Gluten-free Chocolate-Cardamom Crinkle Cookies seem like a perfect recipe for the fresh cardamom I brought back from Turkey. One step into the spice market in Istanbul and your nose goes into “scent-sory” overload. Colorful spices line the sides of the market, while merchants waft them under your nose trying to lure you in to their shops. I sampled the most delicious Turkish Delight I have ever tasted, and came home with several spices, from high quality saffron threads to the highly aromatic cardamom. I put a pinch of cardamom in my latte this morning and it was delicious! But if you try it, remember, just a pinch! It is a very strong spice and you can easily overdo it. In fact, I made two batches of the chocolate-cardamom crinkle cookies because the first time I added a full teaspoon of cardamom and it was too much. My second batch I used 1/2 a teaspoon and that was much better.

The Beauty of Istanbul
Istanbul is a remarkable city, full of beautiful sights, sounds, and smells.

We found the people of Istanbul to be very friendly, despite the news as of late. We were part of a guided tour for the one day we had in this massive city of nearly 14 million people. We visited the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, which was built by the orders of Constantine, and the Spice Market, built in 1660. We were there on a Sunday, so the Grand Bazaar was closed. I was a little disappointed in that, but the spice market was a treat in and of itself. I wasn’t sure I could get back through customs with the spices, but as long as they are factory sealed, there is no problem.

I have been receiving a lot of advertising lately for Bob’s Red Mill new 1 to 1 Baking Flour. I was especially curious how it would perform in my chocolate-cardamom cookies because the first ingredient is sweet rice flour, which tends to be a little more gummy. But I was impressed. The flour performed exceptionally well and made a delicious chocolaty-spicy crinkle cookie.

Bob's Red Mill Baking Flour
Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Flour.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Crinkle Ball
The powdered sugar on the outside helps for the Crinkle on the outside.

Chocolate and cardamom go together quite nicely, but if you want a traditional chocolate crinkle cookie, you can always eliminate the cardamom. I did have to give the cookie a little flattening just as soon as it came out of the oven, so if you want them to flatten on their own just add a little more butter, probably another 1/4 cup, making it two full sticks. They are nice and fudgy in the center and slightly crispy on the outside.

GF Chocolate-Cardamom Crinkle Cookie
A delicious little treat using 1 to 1 baking flour.

GF Chocolate-Cardamom Crinkle Cookie Directions:

Chocolate-Cardamom Crinkle Cookies

Serves 18
Prep time 18 minutes
Cook time 12 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Dietary Gluten-free
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly
A Fudgy center and crisp outside make these gluten-free chocolate-cardamom crinkle cookies the perfect dunking cookie. Pour a glass of milk and enjoy!


  • 3/4 cups butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom (ground)
  • 1 2/3 cup 1 to 1 Baking Flour (Bob's Redmill)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


Step 1
Cream together eggs, butter, and coconut palm sugar.
Step 2
Blend in cocoa powder, cardamom, baking powder, and 1 to 1 flour. (Mix will be fairly creamy).
Step 3
Place powdered sugar in a small bowl. Scoop a small amount of dough and roll into a ball. Roll in the powdered sugar and place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment or silicone pad. Place cookies about 2 inches apart.
Step 4
Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and gently press cookies down if they haven't crinkled enough.

I shared this recipe on the following blogs: VegetarianMamma

37 comments on “Chocolate-Cardamom Crinkle Cookies”

  1. Hi! I’m really anxious to try this recipe! It sounds sooo yummy! I have to say, though, that Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 Baking Flour is a new one on me! Bob’s is practically in our back yard – only 150 miles away…I’ve been there many times, when we visit our son and his family. They live a little over a mile from Bob’s store! I HAVE to get some of that flour! I’ve always used sweet rice as part of my mixture when baking. Thanks!

  2. I had really never thought about putting cardamom and chocolate together! If I have all the stuff to make this I might make it tonight – going over to a friends house for supper tomorrow so this could be dessert!!! 🙂

  3. These sound so good! I don’t use nearly enough cardamom in my baking! Thanks for sharing, I am adding these to my Christmas cookie list! 🙂

  4. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share next time!

  5. Yum!!! I am *so* envious of your trip to Istanbul, that’s at the very top of my traveling wish list. I can just imagine how heavenly (and potent) the cardamon you got from there was. Great idea to pair its assertive flavor with chocolate. :9 The cookies look delicious!!


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