Holiday Baking: Gluten-Free Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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I have lots of favorite things, like Disney World and vampire romance novels, but Christmas might just top all of them. One of the joys of Christmas for me is making cookies. It is just so much fun cranking up the holiday music while dancing around the kitchen whipping up some yummy cookies. And, of course, half the fun is stuffing said cookies in my mouth while dancing around! (At least I am exercising!)

Cookies are tough to make completely “healthy,” but these are gluten-free, have a lower glycemic impact, and have less sugar. Most importantly, they are delicious. Not too shabby!

An unintentional and awesome surprise was that these cookies taste remarkably like Thin Mints. The thinner you can smash them down after scooping them, the better. They are also really difficult to overbake. I have a tendency to turn off the timer and then forget to take things out of the oven, which I did on my second trial of these cookies. And they still came out awesome! Actually, leaving them in there a little longer is how I like them. They get a bit of crunch, but still remain super tender and melt in your mouth.

Also, who needs to pay for scented candles when a delectable batch of cookies makes your whole house smell like chocolate and peppermint? Plus, then you get to eat cookies! Candles are unitaskers (if I may borrow the term from the brilliant Alton Brown).

These are going to be a new Christmas cookie staple for me. They are easy, foolproof, healthier and so, so tasty! That makes them a winner in my book!

Here’s a health highlight of oat flour: Oat flour is considered a whole-grain flour. Compared with regular all-purpose flour, it has a lower glycemic impact, contains lots of healthy fiber, more minerals, and is less inflammatory! Oats are packed with fiber and antioxidants, and can help reduce your cholesterol (from all that soluble fiber). Oats have also been shown to help reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes, and help stabilize blood sugar. They have been shown to protect your heart, and contain a lot of great vitamins and minerals. Oats are a great source of manganese, which serves several important functions in your body including protection from free radical damage.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: Makes ~24 cookies

Ingredients

¾ cup (12 tablespoons) butter (room temperature)
1/3 cup maple syrup
¾ cup cocoa powder
1 cup oat flour
¼ teaspoon salt (I used sea salt)
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, add the butter and mix about 1 minute.
  3. Add the maple, cocoa, oat flour, salt, peppermint and vanilla. Mix on low until combined.
  4. Add the egg, mix until combined.
  5. Scoop the cookies onto a cookie pan lined with parchment.
  6. Press them flat (they will not flatten or spread in the oven).
  7. Bake about 15 minutes, they should look matte and slightly puffed when done.
  8. Allow to cool before removing from the pan.
  9. Eat, or if you are feeling nice, share :)

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