Hi, friends! Today I have made you some chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies! They’re gluten-free, rich and fudgy, just pepperminty enough, and filled with tiny pieces of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark. Let’s talk a bit about how I made them and then get on with the recipe.

If you are all about chocolate and peppermint, you may enjoy my chocolate peppermint brownie brittle or peppermint bark brownie recipes.

And if you dig chocolate but want to skip the mint, you may love this chocolate chocolate chip shortbread.

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A stack of chocolate crinkle cookies on a red plate.

What Makes These The Best?

I researched a lot of crinkle cookie recipes while developing this one.

I wasn’t concerned about the peppermint portion since all I needed for that was peppermint oil and my inspiration in the first place: the bars of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark I bought at the store the other day.

I think I’ve hit on the perfect formula, too. Here’s what’s so great about these:

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  • They contain zero wheat flour which not only keeps them gluten free, but also ensures deep, fudgy flavor
  • They have a combination of melted bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder for intense chocolate flavor that is not too sweet
  • They are nice and moist with no hint of dryness. So good
  • Almond flour yields a gluten-free cookie that has zero chalkiness or grittiness
  • Peppermint oil yields plenty of peppermint flavor without overpowering the chocolate
  • biting into little pockets of peppermint bark takes these cookies over the top, especially when served slightly warm
  • double-rolled in powdered sugar to ensure lovely contrast between the deep, chocolatey cracks and the white coating
A holiday tin, decorated with poinsettias  of gluten free chocolate cookies with 2 bars of peppermint bark.

How to Make These Guys

These cookies truly are easy to make. There is a process of course, but it’s all very straightforward.


Here’s a quick rundown on the ingredients you’ll need:

Collage of ingredients for making gluten free chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies.
  • eggs: provides structure while the fat in the yolks adds to the gooey factor
  • granulated sugar
  • peppermint oil: you don’t need much–measure it in drops, not teaspoons. You can use peppermint extract instead, but you will need more–maybe 1/2 teaspoon or so
  • kosher salt: counteracts any bitterness from the chocolate and cocoa powder and brings all the flavors into focus
  • bittersweet chocolate: adds flavor and fudginess
  • butter: carries flavor and is also a member of Team Fudgy. To make these dairy free, you can substitute vegetable oil
  • almond flour: provides bulk without gluten. Allows for a moist crumb and adds some richness
  • cocoa powder: intensifies and adds to the chocolate flavor
  • chopped peppermint bark: optional, but why leave it out? Biting into little pockets of chocolate peppermint goodness is a real treat! If you want, you could also substitute mini chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar: a double roll in powdered sugar gives the characteristic crinkle finish


And here’s an outline of the steps:

  1. Melt chocolate and butter and allow to cool
  2. Whisk together almond flour and cocoa powder
  3. Stir those two mixtures together evenly
  4. Whip eggs, sugar, peppermint oil and salt until billowy–you will want at least a hand mixer for this step if not a full-on stand mixer.
  5. Fold egg mixture into the chocolate mixture
  6. Chill dough: don’t skip this step. Chilling the dough makes it much easier to work with since the butter and melted chocolate have a chance to firm up
  7. Scoop, roll in powdered sugar, and bake

Tips and Tricks

As I said, these are pretty easy to make. Here are a couple of tips to make sure your cookies turn out as perfect as possible.

  1. When melting the chocolate, slow is the name of the game. If using the microwave, melt on medium power in 30 second bursts. If melting on the stove top, do so in a double boiler.
  2. Don’t skip the chilling time. It will make the dough easier to work with. The good news is that you only need to chill the dough for about 45 minutes.
  3. Use a cookie scoop to keep all your cookies a uniform size so they’ll bake at the same rate.
  4. When rolling the dough balls in powdered sugar, really pack it on to get the most contrast between the “crinkles” and the white surface of the cookies
A  pile of gluten-free Christmas cookies on a plate, surrounded by red Christmas ornaments.
Rolling the balls of dough in powdered sugar twice before baking makes the crackled effect really apparent. So pretty for Christmas or whenever you need a crinkle cookie in your life!

Q & A

How do I know when my cookies are done?

Since they’re chocolate cookies, you can’t go by browning. Look for your cookies to spread to about 2″ in diameter, be nice and crackled look moist in the cracks but not wet. Don’t overbake these guys so they don’t dry out, so err on the side of underbaking if you are worried. Follow the timing in the recipe, and you should be just fine as long as your oven thermostat is accurate.

Why are my crinkle cookies flat?

Probably because the dough was not firm enough when you baked it and they spread. Don’t skip the chilling time so your cookies hold their shape.

How do I store these at room temperature?

Store them in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Freeze for longer storage.

Can these be frozen?

Yes. You can freeze them in freezer bags, making sure to press out all the air possible before sealing. You can also wrap in plastic wrap and foil. Your cookies will be fine for a couple of months.

More Christmas Recipes

For a truly gorgeous Christmas cake, consider my vegan chocolate Christmas cake.

And a Yule Log is a traditional and stunning dessert. My version is gluten free with a cranberry-raspberry filling.

And I highly recommend Angel Slices, which are my favorite Christmas cookie in all the land. Note that these little bites of pecan-coconut goodness are not gluten free.

You may also enjoy these gluten-free Linzer cookies from my friend Sandi at Fearless Dining. Delicious, and also perfect for gifting!

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Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Jennifer Field
These chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies are rich and deeply chocolaty like truffles. Flavored with half a pound of dark chocolate and a tiny bit of peppermint oil, they are generously studded with Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark. I know they will be the gluten-free hit of your next cookie exchange!
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Chill Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 28 minutes
Course Cookies and Bars
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 120 kcal


  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (Use any good quality dark chocolate)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2.6 ounces Bob’s Red Mill (or similar) super fine almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons non-dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 2 bars (6 oz) chocolate peppermint candy, finely chopped (I used Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark)
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 2.4 ounces 1/4 cup plus one tablespoon sugar
  • 5 drops peppermint oil or 1/4-1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups sifted powdered sugar for coating


  • Using a double boiler or the microwave on medium power in 30 second bursts, melt the chocolate and butter together. Stir until smooth and set aside to cool slightly.
  • Whisk together the almond flour and cocoa powder.
  • Stir the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture until evenly combined.
  • Stir in the finely chopped chocolate.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip together the eggs, sugar, peppermint oil and salt until very light and fluffy and tripled in volume.
  • Whisk about 1/4 of the egg mixture together with the almond flour mixture.
  • Then gently but thoroughly fold in the rest of the eggs.
  • Cover and chill for 45 minutes.
  • While the dough is chilling, set a rack in the top and bottom thirds of your oven and preheat to 350F.
  • Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Sift the powdered sugar into a bowl.

To Shape the Cookies

  • Using a 1 1/2 Tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop a level portion of dough and drop it into the powdered sugar.
  • Toss it lightly in the powdered sugar and then roll the dough into a ball, and then place on the cookie sheet.
  • Continue shaping and placing dough. You should end up with 24 cookies, 12 on each sheet.
  • Coat each cookie a second time in the powdered sugar and place back on the sheets. (See Notes)
  • Bake for 7 minutes, then rotate the sheets and switch them from top to bottom rack for even baking.
  • Bake an additional 6-7 minutes. Cookies will spread to about 2 inches or so and be all crackly on top. The dough will look moist but not wet.
  • Remove to cool on the sheets for 2-3 minutes. Then place the cookies on racks to cool completely.

Did You Make Any Changes?


After the initial shaping and placing on cookie sheets, you can choose to refrigerate the cookies for 45 minutes before coating in powdered sugar a second time. Your cookies will spread less if you chill them. My photos are of cookies I baked right after shaping and rolling in sugar twice. I didn’t bother to chill them a second time. It’s your call.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 120kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 64mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7g
Keyword Christmas cookies, crinkle cookies, gluten free cookies
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And there you have it.

Perfectly moist, fudgy chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies that also happen to be gluten free. Magic!

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I now make these several times over the holidays. People ask me for them. They are that good. They are not just for holiday baking but anytime you need/want a fudgy peppermint treat. Who knows, I may try folding them into my vanilla ice cream!

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