Need a quick and easy grain-free holiday cookie recipe? Check out these Grain Free Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. These cookies are also Paleo, refined sugar free and can easily be made vegan (just swap out the egg for a vegan egg replacer).
Back by reader demand! I had this recipe under construction for a while, and got so many requests to put it back up so here it is for you! It’s the perfect holiday cookie without the guilt… lower in carb, grain free, refine sugar free, and so yummy.
I used to love the Peppermint Joe-Joe’s at Trader Joe’s (like peppermint Oreos but without as much of the junk). But since going gluten-free we haven’t found anything in store. So we made our own gluten free chocolate cookie recipe with candy cane bits and WOW! They are yummy. My kids loved eating these and requested we leave these out for Santa on Christmas Eve.
Now I tried a batch with whole cane sugar and it came out well too, but I will say the honey gave it a deeper, molasses-like flavor and the texture was a bit chewier. These cookies are pure bliss and make a wonderful DIY food gift for family and friends – just pack them in wide-mouth Mason glass jars for a rustic look.
How to Make These Grain-Free Chocolate Cookies
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet with butter or use parchment paper on the cookie sheet.
- Combine 1 cup of creamy almond butter, 1/2 cup raw honey, 1 egg, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder in a bowl. Mix well. Optional: Add 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candy (save 1 tbsp to sprinkle on top of the cookies).
- Form tablespoon-sized balls and pat down to about 1/4-inch thickness on cookie sheet. Optional: Sprinkle a little peppermint candy on top of the cookies.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the center is done. Let cool and enjoy.
Can you use other additions in this recipe? Yes! Crushed up peppermint candy makes it so delicious but there are other things you can substitute:
- 1/4 cup crushed nuts like pecans or walnuts
- 1/4 tsp peppermint extract or 3 drops peppermint essential oil (this in the only brand I recommend)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
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Grain-Free Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Large mixing bowl
- Cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
- 1 cup organic, creamy almond butter salted or unsalted
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup all-natural peppermint candy crushed
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease cookie sheet with butter or put parchment paper on cookie sheet.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Optional: Add 1/4 cup crushed candy canes.
- Form tablespoon-sized balls and pat down to about 1/4-inch thickness. Lay out on cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 min. Let cool and enjoy.
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Homemade Almond Butter
- 1 Food processor
- 1 Baking sheet
- 2 cups almonds
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
- 1 tsp coconut oil to make it extra creamy
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spread almonds on a baking sheet and roast in the oven at for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Skip this step if you're using sprouted and dried almonds.
- When done, let them cool for a few minutes.
- Place them in a food processor and blend on high for about 10 minutes or until smooth.
- Add salt to taste (usually about 1/8 to 1/4 tsp salt) and blend again for a few seconds. Omit the salt for an unsalted almond butter.
- For extra flavor, you could add 1vanilla extract, dash of cinnamon, or even raw honey or maple syrup in the food processor for the last minute of mixing.
- For a creamy almond butter, add 1-2 tsp of coconut oil while it's mixing in the food processor.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
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Chocolate and peppermint is such a delicious combination. Grain free cookies are so hard to find so I’m so glad I discovered your recipe. A delicious snack that doesn’t compromise on texture.
My fiancee loves peppermint and chocolate. Thank you for the easy and delicious recipe! He loved them.
These cookies sound delicious, between the almond butter, chocolate, and peppermint. What a great combination!
Lindsay Howerton-Hastings says
These are delicious, and so yummy for the season! Can’t wait to make this recipe every year.