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.