilla. I love that the eggs give them a deeply fudgy texture and just enough puff, while the vanilla really plays up the chocolate. (See the next section for other fun flavor twists you can try!)
- BAKING POWDER + SALT. lastly, the baking powder helps the cookies rise, while the salt keeps these from being too sweet.
- POWDERED SUGAR. What makes these gluten-free chocolate crinkle cookies extra special is the powdered sugar “crackle” effect they get when baked. You’ll roll the chocolate cookie dough balls in a bit of powdered sugar and during the baking, they’ll spread and create that pretty crinkle effect you’re looking for.
A Few Notes On The Powdered Sugar:
You won’t use all of the powdered sugar for these gluten-free crinkle cookies. It’s just MUCH easier to roll them if you have plenty of powdered sugar in the bowl.
Additionally, I recommend fluffing the sugar with a fork every few cookies, since it can become compact when you roll the dough in the sugar. You want a really good coating in order to get that lovely crackled, crinkled effect when the cookies bake.
Add A Yummy Flavor Twist! Try One Of These Spins On Gluten-Free Crinkle Cookies:
For a change of pace, you can add a little extra flavor to these chocolate crinkle cookies. It’s a great way to add a special little twist.
- PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE CRINKLE COOKIES. Add 1 tsp. peppermint extract (depending on how strong you like it!) along with the vanilla. It gives major candy cane/hot chocolate vibes that are PERFECT for the holidays.
- AMARETTO CHOCOLATE CRINKLE COOKIES. Add 1/2-1 tsp. almond extract along with the vanilla. We LOVE almond with chocolate, and this amaretto twist is really something special.
- OTHER OPTIONS. You could also play with orange zest or extract (start small!) for a chocolate-orange effect. Really, just think of anything that plays nice with chocolate! You could also add some chocolate chips for a non-traditional but delightful twist.
FAQ + Tips And Tricks For The Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies:
DON’T SKIP THIS IMPORTANT STEP! The chilling time might seem excessive but do. not. skip. this. step. Chilling the dough will help develop the flavor and texture, but it will also help your powdered sugar coating to really stand out. If you roll the dough when it’s not chilled, the powdered sugar will look more faded and absorb a bit into the cookies. They also won’t puff and spread the same way.
IF YOU’RE IN A RUSH… If you’re in a rush, you *can* roll the cookie dough into balls, place them on a plate or cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat and pop them in the freezer for 30-40 minutes, or till they’re firm.
HOW TO GET THE PERFECT BAKE. One REALLY important tip is to pull these out of the oven *before* they seem done. The centers should still look a little wet/gooey, while the edges are just set. That way, as they cool on the pan, the residual heat will set the centers and you’ll still have the soft, brownie-like texture you’re looking for.
I’M NOT GLUTEN-FREE. CAN I MAKE THESE WITH REGULAR FLOUR? Yes! I recommend baking a test batch with just 1-2 cookies to see how they spread (everyone’s oven is different). If your cookies spread more than you’d like, just add a few tablespoons (1-2 more flour) and try again.
CAN I USE ALMOND FLOUR OR COCONUT FLOUR INSTEAD? No. Not for this recipe. You’d need to adjust the amounts of other ingredients and liquids to get the ratios right. Almond flour will make them too moist & fall apart, while coconut flour will turn them into a dry, crumbly mess. This gluten-free crinkle cookies recipe works best with a gluten-free measure-for-measure flour with xanthan gum.
What’s The Best Way To Freeze Chocolate Crinkle Cookies?
Since they have a rather delicate appearance, you’ll want to handle them carefully. I recommmend freezing the gluten-free chocolate crinkle cookies in a single layer when possible. If you do need to stack them, separate each layer with parchment paper or waxed paper to prevent them from sticking together and to help preserve their pretty appearance.
A freezer-safe box or container can work better than a bag, since the cookies will get bumped and jostled less.
Once frozen, chocolate crinkle cookies will keep in the freezer about 6 weeks. (But I can never make mine last that long–they’re too yummy!)
When you’re ready to eat them, just thaw the cookies at room temperature or transfer to the refrigerator.
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