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I have a few favorite Christmas cookies — Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blossoms and these Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. Okay, maybe I have more than a few, as evident of the 16 Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie recipes that I’ve shared over the years. :)
I do quite a bit of testing each holiday season to make gluten-free versions of some of the classics, trying to nail the recipes that would fool any gluten-full eater as well. And now I’ve got my Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle and Red Velvet Crinkle Cookie recipes.
Robustly chocolate, the richest flavor that’s more reminiscent of a truffle than a cookie ….. with a slightly crisp edge and plush, fudgy middle. Crackles break through each snowy, powdered sugar bite with a hint of cool mint that is so commonly associated with the holidays.
These gluten-free crinkle cookies are made with teff flour, which I’ve fallen madly in love with (my favorite brownie recipe uses it too). It’s a gluten-free baking dream, with a sweet and nutty flavor, and consistency that turns a bit sticky when it hits moisture, therefore not needing any gums to bind.
There are two doses of chocolate, mostly melted dark and dutch-processed cocoa to add richness. And the real trick to making them super soft and fudgy is a few tablespoons of cashew or sunflower seed butter.
And last note: be liberal with the powdered sugar coating. I tested this several times, and that’s how you get it to really stick and crackle. If it’s too light, it melts right into the cookie.
The hand illustrated, modern recipe cards and wooden box, along with towels you see in this post are from 1canoe2, a favorite midwest partner of mine. Clean and classy, they’d be the perfect holiday gift for someone who loves to cook, or loves their kitchen. And they inspired me.
You see, I’ve been wanting to bring back the tradition of exchanging recipe cards with friends and families, as I cherish the ones I have from my grandmother so much (as well as a very old recipe box I recently found at a thrift shop, full of hundreds of vintage recipes). Although we have access to so much food content online, there’s something about handwriting that lets more than just a recipe live on. So I’ve decided I’m sending these as holiday cards this year to those closest to me, in hopes that it will do just that. Handwriting, words, food stains, and scribbles write their own memories.
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Do you think buckwheat flour could substitute for teff? I can’t get teff flour near me and don’t have time to order online. Thanks!
yes, i think buckwheat flour would work great!
I can’t wait to try these! I’ve never made (maybe never had?!?) chocolate crinkle cookies, but love chocolate and mint combo. Peanut butter blossoms are one of my mom’s holiday cookie go to recipes also!
will the recipe works if i dont use powdered sugar at the end? and sub.ing teff with all purpose? i dont have access to teff in my area :(
Hi Helen! You could use all-purpose, and yes, they will be fine without the powdered sugar, just not as pretty.
I LOVE peanut butter blossoms and chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies as well! I cannot wait to make this recipe and use a vegan egg and coconut oil instead of the egg and butter!
Hi Cassie! Unfortunately this recipe doesn’t work with vegan eggs. They have a different chemical reaction with the other ingredients that are key to success. You can maybe google search vegan crinkles though and find something! xo
So, the world did not end and they are wonderfully delicious! Thank you, Amanda!
oh gosh, i updated it, sorry! i’m so glad it worked out and you like them. happy cookie baking! xo
These look so good!! My family doesn’t make either of the cookies you mentioned for the holidays, but one of my mom’s absolute favorites is the “peanut butter temptations” (a pb cookie made in a mini muffin tin with a mini reese’s pb cup pushed into the center) << I could eat those bad boys all day long. I'm so glad you figured out a gluten free version of one of your favorites!
These look like the most perfectly moist and chewy chocolate peppermint cookies! I LOVE the addition of teff flour – I bet it adds just a hint of caramel flavor that enhances that gooey chocolate. I’m melting for these cookies!
Teff FTW. seriously. where has it been all my life? We should do a cookie exchange next year. :) xo
I love these photo so much, Amanda! Your two holiday classic cookies sound like definitely winners – I can most definitely see why these chocolate peppermint crinkles are a favorite. I haven’t even worked with teff flour, but now I’m wanting to get my hands on some!
Thank you Rachel! I still love watching them turn into crinkles as they bake. :) And I’d highly recommend teff flour! I can actually find it at my coop for $4.99 a pound too, which is so much cheaper than some gf flours. xo
You are completely rockin all of your photos lately, Amanda! I need lessons from you on how to get good action shots. :)I have a bag a teff flour sitting in my pantry right now and it’s still unopened- I’ve got to give it a try. What a great spin on classic crinkle cookies!
Ooo… between these cookies and the brownies i posted in October, I really think you should open that bag of teff! I pretty much use it in all gf baking now. And thank you for the comments about the action shots. Trying to work with a tripod can be interesting, lol! There were a few eggs used to get that one where I’m cracking it. Lol. xoxo
I saw these on insta and I was just like :O :O :O And now I’m just :O-ing at the gorgeous towel that’s hanging on your oven!
Hi Sarah! Those towels are favorites. I even considered framing that milk one, which i still might do. So classic yet fun. And cookie love to you!
Ok, I’m having a little chuck over the similarity of our first paragraphs today! These cookies looks delicious – I can totally imagine the fudgy-ness. Teff flour is so great. I used to use it a lot, but sort of forgot about it (typically problem with me it seems!). I need to pull that bag out of the back of my freezer and try these babies out. Love that cute kitchen towel! XOXO.
Yes, I see we both have cookies on the brain as of late! Nothing wrong with that. :) I’d love to know how you were using teff too. Such an intriguing ingredient. I’ve made porridge using it too and loved that. xo
IN Love with these little beauties. Aren’t they just the best cookies? I love that you added mint, I literally just made chocolate chip mint cookies and had to stop myself. The combo is my fave. Lovely, darling! XO