I discovered an intriguing recipe at http://whatsformeat.blogspot.ie/2012/12/chocolate-crinkles.html – I’ve never seen these before but they appear to be a fairly popular Christmas cookie in the States.
Given that they’re dairy-free anyway and this page has a gluten-free variation also, I just had to try them out.
The recipe basically involves making a meringue, then mixing in melted chocolate. This gives a stiff dough which is rolled into balls and coated in icing sugar – when you bake them they flatten out and give a ‘crinkle’ effect. They look very impressive even though they’re so simple to make, and they were very popular with the family when I took them visiting.