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These gluten free and vegan chocolate crinkle cookies absolutely melt in your mouth!

Gluten Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies (Vegan, Nut Free).

Vegan and gluten free chocolate crinkle cookies - this recipe is always a big hit at holiday parties.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free, vegan.
Keyword crinkle cookie recipe, gluten free chocolate crinkles
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 83 kcal



  1. Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl and microwave until melted. I start with 45 seconds and then stir, then microwave 15 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until they are smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and sea salt. Pour the confectioner’s sugar into a small bowl and set aside for later.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the buttery spread and the sugar. Add the applesauce mix to combine. Add the cooled chocolate chips and mix again.

  4. Add the combined dry ingredients a little at a time and continue to mix. The paddle attachment works well for this batter, which is going to be very thick. If it seems too dry, you can add a little bit more applesauce.
  5. Cover the batter in the bowl and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes. This keeps the cookies from spreading.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using your hands, roll the refrigerated dough into balls that are about one inch in diameter. Put the balls into the confectioner’s sugar and roll around until thoroughly coated.
  7. Place the balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool on the sheets for five minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

If you can't use applesauce, try another fruit puree, like prunes or beets.

I have made these cookies with my own gluten free flour blend as well as Namaste Perfect Flour Blend and Now Foods Gluten Free Flour.

You can freeze these cookies - just store in an airtight container or a freezer bag.

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies (Vegan, Nut Free).
Amount Per Serving
Calories 83 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 35mg2%
Potassium 25mg1%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 10g11%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.