Gluten Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a gluten free version of a popular Christmas cookie.
Once thing I love about the holidays/Christmas time, is cookie baking. I actually call it “cookie baking” season. I usually don’t start baking until December 1st, I am one of those people that believes each holiday happenings should take place in the month its supposed to. Like right now I am so bothered by the fact that I have been seeing Easter decorations up in a local craft store already!! Like, really?!? Can we have Christmas first? I haven’t finished buying gifts, wrapping what I have bought and most importantly, I haven’t finished baking all my cookies yet! This makes me start to panic just slightly.
I think part of the reason I am not done baking cookies is the fact that there are WAY too many to choose from to make each year and, although I have my “usuals” I like to make a few new kinds each year too. I actually started early, against my holiday in its own month rules because we traveled for Thanksgiving and I had a feeling that Christmas cookie recipe posts were going to be everywhere the day after Thanksgiving so I was trying to be ahead of the game. I made the cookies, buuutttttt hadn’t blogged them yet. Why is December like the busiest month ever??
So I have a list of cookies I make every year and my list of cookies I want to try, and that list keep growing as I keep seeing more and more of the blogs I read post amazing cookie recipes, I had to narrow it down to 2 new kinds. This is the first new kind, for me at least. I have always wanted to make crinkle cookies and I was debating whether to make regular chocolate or chocolate peppermint ones. I asked my trusty baking assistant (my 4 year old) what she thought and she was all for all chocolate. She’s a chocoholic. Plus she wanted to help make them. Because she knows her reward for helping me is a freshly baked cookie. I would totally work for cookies too. I think I do actually.
These cookies are really cool. Roll the dough in powdered sugar and watch the crinkles happen as it bakes. I had never eaten one of these before let alone baked so I really had no idea what to expect. They are almost brownie like. So good! And I was kind of taking a risk with these by making them gluten free. First I am making a cookie I had never made before aaannndddd I adapt it to be gluten free. I like to live on the edge I tell ya. The cookie baking edge…
I had my husband try one
three of these when he got home and I asked him what he thought. He loved them and was totally surprised when I told him I made them gluten free. He said that he couldn’t tell that they were. To me that’s recipe success, since apparently the goal of gluten free is to make it seem like its chock full of gluten.
These can easily be made non-gluten free, just omit the xanthan gum and replace the starches and flours with all purpose flour. Just combine the cup amounts not the weights since the gluten free ingredients all have different weights.
You can also add in peppermint extract and candy cane pieces to make them peppermint.
I slightly underbaked them to keep them more chewy and brownie like
These can easily be made non-gluten free, just omit the xanthan gum and replace the starches and flours with all purpose flour. Just combine the cup amounts not the weights since the gluten free ingredients all have different weights. You can also add in peppermint extract and candy cane pieces to make them peppermint. I slightly underbaked them to keep them more chewy and brownie like
I may or may not have been chewing that bite as I took this picture.