Chocolate Peppermint Cookies have a rich dark chocolate flavor, paired with sweet peppermint in the perfect chewy & a slightly crunchy texture! Gluten Free
So, yesterday’s Double Chocolate Banana Cookies were made with almond flour, which unless you add a ton of coconut oil will be a fluffier, like a muffin top. I like those, they are actually my favorite which is why I make them again and again. However, I realized when Mr. Hungry started calling them muffin cookies and asking me why the vegan cookies at his work were more like a “real cookie” I needed to change up my cookie strategy.
The formula of 1 cup nut or seed butter + 1 cup sugar + 1 large egg + baking soda is a classic flourless cookie formula (typically used for flourless peanut butter cookies). I’ve seen it, used it, loved it for many years. (I explained yesterday why I like paleo baking especially desserts, so check that out if you are curious.) The peppermint extract addition, though, that was like hitting the cookie gold mind. I’m not a got to have a cookie dessert person, like my husband who may also be the cookie monster in his spare time. He loved these ! #realcookiewin We also took them to my friends holiday party, didn’t say a word about them being gluten free or paleo, and everyone loved them! #healthiercookiewin
So guess what? Speaking of sweets and desserts. I’m off to get a root canal today, doesn’t that sound fantastic? The theory is my large filling cracked and that the exposure is bothering the nerve. I don’t know that the root canal is totally necessary, it doesn’t seem as bad as some of the stories I’ve read online. It’s definitely SUPER SENSITIVE to cold and a little bit too pressure. I’ve mentioned a few times here that my LEAST favorite thing is to go to the dentist. Turns out that is because I’m part of 1% of the population that doesn’t respond as well or as quickly to numbing medication. My options: valium, laughing gas, or sedation. Thanks, I’ll take door number 3, the sedation. If I have to go through another round of shot, sit and wait, start drilling, it’s not numb, shot, sit and wait, start drilling it’s still not quite numb, and repeat I’ll freaking lose it. The thought of that, when it’s already so sensitive, makes me literally to get up and run away. That’s totally natural right? It’s my protective instincts, self-preservation and all that kicking in.
The thought of getting sedated also freaks me out, but I remember my friend who just had a total hip replacement and I tell myself to get my shit (aka my mind) under control. It does suck though. It sucks how crap sometimes happen to us that isn’t under our control. It isn’t my fault I never went to a dentist till I was 12 and wasn’t taught how to take good care of my teeth. (When I did go, I was traumatized by pulling like 9 teeth while I was awake. Then going in two more times for 4-5 fillings at once. God bless my mother and my grandmother, they probably couldn’t afford sedation like my husband got when he was a kid.) None of that matters though, all you can do is keep trucking along taking the best care of yourself now that you can. Eat your cookies, then brush your teeth, but don’t brush too hard because that can wear down the enamel. Sheesh. Somebody pass me a cookie, I’ve learned how to chew on one side of my mouth pretty good!
PS if you have a horrible dentist story, I’m gonna ask you to refrain from sharing it here. I’ve already got some severe anxiety, ain’t no need for you to go and make it worse. However, if you’ve got an I got a root canal it’s not a big deal, go get em tiger story, share away. 🙂 xoxoxoxo
Gluten Free Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- 1 cup smooth or creamy almond butter
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract (depending on how much you love peppermint)
- 1 cup coconut sugar (or cane sugar, date sugar, or maple sugar)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate baking powder
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips * (for dairy free use these chocolate chips)
- optional: 2 candy canes
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Using an immersion blender or electric mixer mix the almond butter, peppermint extract, and egg together in a medium bowl.
- In a large bowl, mix the remaining dry ingredients together.
- Add wet ingredients too the dry ingredients and using the mixer, mix until well combined. Then add in the goodies (aka the chocolate chips), just fold them in with a large spoon or spatula. The dough will be kind of dry and a bit crumbly that's okay! As long as it's sticking together you are good to go.
- Using a cookie scoop, place cookies on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Slightly flatten with back of spoon or cookie scoop. You don't need to flatten them all the way out, just a little bit will be just fine!
- OPTIONAL STEPS: Add chocolate chips on top of cookies so they are aesthetically pleasing. Grind 2 candy canes in a food processor until it's a relatively fine powder, sprinkle on top of cookies.
- Bake cookies for 10 minutes, then let them cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes (if you can restrain yourself that long!)
*Turns out white chocolate chips are kind of gross, lots of brands are loaded with partially hydrogenated oils and other gross stuff, check yo ingredients. The cleanest I found were linked above!
*Candy canes - also gross. The ones are linked above ones are pretty clean ingredients, but not grain free so skip them if you want them to be paleo. Trust me they are delicious without them.
Courses dessert, treats
Cuisine paleo, gluten free, vegetarian, grain free
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