Thursday, December 9, 2010

Peppermint chocolate crinkles

These are a family favorite, but I've never made them peppermint before. They're really good! Next time, I might smash up some candy canes and toss them into the powdered sugar before rolling the cookies in them. YUM. I also didn't have any bakers chocolate so I used cocoa powder and vegetable oil, which worked out well. These are a little crunchy outside, and soft and brownie-like inside.

Peppermint chocolate crinkles
3/4 c cocoa powder
2/3 c vegetable oil
2 c sugar
3 eggs
2 t vanilla
1 t peppermint extract
2 c rice flour mix
1/2 t xanthan gum
1/4 t salt
1 1/4 t baking powder
confectioners sugar, for rolling

Combine the cocoa powder and the oil, stirring until combined, then microwave for a few seconds until smooth and melty looking. Add the sugar, eggs, vanilla and peppermint and stir well. Combine the flour mix, xanthan gum, salt and baking powder in a small bowl, then stir into the chocolate mixture. Chill in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. When you're ready to bake them, preheat the oven to 350. Roll into small balls and coat with confectioners sugar, then line up on your linked baking sheet. Leave some space between, but these won't spread that much when they bake so don't worry. Bake 10-12 minutes, until they hold their shape when you poke them gently. Makes a whole bunch, a few dozen.


  1. oh wow, these sound great! I bet they'd be great rolled in a combination of finely crushed candy canes & powdered sugar as well...something to think about! ;)

  2. Delicious-looking recipe!

  3. Lindsay11:08 AM

    Hi! I absolutely love your site! I've tried a good number of recipes you've posted... and they've all been great! You do such an awesome job cooking GF, and I like that you don't use such odd-ball flours. Anyway, I was wondering if it would work to freeze some of the cookie dough of the chocolate crinkles. I only want to make half a batch now... do you think it would be okay to freeze some of it for later? Not sure how or if that would affect the quality of the cookies. Any thoughts? Thanks!!


  4. Lindsay,
    Thanks! And I haven't done it, but I'm pretty sure you could freeze the rest of the dough, especially since the dough does best when its refrigerated longer. I would roll it into balls and freeze it that way. Let me know how they turn out!!

  5. Oh yum... I used to make something like this, but have been looking for a gf recipe for them for awhile. I just found your blog and am loving it. Thanks!

  6. Anonymous3:19 PM

    Thanks for sharing! I'm definitely going to make these for xmas as well as this peppermint biscotti!

  7. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Jill! It’s listed on my blog as one of the gluten-free treats that I’ve drooled over this Christmas season. I’ll be baking them soon! Hope your Christmas was merry!

  8. Anonymous11:25 AM

    Great looking pix! Great looking cookies! And I love the idea of adding the crushed peppermint sticks. Yum!!