Chocolate crinkle cookies #25recipestoXmas


Not that I need an excuse, but when the Holiday season is just around the corner cookies must be baked. Cookie swaps are scheduled, pretty paper boxes are waiting to be filled and given to friends and neighbors or even mailed to far-away family. As you probably know I bake cookies year round, but there’s something about the Christmas cookies, especially chocolate cookies.

One of my favorite Christmas cookie is the chocolate crinkle. I don’t know exactly where the names comes from, maybe from the “cracked” top.

Anyhow, these cookies are a sample in our family for the Holidays. They are soft, melt-in-your-mouth cake-like chocolate cookies rolled in powder sugar just before baking.

While baking the cookie rises and the sugar coat cracks revealing the chocolate goodness.


This year was the first time I made them gluten-free. At first I thought of making them using all-purpose gluten-free flour but I changed my mind and challenged myself to create a recipe using other gluten-free flours found in the gluten free baking bundle I received from Bob’s Red Mill: white rice flour, sweet sorghum flour and potato starch and since the bundle doesn’t have Xanthan gum I wanted to create a cookie recipe without it. I knew I had to pick a starch to help me with the cookie dough and that’s where potato starch came in handy.

Xanthan gum, in case you don’t know, is the “gluten” in gluten-free baking, so to speak. Xanthan gum helps the dough or the batter stick together. It acts like a glue to the rest of the ingredients. Don’t be scared by the high price, it goes a very long time, since usually a recipe calls for 1/2 to 1 tsp of xanthan gum.

Beside white rice flour, sweet sorghum flour and potato starch I used ingredients you most likely have in your pantry: unsweetened cocoa power, sugar, grapeseed oil (vegetable oil can be used instead), eggs and baking powder.

The first attempt turned out too starchy. The second time I halved the potato starch quantity and added more sorghum flour and they turned out a little dried than I liked them. The third time I lowered both the amount of potato starch and sorghum flour but added a little more cocoa powder and rice flour. They turned out perfect! I think they are better than the wheat version I used to make25-Recipes-to-Christmas-roxanashomebaking

Chocolate crinkle gluten-free cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 19 minutes

40 minutes

Yield: 40 cookies

Chocolate crinkle gluten-free cookies

Chocolate crinkle soft, melt-in-your-mouth cake like cookie made with a mixture of gluten free flours. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. They make an wonderful holiday gift.


  • 3/4 cup (144 grams) potato starch
  • 1 cup (128 grams) sorghum flour
  • 1 cup (80 grams) rice flour
  • 1 cup (80 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (300 grams) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) grapeseed oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup (120 grams) powder sugar (for coating)


  1. Heat the oven to 350F. Line two baking cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl add all the dry ingredients (minus the powder sugar) and mix for few seconds until combined.
  3. In a small bowl lightly beat the eggs and mix them with the grapeseed oil. Slowly pour the oil-egg mixture into the dry flour mixture. The flours will seems to fall apart, having a grainy texture. Increase the speed and keep mixing for 1-2 minutes until the dough comes clean from the sides of the bowl and wraps around the paddle attachment.
  4. Take the cookie dough out and form 40 small cookie balls. Roll each cookie in the powder sugar and place it on the cookie sheet.
  5. Bake the cookie for 18-19 minutes. Leave to cool slightly on the cookie sheets before removing.
  6. Cookies can be stored in an air-tight container for few days or even placed in the freezer for a longer life (if they last that long).






Would you like to make your own chocolate crinkle cookies using Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flours? I knew you’d say yes, that’s why Bob’s Red Mill is offering one gluten-free baking bundle to one lucky reader.



The baking bundle contains one package each:


  • Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour 44-oz,
  •  Brown Rice Flour 24-oz,
  • White Rice Flour 24-oz,
  • Potato Starch 24-oz,
  • Tapioca Flour 20-oz
  • Sorghum Flour 22-oz.


To enter the giveaway simple leave a comment telling me which is your favorite Christmas cookie.

The giveaway is opened until December 5th at 11.59 pm. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply or another winner will be selected.

Due to shipping cost the giveaway is opened only to Continental US and Canada residents. Sorry international friends

* I received a Bob’s Red Mill Baking bundle to use in my recipe. Another one will be sent to the winner. I was not compensated for this post, opinions being all mine.

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  1. Winston says

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  2. says

    Wow, Roxana. I’d have never guessed that those were gluten-free if you hadn’t told me. They look amazing. Bravo! My mom makes a European cookie with home made puff pastry rolled in sugar that I absolutely adore. I can only get them when I head north, which I won’t be doing this year, so I’ll just have to enjoy the memory this Christmas. But, the memory brings warm fuzzies too, so it’s all good.

  3. says

    I LOVE crinkle cookies! And you made them GF? SuperWoman! My fave Christmas Cookies… um… this one is tough… I will have to go with a Macedonian/Balkan Cookie called Bajadera… love ’em! :)

  4. says

    Those cookies look so striking. They would make excellent Christmas gifts. It’s really useful having a few gluten free recipes up ones sleeve too and this flour looks really interesting.

  5. says

    Such rich looking cookies Roxana. I have these on my list to make one of these days. My favorite cookie is sugar. I would love to win the gluten free pack. I’ve never baked gluten free and I have a friend that is on a gluten restricted diet. I’d love to make something gluten free for him.

  6. Norma says

    My favorite Christmas cookie is decorated sugar cookies. They’re so cute and colorful and seem to fit any holiday, no matter which one it is, but especially Christmas.

  7. Debbie says

    Hi Roxana, these biscuits look fantastic and so perfect! If you weren’t overly concerned about making them gluten free and were happy just to make them with normal flour, what flour would you use and what would the quantities be?Thank you for your lovely post!

  8. says

    Hi, Roxana! Chocolate crinkles are a childhood favorite! I remember someone else making this recently, and as I told them as well, I used to buy these cookies at the end of my school day as a treat! I have good memories of these cookies because it reminds me that school’s done for the day (and I get a treat). But now, I think I will attempt to make this.

    Is the giveaway open to Canadians? If not, just take my entries out, If yes, then YAY! I use BRM products for my gluten-free baking – and nothing else. This is the only brand I trust and like!

  9. says

    I appreciate all the testing you’re doing on the GF flour because I’ve been meaning to bake with them more. I don’t have your patience, though, so I will absorb as much info as I can from you. These cookies look perfect.

    I follow you and everyone everywhere. :)

  10. says

    Snicker doodles all the way! And this is awesome! The husband and I have been wanting to try going gluten free (he loves bread and carbs but he feels he might have a slight gluten allergy) but we do not know where to start.

  11. says

    Mmm, I LOVED chocolate crinkles as a kid… I need to make the gluten free version for my mom, I know she would love them!

    my favorite holiday cookie now? hmm… probably shortbread cut out cookies… I love cut out cookies.

  12. Yvette G says

    my fave Christmas cookie has always been making candy cane cookies and also Mexican wedding cookies. being half hispanic those cookies are a must at holiday get together s.

  13. Michelle Bowers says

    My Favorite Christmas Cookies are Mexican wedding cookies. I have to hide them from myself or I will eat the whole batch right away

  14. says

    My favorite Christmas cookies are butternut snowballs. I definitely need to try making them gluten free. I will miss them now that there is no wheat at my house!

  15. says

    I love how you explore baking with different flours. I need to be a little more adventurous. This giveaway package is wonderful for those that are GF or would like to try some new flours. LOVE your crinkle cookies-puts me in mood to bake some cookies:)

  16. Cathy says

    The Chocolate Crinkle gluten free cookie is my new favorite for Christmas! DELISH! I am newly gluten free and appreciate your recipes so much.

  17. Susan says

    Love gingerbread for the holidays, so fun for the grandkids to help decorate, they love it, also love this site, especially love the gluten-free recipes (Father-in-law has celiac and am always looking for gluten-free recipes to make him as he has a real sweet tooth) Thanks!

  18. Athlete Food says

    You’ve inspired me to try gluten-free baking from scratch for the first time. Can’t wait to make these chocolate cookies.

  19. Alice says

    I absolutely love any cookie that I can put some Christmas sprinkles on! This year it might have to be a white chocolate sugar cookie with light pink frosting and snowflake sprinkles! :)

  20. Colleen D says

    My “Triple Chocolate, Triple Peanut Butter, Everything but the Kitchen Sink Cookies” are my favorite all time Cookie, especially at Christmas.

  21. Meagan H says

    Wow! Awesome. Found this looking for gluten free recipes – would love to win the flour! My favorite christmas cookies are Tringla. A Norwegian pastry cookie. So yummy! Can never find anything on the web about them though.. thanks!

  22. says

    Congrats on a very successful gluten free baking experience, the cookies look great! I find when creating my own GF mix, a good starting place is about 1/3 starch (by weight) and then I adjust from there.

  23. Dana says

    Hi, i was wondering if regular flour can be used for this ingredient, if there is a non gluten free recipie? This look so good and i want to make them for my sisters birthday next week but i cant afford to but new ingredients. We are in a budget.thanks in advance

    • says

      Hi Dana,
      I haven’t tried them with all purpose flour and I don’t know how they will turn out.
      I could try a version this weekend, but won’t be able to share the recipe until next week.


  24. says

    Hi Roxana! I just wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this amazing recipe in my post 102 Gluten Free Cookie Recipies. I’m also pinning it to my Gluten Free Cookie Madness Board. :)

    You are more than welcome to share this amazing resource with your readers or link to this post if you’d like! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Here’s the url: 102 Gluten Free Cookie Recipies

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