Paleo Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

paleo peppermint double chocolate cookies

You may be asking yourself: “How many more posts is she going to publish with food in front of the lit Christmas tree?!” The answer is: none. This is it. My last holiday recipe.

And it’s a gooooooood one!

paleo double chocolate peppermint cookies

I’m all about the chocolate/peppermint flavor combination this year. I shared my recipe for Peppermint White Hot Chocolate, I made a batch of peppermint bark to dole out to friends & a batch of Jessica’s Peppermint Pattie Brownies to bring to a friend’s holiday party, and now I bring you these cookies.

paleo double chocolate peppermint cookies

Chewy, chocolatey, pepperminty, and PALEO!

No flour, no refined sugar, no butter. That’s right. These are holiday cookies that you can actually feel good about eating because they’re chock full of healthy ingredients.

paleo double chocolate peppermint cookies

I bet Santa would be pretty happy to find a couple of these babies waiting for him beside the Christmas tree!

paleo double chocolate peppermint cookies

 

 

Paleo Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12-14 minutes

Keywords: bake dessert gluten-free chocolate Christmas cookies winter

Ingredients (6-8 large cookies)

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 6 Tbsp melted coconut oil (make sure to melt before measuring)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or dairy-free chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large cookie sheet (or two smaller ones) with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine almond flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. Whisk, making sure to break up any clumps of flour.

In a small bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, honey, peppermint extract, and water.

Add wet ingredients to dry and stir with a rubber spatula or spoon until combined.

Fold in the chocolate chips.

Scoop out approximately 1/4 cup portions and place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet(s). Using the back of a spoon or your fingers, gently press down on the scoops of cookie dough so they form discs.

Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until cooked through. Cookies will be very soft.

Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a baking rack to cool completely.

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Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

peppermint white hot chocolate

When I was in college, my sorority had an annual holiday party with our “brother” fraternity. Our hosts always served hot chocolate spiked with Peppermint Schnapps (among other alcoholic beverages); tasty, yes, but you wouldn’t want to drink more than a few of those doozies. Fortunately, I didn’t overdo it and I still enjoy the chocolate/mint flavor combination.

Then there’s WHITE chocolate & peppermint, which I might like even more. White chocolate is undeniably rich, and the bright peppermint cuts through some of that sweet richness. This version of what has become a holiday classic is lighter but just as delicious and decadent-tasting. It’s perfect for sipping while tree-trimming, watching your favorite holiday movie, and wrapping or unwrapping presents.

Don’t you just want to dive into that perfection?!

peppermint white hot chocolate 2

 

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Keywords: simmer beverage dessert white chocolate milk Christmas winter

Ingredients (2-4 servings)

  • 3 cups 1% or 2% milk, preferably organic
  • 1/2-1 tsp pure peppermint extract (or more, depending on how pepperminty you want your hot chocolate to be)
  • 1/2 cup all natural white chocolate chips, such as Sunspire
  • whipped cream, optional
  • crushed all-natural peppermint candies, optional (available at Whole Foods)

Instructions

Combine milk, peppermint extract, and white chocolate chips in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat. Cook, whisking frequently, until the white chocolate is completely melted and the milk mixture is steaming; do not let mixture come to a boil.

Pour into two large or four small mugs; serve topped with the whipped cream and crushed peppermint candies if desired.

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