Looking for a unique cookie to serve your guests this holiday? Try making some Gluten-Free Spiced Cookie Brittle! These crunchy cookies remind me of toffee and are gluten-free and vegan, and would make a great allergy-friendly gift!
Hey friends, time for another cookie recipe! If you couldn’t tell by the name of my blog, cookies are one of my absolute favorite things to bake. They’re small, portable, and you can easily make the recipe bigger or smaller to match the crowd.
Plus, cookies are harder to mess up than something like cake or homemade candy, and they make amazing holiday gifts. Cookies for the win!
Our small band of food bloggers is teaming up again for our second collaborative post that’s all about Christmas Cookies (our last one was fall cupcakes!).
For my part of the collaboration, I decided to make some cookie brittle. I was reading through the holiday Food Network Magazine and was looking for some fun recipe ideas, when I saw a recipe for Spiced Cookie Bark from Land ‘O Lakes butter.
I’ve seen cookie brittle at the store before but I’ve never had it, so I was intrigued! I decided that’s what I wanted to make, and I created a gluten-free and dairy free cookie bark/brittle, and I also reduced the sugar in it to make it a bit healthier.
This Gluten-Free Spiced Cookie Brittle is like a spiced sugar cookie that is crunchy and broken up into bits, which reminds me a lot of the English toffee we used to make around the holidays. Until I get that allergy-friendly toffee recipe figured out, these cookies will do!
Here’s another one of my favorite holiday cookie recipes: Raisin Griddle Cookies (welsh cookies)
Gluten Free Spiced Cookie Brittle (Vegan)
- ¾ cup + 2 Tablespoons superfine sorghum flour
- 2 Tablespoons arrowroot starch
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ cup Earth Balance Soy-Free Margarine
- ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons unbleached cane sugar
- ¼ cup baking Stevia
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top
- ¼ cup allergy-friendly chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, arrowroot starch, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg until well combined. Set aside
- In a small microwaveable bowl, melt the Earth Balance Soy-Free Margarine for about 30-40 seconds in the microwave. Whisk in the sugar, Stevia, and vanilla.
- Combine the margarine mixture with the flour mixture and stir until a thick dough forms.
- Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan to about 1/4-inch thick or less
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden on the edges
- Remove from the oven and lift the parchment paper and cookie onto a cooling rack. Cool completely
- Melt the chocolate chips in a small microwaveable cup and drizzle melted chocolate onto the cookie bark
- Allow the chocolate to cool and set, then break apart the cookie bark into pieces
- Store in an airtight container
Christmas Cookies, clockwise from top left:
- Holiday White Chocolate Mini Popcorn Balls (Gloria – Homemade and Yummy)
- Gingerbread Cookies (Melissa – My Wife Can Cook)
- No Bake Chocolate Cranberry Cookies (Kirsten – Treat Yourself Sweeter)
- No-Bake Cinnamon Peanut Butter Cranberry Cookies (Arlene – Flour on My Face)
- Gluten-Free Spiced Cookie Brittle (Sarah – The Fit Cookie)
- Macadamia Date Roll Cookies (Veena – Veena Azmanov)
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
11 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Spiced Cookie Brittle (Vegan)”
Yum! I swear I can almost taste this from your photos… i love a cookie with a good crunch and crumble! I REALLY can’t wait to try this… !
Thanks Kirsten! These were delicious 🙂
These look amazing! SO crunchy!
Thanks Casey! I’ve always been a soft cookie person but I really like the crunch in these cookies!
Is there something I could use instead of the margarine that would make this dairy free as well? Would coconut oil work? This sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to make it!!
Hi April! I bet you could make these with coconut oil, I haven’t tried that yet but I think it would work! The Earth Balance margarine we use is soy, gluten, and dairy-free and it’s coconut and palm oil based so there’s no hydrogenated oils. We get it at the Walmart here in town. Here’s a list of the ingredients if you want to look at it: https://thefitcookie.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Earth-Balance-Collage.jpg
This sounds so delicious Sarah.. Cant’ wait to try it. Such amazing flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg – can almost smell it.
What a crunchy sweet treat. Sound so addictive….and I know it would not last long around here.
We definitely ate them up pretty fast, my kids went nuts over them!
Cookie brittle sounds like the perfect combination of those two things! And no candy thermometer like most brittle recipes. Looks delicious!
Thanks Melissa! Definitely easier to make than toffee or brittle, plus my kids have peanut allergies so peanut brittle is off the menu!