Gluten-Free Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies
I’m not really sure why we only see Crinkle Cookies around the holidays. I mean, there is nothing particularly festive about them. Is it because the powdered sugar resembles snow? Or is it because these stand out in a crowd of sugar cookies and candy canes this time of year? Since I didn’t have an answer, I opted to make my Crinkle Cookies a little un-traditional. To make them gluten-free, I used almond flour and softened the cookies with chocolate-hazelnut butter.
Since this is the season of cookie exchanges and holiday parties, this is a gift to my kindred spirits with gluten or wheat restrictions. Because, we want to join in the fun, too! We want an excuse to wear stretchy-pants, too!
I read this morning that the average American puts on six extra pounds during the holidays. Yikes! I mean, I’m not entirely surprised. We kick off the indulgences at Halloween and it doesn’t end until New Years. That’s about eight weeks of candy, desserts, treats and libations. Throw in some in-laws, crowded shopping malls, maxed out credit cards and kids out of school and it’s a recipe for broken-down willpower! With frosting on top.
I’m sorry to say I have no advice on how to resist the good stuff in this gluttonous season. I’m as guilty as anyone. It’s even worse when you are the resident baker. Starting last week, my kitchen has been full of cookies, cakes and pies. Some are experiments and unfit for human consumption, but others are “blog-approved” as my kids say. Which means it’s going to get eaten. Primarily by me.
In January, I plan to post recipes that are “resolution-friendly.” Tasty recipes that won’t cost you any extra L-Bs, if you know what I mean! So, enjoy yourself now. Worry about it in January.
They’re pretty irresistible…
Tell me: what’s your holiday indulgence? Is it the sweet stuff? Or do you prefer savory? Will I find you at the dessert table or the appetizer station at our next party? I think you know where I’ll be…