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Double Chocolate Gluten-Free Peppermint Cookies

Richly chocolatey Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies are soft and gooey on the inside, crispy around the edges, and a pure joy to share. This recipe includes a dairy-free and a  sugar-free option to change it up according to dietary needs.

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies are soft and gooey on the inside, crispy around the edges, and a pure joy to share.

Deeply rich warm chocolate married with refreshing cool peppermint is a most glorious match in these gooey, chewy double chocolate peppermint cookies!

Gooey, chewy yet perfectly crispy, these gluten-free double chocolate peppermint cookies are everything I look for in a Christmas cookie.

While jam packed with holiday cheer, these cookies come together super easily, just like regular chocolate chip cookies! 

Ideal for holiday cookie exchanges, these cookies are a lovely treat for anyone who adores the combination of chocolate and peppermint.

Let’s chat about the ingredients!

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (with a dairy-free option). Easy to prepare, fun, and festive

Ingredients for Double Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Butter: The magically flavorful fat portion of the recipe. You’ll need one full stick plus one tablespoon of butter for these cookies.

If you’re dairy-free, replace the butter with vegan “butter” spread or softened (not melted) coconut oil.

Do you have just one stick of butter? No worries! You can replace the additional tablespoon with regular milk or coconut milk

Brown Sugar: In order to sweeten these glorious cookies, I use brown sugar (both light and dark work). If you prefer, you can swap the brown sugar for your favorite sugar-free sweetener (to make them sugar-free), maple sugar or coconut sugar.

Egg: Used to fluff up the cookies and keep them held together, we need an egg to make these dreamboats a reality.

Vanilla Extract & Peppermint Extract: Flavor boosters! We use vanilla extract to add that rich warming effect and the peppermint extract is responsible for the peppermint flavor of the cookies.

While both extracts are optional, I do recommend them for adding rich flavor. The candy canes do add a peppermint essence to the cookies but they don’t taste very peppermint-y without the peppermint extract. If you’re wild about the flavor of peppermint, increase the amount of extract to ½ teaspoon.

Gluten-Free Flour: In order to make the cookies gluten-free, I use a gluten-free flour blend (Bob’s Red Mill’s Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour is my go-to)!

Raw Cacao Powder: The ingredient that’s responsible for making these a double chocolate affair, cacao powder adds that chocolate richness to the cookies. You can use any unsweetened cocoa powder you have on hand, but I love using raw cacao powder because I find it has a less bitter, creamier flavor.

Baking Soda & Sea Salt: Used for leavening, baking soda is a crucial ingredient. It ensures the cookies spread nicely and evenly without turning into puddles. Sea salt is used to bring out all of the flavors of the cookies.

Chocolate Chips: Adding pockets of gooey deliciousness, chocolate chips ramp up the fun level 100%. 

Candy Canes: We crush up candy canes to give the cookies an added peppermint crunch. I also love the aesthetic the candy canes bring to the cookies. If you don’t love candy canes, you can skip them and stick with just the peppermint extract.

How about we bake a batch?!

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies with a dairy-free and a refined sugar-free option. An easy festive holiday cookie recipe!

How to Make Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies:

Add the butter and brown sugar to a stand mixer (or mixing bowl if using an electric hand mixer) and beat on medium-high speed until fluffy.

Beat the butter and sugar together in a stand mixer

On high speed, beat in the egg, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed with a rubber spatula.

Beat in the egg and extracts

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together until combined.

Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl

With the mixer running on low speed, slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and beat until combined. Add the chocolate chips and beat on high speed until combined.

Beat in the chocolate chips

If the dough is very sticky, cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hours (or up to 3 days) in the refrigerator, or until the dough is easy to handle.  

Note: I find I don’t need to chill the dough as long as I use butter that is just barely softened and still slightly chilly from being in the refrigerator.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Scoop spoonfuls of dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and if desired, press a few chocolate chips into the top. I like to form disc shapes out of the dough to make the cookies look neater.

Scoop cookie dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet

Bake the cookies for 10-11 minutes or until the edges appear set and the centers still look soft.

Double chocolate gluten-free cookies on a baking sheet

Immediately sprinkle the cookies with crushed candy canes (this allows the candy canes to stick to the cookies). Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet before serving.

Sprinkle the cookies with crushed candy cane

Enjoy!

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Replace the butter with softened (not melted) coconut oil for a dairy-free option.
  • For a paleo version, follow my Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookies and add ½ teaspoon of peppermint extract.
  • Use coconut sugar, maple sugar, or sugar-free granulated sweetener instead of the brown sugar to change up the sweetener.
  • Increase the amount of peppermint extract to up to 1 teaspoon depending on your peppermint tolerance 😉
  • If you aren’t gluten-free, replace the gluten-free flour with regular all-purpose flour.

Double Chocolate Gluten-Free Peppermint Chocolate Cookies - a delicious Christmas cookie recipe

That’s it!

I see these cookies as being a marvelous fit for any holiday occasion and they are particularly marvelous for cookie exchanges!

Let me know how you like these glorious rich and cool double chocolate peppermint cookies!

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If you make these cookies, feel free to snap a photo and share it on Instagram tagging me @The.Roasted.Root

Ingredients

  • ½ cup + 1 Tbsp (1 stick + 1 Tbsp) unsalted butter*
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed**
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract, optional
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • ⅔ cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 ⅓ cups chocolate chips
  • 2 candy canes, crushed

Instructions

  1. Add the butter and brown sugar to a stand mixer (or mixing bowl if using an electric hand mixer) and beat on medium-high speed until fluffy. Scrape the sides of the mixing bowl with a rubber spatula and add beat in the egg, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl again as needed with a rubber spatula.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the gluten-free flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together until well combined. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and beat until combined. Add the chocolate chips and beat on high speed until combined. If the dough is very sticky, cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hours (or up to 3 days) in the refrigerator, or until the dough is easy to handle.  
  3. When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Scoop spoonfuls of dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and if desired, press a few chocolate chips into the top. I like to form disc shapes out of the dough to make the cookies look neater.
  5. Bake the cookies for 10-11 minutes or until the edges appear set and the centers still look soft. Immediately sprinkle the cookies with crushed candy canes (this allows the candy canes to stick to the cookies). Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet before serving.

Notes

*Replace the butter with softened coconut oil or vegan “butter” spread for a dairy-free option. Just be sure the ingredient you use to replace the butter is solid, not melted.

**Use sugar-free granulated sweetener, coconut sugar, or maple sugar instead of brown sugar.

Nutrition Information

Yield 20

Serving Size 1 of 20

Amount Per Serving

Calories 186Total Fat 9gCarbohydrates 26gFiber 1gSugar 23gProtein 2g

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Double Chocolate Gluten-Free Peppermint Cookies is written by Julia for www.theroastedroot.net

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