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Gluten-Free + Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

One of the most iconic cookies of the holidays in our family is the chocolate crinkle cookie. These little cookies are not only full of rich chocolate flavor, the powdered sugar makes them so festive for the holiday season! Really, anything with a powdered sugar dusting makes me so excited for Christmas! If only snow was as sweet and delish as powdered sugar!

The chocolate cookie! Let’s start there! Most gluten-free treats are dry and bland, but these chocolate cookies are soft and pillowy. The deep chocolate flavor with the touch of cinnamon adds a flavor similar to Mexican hot chocolate (which is amazing!). By adding a touch of cinnamon to these cookies the cocoa powder shines with every bite!

Let’s start baking!

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Gluten-free + Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: baking


Chocolate crinkle cookies are the best cookie of the holidays! This gluten-free and vegan take on thee classic cookie is a great addition to your holiday treat menu!


  • 1/2 cups of vegan butter
  • 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of 1:1 gluten-free flour (bob’s red mill is my fave!)
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  •  1/4 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar


  1. preheat your oven to 350°F and line your baking sheet with parchment, reusable silicon pad or grease with vegan butter
  2. in a bowl with a mixer cream your vegan butter with your sugar – about 3 minutes until light and fluffy
  3. once they are mixed add in your vanilla extract, almond milk, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder and ground cinnamon
  4. next add in your gluten-free flour, 1/4 cup at a time until well combined
  5. in a separate bowl, add your powdered sugar
  6. pinch 1″ ball of dough and roll in the palms of your hands to form a ball, roll each ball in the powdered sugar and set onto the baking sheet 2″ apart
  7. repeat until your dough is all rolled
  8. bake for 10-12 minutes and enjoy warm!

I love to bake these cookies for all my friends, neighbors, and co-workers because they last a really long time in a Tupperware on the counter! From the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas dinner I have these cookies on repeat in the oven. My chocolate snickerdoodles, chocolate peppermint bread and these are my go-to chocolate recipes for the holiday season!

Every Christmas I make a charcuterie style platter but with all cookies and treats! This year, I am filling the platter with chocolate crinkle cookies, pumpkin bread cookies, bites from my gluten-free and vegan monkey bread, and my gluten-free and vegan peppermint chocolate chunk cookies. The combination of all of these on one big platter makes the most ultimate Christmas treat platter! I’ll let you in on a secret! These recipes will fool any gluten-free teasers! My father-in-law personally loves all these recipes and secretly thinks they are healthy – we will let him have that one!

I can’t wait to see you all try these recipes and more importantly these cookies this holiday season! Tag me in all your baking adventures! @frontpaigebakes

gluten-free & vegan chocolate protein cookies

This recipe has been in my books for a while now! After weeks of testing different protein powders and nut butters, I finally have found the perfect ratio! Think of the softest brownie, mixed with the crisp edges of a cookie with melted peanut butter on top. I mean straight PERFECTION!

These cookies are not only delicious but they are the easiest cookies to make! Just a few simple ingredients, packed with fiber and protein!

Peanut butter and chocolate are two of my absolute favorite flavors together. I love how the creamy peanut butter offsets the sharp notes in chocolate and adds depth to both flavors. When baking with protein powder, there is a delicate balance of adding flavor to make it still taste light and fresh instead of chalky. With vegan protein powders especially, the pea protein adds a grassy flavor to the protein, but this is easily muted with the fat and flavor of nut butter!

Let’s start baking!

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gluten-free & vegan chocolate protein cookies

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 27 minutes


easy, tasty and healthy!


– 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter

– 2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

– 2 tbsp of coconut oil (melted)

– 2 scoops of chocolate vegan protein powder

– 2 tbsp of flax meal

– 1/2 tsp of stevia

– 1 tsp of vanilla extract

– 1 tsp of baking powder

– 1 tbsp of melted peanut butter


1. preheat your oven to 350° F

2. in a bowl mix together your creamy peanut butter, melted

coconut oil and vanilla extract until combined

3. next add in your cocoa powder, protein powder, stevia, baking powder, flax

4. form 2″ cookie dough balls and place on a baking sheet, continue until all batter is used

5. bake for 12 minutes and let cool on a baking sheet

6. once cool, melt your remaining 1 tbsp of peanut butter and drizzle over your cookies

7. eat and enjoy!

Let me know what you think and tag me in your photos on instagram! I love seeing your creations! Share the love and who doesn’t love a healthy cookie?!