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gluten free chocolate crinkle cookies
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Gluten Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are the perfect classic holiday dessert that everyone will love including friends and family that are gluten free and dairy free!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Additional Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate crinkle cookies, Crinkle cookies, gluten free chocolate crinkle cookies, gluten free crinkle cookies, how to make crinkle cookies
Servings: 20 -24 Cookies



  • ½ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup White Granulated Sugar
  • 1.5 cup Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • ½ Cup Chocolate Chips


  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Coconut Oil melted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


  • cup White Granulated Sugar
  • cup Powdered or Confectioners Sugar


  • Whisk together melted (not hot) coconut oil with eggs in a small bowl along with vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk or sift together unsweetened cocoa powder, granulated white sugar, gluten free flour, baking powder and salt. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Mix together wet and dry ingredients until fully combined. This can be done using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer. 
  • Dough should resemble a thick brownie batter.  Using your hands, roll dough into 2 inch balls or one inch balls depending on what size cookie you would like. Place them in the fridge to firm up for 1-2 hours. This step will help keep the cookies from spreading too much while they are baking.
  • Once the cookie dough balls are chilled, remove from fridge, preheat the oven to 350 and roll in additional granulated sugar and again in powdered sugar. (see notes on why to roll in granulated sugar first)
  • Place on parchment lined baking sheet 2-3 inches apart and bake for 15 minutes at 350. If cookies have not flattened, use the bottom of a cup or mason jar to gently push down the cookie balls into flat cookies.  Gluten free flour acts different than regular flour and so this step may be needed! 
  • Let the cookies cool completely before serving.  They will be very soft at first but will harden as they cool.


Cookie Flavor Variations:

  • Add 1 tsp of dark espresso grounds for deep flavored mocha crinkle cookies. 
  • Add a pinch of ground cayenne pepper to the mix for a slight spicy Mexican chocolate kick.
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon for a warming flavor
  • Change up the chocolate chips and use peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips or even butterscotch chips. 

Reader Questions & Recipe Tips:

The cookie dough is supposed to be thick and will resemble thick brownie batter. 
Will harden as they cool. 
Can I freeze gluten free chocolate crinkle cookie dough? They can be frozen in  an airtight container and will stay fresh for up to 3 months. When you're ready to use, put the dough in the fridge to thaw overnight and they are ready to bake the next day. You can also freeze them AFTER baking if they are sealed in an airtight container. 
Can I make crinkle cookies from brownie mix or cake mix? Although I think these cookies taste best from scratch, they can be made using boxed brownie mix or boxed chocolate cake mix