Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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These chocolate peppermint cookies are soft, chewy and topped with crushed candy canes for the perfect holiday treat. They’re flourless, naturally sweetened and come together quickly in just one bowl!

I know some people hate the combo of chocolate and mint, but I’ve always loved it. While I’ll gladly eat mint chip ice cream all year long, chocolate peppermint treats are the perfect flavor pairing for winter! So obviously I had to create a recipe for chocolate peppermint cookies this holiday season.

Chocolate peppermint cookies on a wire rack. A cookie with a bite taken out of it is stacked on top of another cookie in the center.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s made in just one bowl! Yay for minimal dirty dishes.
  • Super easy to make – it’s the perfect recipe to involve your kids with.
  • A delicious combination of peppermint and chocolate.
  • Can be made in advance and frozen until you’re ready to enjoy!
Ingredients measured out to make chocolate peppermint cookies: flax egg, salt, baking soda, almond butter, chocolate chips, peppermint extract, maple syrup, vanilla, cocoa powder and crushed peppermint candy.

Ingredients Needed

This cookie recipe is flourless, grain-free and vegan so we’re replacing the eggs, butter, sugar and flour you’d find in a traditional recipe with almond butter, maple syrup and a flax egg.

  • drippy almond butter – I used Wild Friends almond butter but any brand will work. Just make sure the almond butter is drippy and that the ingredients are just almonds and salt. I would imagine these cookies will turn out just fine with another nut or seed butter, but the flavor might be slightly different.
  • flax egg – to make a flax egg just mix 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed with 3 Tablespoons water and set aside to allow the mixture to gelatinize. If you don’t need these cookies to be vegan, you can also use one regular egg. I’ve tested these cookies with both a flax egg and regular egg and both versions turned out perfectly!
  • maple syrup – the natural sweetener in these cookies. I haven’t tried, but you should be able to swap for a different liquid sweetener like honey or agave if needed. I also have tested these cookies with coconut sugar and I preferred the maple syrup version better. The cookies made with coconut sugar were more crumbly and dry than with the maple syrup. 
  • unsweetened cocoa powder – the main source of chocolate flavor in these cookies!
  • baking soda – helps the cookies rise.
  • salt – if your nut butter has salt, you can skip this!
  • vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
  • peppermint extract – a must for chocolate peppermint cookies!
  • chocolate chips – I used Lily’s chocolate chips because they are low in sugar and calories!
  • peppermint candies or candy canes – for the peppermint candy topping! If you’re not a fan of the peppermint candy topping or don’t have any on hand you can skip them. These cookies are still just as delicious without the candies on top!
Collage of four images: two showing mixing together the chocolate peppermint cookies dough and two photos showing how to make the cookies with a dent to add crushed peppermint candy.

How to Make Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

These cookies are surprisingly super simple to make! In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips and peppermint candies. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Use a cookie scoop to scoop out the cookie batter and place it on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Leave about 1 ½ inches between each cookie and press down the cookie slightly before baking. Don’t press them down too much as they will spread! Bake at 350ºF for 12 minutes.

While the cookies bake, place the unwrapped peppermint candies or candy canes in a plastic bag and use the back of a wooden spoon or a rolling pin to crush the candy into small bits. When the cookies are done baking, remove them from the oven and immediately sprinkle crushed peppermint candies over the cookies. Let cool completely before diving in!

A close up overhead photo looking down at chocolate peppermint cookies on a wire cooling rack on top of brown parchment paper.

Tips for Success

  • Make sure you use drippy almond butter as this is one of the only sources of liquid in the cookie dough!
  • To make these cookies vegan use a flax egg. If they don’t need to be vegan, a regular egg will work great.
  • Make sure you flatten the cookies slightly, but not too much before baking as they do spread a little during baking.
  • If you’re using the peppermint candy topping, sprinkle the crushed candy on the cookies immediately after removing from the oven. This will ensure that the heat melts the candy a bit so it sticks and doesn’t fall off.
pro tip!
Don't mix the peppermint candies into the batter before baking otherwise you'll end up with a gooey, sticky mess! Trust me, it happened to me when testing this recipe.
Stacks of chocolate peppermint cookies on a wire cooling rack on top of brown parchment paper.

How to Store Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

After allowing the cookies to cool completely, store them in an airtight container. They will keep 3-5 days at room temperature, up to 1 week in the refrigerator and can be frozen for longer storage. I recommend storing in between layers of parchment paper to keep the peppermint candies from sticking!

Chocolate peppermint cookies on a wire cooling rack and brown parchment paper. Candy cane pieces are scattered around.

More Minty Treats

Be sure to check out my full collection of healthy Christmas cookies as well as all the cookie recipes here on EBF.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

4 from 31 votes
These vegan chocolate peppermint cookies are soft, chewy and topped with crushed candy canes for the perfect holiday treat. They're flourless, naturally sweetened and come together quickly in just one bowl!
A close up overhead photo looking down at chocolate peppermint cookies on a wire cooling rack on top of brown parchment paper.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 18 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup drippy almond butter, I used Wild Friends
  • 1 flax egg, or one regular egg
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, skip if your nut butter has salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, I used Lily's
  • a few peppermint candies or candy canes, crushed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients, except for the chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies.
    Chocolate peppermint cookie dough batter in a glass mixing bowl. A spatula rests in the bowl.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
    Chocolate chips added to chocolate peppermint cookie dough in a glass mixing bowl. A spatula rests in the bowl.
  • Scoop out the cookie batter using a small/medium cooking scoop or a Tablespoon and place on baking sheet giving about 1 ½ inches between each cookie. Press cookies down slightly.
    8 chocolate peppermint cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12 minutes.
  • While cookies are baking, crush your peppermint candies or candy canes by placing unwrapped candies in a plastic bag, using the back of a wooden spoon to crush the candy into small bits.
  • Remove cookies from the oven and immediately sprinkle crushed peppermint candies over cookies.
    Chocolate peppermint cookies topped with candy cane pieces on a baking sheet lined with brown parchment paper.
  • Let cookies cool completely before touching or removing.

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Notes

  • Almond butter: I would imagine these cookies will turn out just fine with another nut or seed butter, but the flavor might be slightly different. Just be sure it’s a natural and drippy nut butter.
  • Maple syrup:  I tried these with coconut sugar and they turned out, but the cookies were more crumbly and dry than with the maple syrup so I don’t recommend replacing this with a granulated sugar. Honey should work if you don’t need the cookies to be vegan. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie Calories: 136kcal Carbohydrates: 14g Protein: 4g Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 85mg Potassium: 81mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 8g
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate peppermint cookies

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    21 comments
    1. Patricia
      December 23, 2021 AT 5:56 pm

      Amazing cookies! Not too sweet, not too minty, not too chocolaty. Everything was absolutely perfect! Making these for every holiday party this year! Thanks for sharing <3

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 29, 2021 AT 6:45 pm

        Happy to hear you enjoyed these cookies, Patricia! Thanks so much for trying them out and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    2. Leigha
      December 23, 2021 AT 4:53 pm

      5 stars
      Made these for my book club holiday gathering and not only did they demolish them – but everyone wanted the recipe! These are ah-mazing!
      Thanks for another great recipe, Brittany!

    3. Laura
      December 21, 2021 AT 10:55 am

      3 stars
      Is there maybe an error in the amount of peppermint extract? Or perhaps you recommend a specific brand of extract?
      I love mint, but these are overwhelming. The actual cookie is super yummy, but next time I’ll be cutting the peppermint down to 1/4 or 1/2 tsp.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 21, 2021 AT 3:59 pm

        Hi Laura! I’m sorry the peppermint was overwhelming. What brand of peppermint extract did you use? I used pure peppermint from Kroger.

    4. Carly
      December 20, 2021 AT 2:09 pm

      5 stars
      My husband loves moist/gooey cookies and these are so healthy he’ll actually eat a few! I did use Ghirardelli chips which added to the sugar level, but we hardly eat sweets so it’s worth the treat. I used a medium-sized cookie scoop, baked them for 15 minutes in a convection oven at 325* using two pans (one large one small) with one pan on the top rack and one on the middle. rack. I topped mine with red and white sprinkles instead of the peppermint candy. Will be sharing this one with my fellow “health food” enthusiasts. 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 20, 2021 AT 11:29 pm

        Woo!! So happy to hear you enjoyed these cookies, Carly. Thanks for trying them out and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    5. Cara Whalen
      December 19, 2021 AT 9:34 pm

      5 stars
      These cookies were absolutely incredible! Soft, gooey and just delicious. Thanks for this recipe – it’s a keeper!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 20, 2021 AT 11:27 pm

        Ah yay! So happy to hear these cookies were a hit, Cara. Thanks so much for the review!!

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