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Gluten-Free Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

Valentina K. Wein
These Gluten-Free Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies are the ultimate gluten-free holiday cookie! They're perfect to bring to parties, to have for an afternoon snack, and Santa will love them!
*Makes about 4 1/2 dozen cookies.
*Please note that only 1/2 hour of the prep time is active. (1 hour is refrigeration time.)
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 1 hr 38 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 26
Calories 184 kcal



  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the gluten-free flour, sifted cocoa powder, baking powder and xanthan gum. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter with the granulated sugar, vanilla and salt. Then add the eggs and stir until they're fully incorporated and the mixture is smooth.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix until you no longer see any dry spots.
  • Remove 1 tablespoon of the crushed candy canes and set aside for garnish. Fold the rest of them into the dough, with the semisweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips.
  • Shape the cookie dough into balls, about 1 1/2 tablespoons each. Roll them between your hands to make them smooth, placing them on the parchment-lined sheet pan as you go. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour, and up to a couple of days.
  • About 15 minutes before you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F, adjust a rack towards the center of the oven and line another sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Add the powdered sugar to a shallow bowl. Gently roll each ball of refrigerated dough through it -- placing them on the parchment-lined sheet pan as you go, with a couple inches between them. Sprinkle each one with a pinch of the tablespoon of crushed candy canes that were set aside.
  • Bake in the preheated 350°F oven just until they no longer look doughy, have flattened out by about 50% and are "crinkled," about 8 minutes. Let them cool on the baking sheet for at least 15 minutes.
  • Repeat until all of the cookies are baked.
Keywords holiday cookies, great for cookie exchange, cookies for a party, gluten-free Christmas cookie recipes
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