Our gluten free chocolate duplex cookies are very similar to chocolate crinkles. This favorite holiday cookie recipe in our house is doubly chocolate. What do I mean by that? It’s a chocolate cookie batter (made with cocoa powder) with added chocolate chips. Yum! Double the chocolate means naming it a chocolate duplex. That was boy #1 (age 7)’s idea. He’s a mini me when it comes to using big words.
The Birth of Our Chocolate Duplex Holiday Cookie Recipe
All good recipes come with a memory. This holiday cookie recipe is no different. I picked up the boys from school yesterday. We were all chilled to the bone as we raced through the parking lot. Desperate to get to the car before our nostrils froze. It was a wet, rainy afternoon and the temperature hovered at just above freezing.
My third grader, passionately referred to as little Einstein as a tot, was in a particularly good mood. Fridays have a way of doing that to him. My avid reader is clawing at the locker moments after the bell. This year school has become an inconvenience he has to endure. It’s when he’s home that his imagination takes hold.
He slipped into the car and chirped, “You know, this is the perfect day for cookies and hot chocolate.” The entire car echoed the same sentiment. I’ve got two other boys that follow little Einstein pretty much lock step.
Luckily I had eggs in the fridge.
I decided to try another chocolate cookie variety that we could add to our holiday cookie recipe list. I didn’t want to make a family favorite. So the boys and I discussed options. Chocolate was a high priority. The consensus was to double it. Thus the name duplex was born. During the taste test we all agreed, along with my aunt, that Chocolate Duplex Cookies needed to be added to our holiday cookie recipe list. It’s official. Our experiment was a success. Chocolate- you doubled us over with your tangy antioxidant rich love. You are in like Flynn, as the Irish say. It’s a done deal.
After we landed in the door we got started on our TGIF holiday cookie recipe project. We needed to be able to share it with our aunt who is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and corn free. And she was on the way over as we planned, did I mention that?
This holiday cookie recipe itself is very simple. It takes 10 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to bake each batch. These cookies are crispy and not too sweet. Something that I prefer now that I’m officially entering middle age. I’m sure the family dentist feels the same, my Toronto Dentist always advises me to leave candy aside.
2/3 C Palm oil (or any other safe shortening will do)
1 1/4 C sugar
NOTE: if you like it sweeter you can add more. Your cookies will spread a little bit more if you do.
1/2 TBS of vanilla
NOTE: we use our own homemade vanilla extract with potato vodka because all commercial vanilla has corn in it.
2 1/4 cups of your favorite GF flour mix. We used Better Batter.
1/4 cup Hazelnut flour (you can substitute this if you’d like).
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1/2 to 3/4 cups of EnjoyLife brand chocolate chips
NOTE: These are the only ones I’ve ever found that are also soy free too.
Directions for Chocolate Duplex Cookies:
Preheat the oven to 375 ℉. (If you have a convection oven set it to 350℉.) Beat the eggs, sugar and palm oil on high until it is smooth and creamy.
Add the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chips.
When the batter is thick and smooth add the chips. Spoon them onto the cookie sheet in big Tablespoon sized mounds. Bake for 12-15 minutes. After they cool, you can sprinkle powdered sugar on top.
(We make our own to be sure that it is corn free. We just use a Vitamix machine to grind 2 cups of evaporated cane juice with a Tablespoon of tapioca starch.)