Peppermint Chip Chocolate Cookies [Gluten-Free]

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Remember those Andes peppermint chips from my In My Kitchen post? Well, I decided to mix them into a delicious gluten-free chocolate cookie recipe. As a matter of fact, they are so good I’ll be making another batch to wrap for gift-giving. Unlike traditional recipes, these cookies are made with almond flour (meal) and sweetened with coconut palm sugar and the Andes peppermint chips.

I liked the idea of using the Andes chips, assuming they would blend into cookie dough better than hard candy. I was delighted with how they melted and remained soft like the rest of the cookie. If the peppermint chips are not available in your area, it might be fun to order them on-line to create a unique gift. I appreciate homemade gifts made with ingredients I might not otherwise try or know to look for in local stores.

To punch-up the chocolate in this cookie we add a bit of instant espresso, which brought a nice balance of chocolate and mint flavor. They keep well in a sealed container, remaining soft for several days after baking. It is a tender, fudgy-mint cookie worthy of your holiday dessert table or homemade gifts. Enjoy them with a glass of cold milk to savor the cooling mint with every bite.

Peppermint Chip Chocolate Cookies [GF] | Savoring Today

Adapted from Food Pusher: Double Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies

Peppermint Chip Chocolate Cookies [Gluten-Free]
 
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Serves / Yields: About 30 - 2 inch cookies
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups almond flour -- finely ground
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 10 ounces Andes Peppermint Crunch Chips -- or small peppermint candy pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. In a medium bowl stir flour, cocoa powder, instant coffee granules, salt, and baking soda until well mixed.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter and sugar, mix on medium speed until sugar begins to break down into the butter, about 2 mintues. (Coconut palm sugar will not 'cream' with sugar like white sugar, but will mix-in well.)
  4. Add the egg and vanilla to the butter and sugar; mix on medium speed for about 1 minute.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until well incorporated, scraping the sides of the bowl, as needed.
  6. Either scoop and drop small mounds (a well rounded teaspoon) or roll into 1" balls and slightly flatten, spaced 2 inches apart, onto a parchment lined baking sheet. (Drop cookies will be more shaggy, flattened balls will be more uniform in shape.)
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until puffed and cracked. Allow to cool on the pan for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to baking racks to finish cooling.
Notes & Suggestions
Run your fingers through the almond flour to feel the texture. If the flour feels coarse, like cornmeal, pulse briefly in a food processor to refine it until it doesn't feel coarse or too grainy. Keep an eye on it and don't over process or it will turn into almond butter. Some almond flours are already finely ground and do not need to be processed further.

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  1. says

    I’ve not seen these Andes peppermint chips! I agree that I would like these better as they melt into the cookie rather than using hard candy chips. Simple ingredients, but with surprises of flavor coming from the espresso. And healthy too which I think is very much appreciated during the holiday season!
    Linda recently posted..Savory Sundried Tomato and Herb BiscottiMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Linda, I found the peppermint chips at a local store, Albertsons, but I think they are at World Market too. Espresso/coffee just helps deepen the chocolate flavor, I’m always up for simple recipes with complexity of flavors.

  2. says

    These look soo good, Judy. It really is good to see so many GF recipes available now, each more flavorful than the one before. I’ve seen quite a few really delicious recipes lately and it wasn’t always that way. Thanks for sharing this one.
    ChgoJohn recently posted..Egg-Filled RavioliMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Mary, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, appreciate that very much. If your gf friends are anything like mine, they always appreciate someone thinking about them with goodies they can enjoy. :)

  3. says

    These look really good, Judy, and so festive. I love the old mug the candy canes are standing in. And what a great use for candy canes. My little guy has been given so many and I just know he won’t eat them all – better to turn all the extras into something like this xx
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