Think of this delicious recipe as a mashup between a cookie and a brownie, making this the holiday treat that everyone will request! Add these easy Gluten-Free Peppermint Brownie Cookies to your holiday baking plans today. Featuring a crisp outside and a soft brownie inside, plus flecks of crunchy peppermint stick, this the holiday cookie is one you’ll look forward to making every year.
When it comes to holiday cookies, some are classics and some are meant to impress. These Chocolate Peppermint Cookies fall into the impressive category! With each bite, you’ll experience a soft and chewy brownie-like taste with a little crispness around the edge. And, of course, the iconic peppermint-chocolate flavor pairing makes these cookies over-to-top gorgeous and delicious!
Gathering these ingredients, plus a bowl and whisk, and let’s start baking!
- Eggs – learn more about how to choose quality eggs in this post
- Cane sugar – we like this organic cane sugar from Thrive Market. And you can substitute coconut sugar, if you prefer
- Avocado oil – we recommend using avocado oil (we like the Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil) to give these cookies that brownie-like texture, but you can use melted coconut oil or butter, too (if using the latter, the cookies will spread out a little more during baking)
- Chocolate chips – use any favorite chocolate chips or chocolate chunks. For a dairy-free option, we like these chocolate chunks from Enjoy Life
- Vanilla – we prefer pure vanilla extract with no added sugars, such as this one
- Gluten-free flour blend – we recommend using Bob’s Red Mill One-to-One Gluten-Free Baking Flour or King Arthur Measure-for-Measure Gluten-Free Flour. You can also use an equal amount of unbleached all-purpose flour if you don’t need cookies that are gluten free
- Cocoa powder – use a 100% pure cocoa and sift the powder into the cookie mix so there aren’t any chunks and the powder melds seamlessly into the dough
- Baking powder
- Salt – use fine salt
- Candy canes – use crushed candy canes or crushed peppermint candy canes such as the ones from Thrive Market
Here are the basic steps in takes to get these delicious holiday cookies baking.
- Make the dough: In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate. Let this mixture cool slightly. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, sugar, and oil. Whisk together. Add the melted chocolate and vanilla, whisk again. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir well.
- Chill the dough: Place the dough in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
- Bake the cookies: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove the chilled dough from the fridge, scoop the dough out into rounds (using about 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons each), and place the dough rounds on the parchment-lined baking sheets. Shape the dough into round discs (the dough will be sticky, so wet your hands when handling the dough). Finally, sprinkle the crushed candy cane pieces over each. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Tops will still be slightly doughy/wet, they will set while cooling.
Tips for Shaping Brownies into Cookies
We all know brownie batter easily pours into a baking dish, so how do we shape brownie batter into cookies? Here are a few tips that help: Be sure to weigh the flour to get the exact correct amount (rather than using the scoop method), since you want the batter to be a little sticky but not mold-able like classic cookie dough. Scoop the batter out with a cookie scoop or large spoon and shape into round mounds with the back of the spoon or with your finger. The dough is designed to be slightly sticky to get that amazing brownie texture! To prevent it from sticking to your fingers, wet your hands with a little water.
Cool the cookies completely before storing them. Stack the cooled cookies in a container using pieces of parchment between layers of cookies. Seal the container and store at room temperature, where the cookies will stay fresh for up to 4 days.
These Gluten-Free Peppermint Brownie Cookies are a great freezer cookie! Bake them before the holidays, keep in the freezer, and they’ll be ready for the cookie tray whenever you need! To freeze, cool the cookies completely then place in a freezer-friendly container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
- ¼ cup chocolate chips*
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup cane sugar
- ¼ cup avocado oil**
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup gluten-free flour blend (110-115g)***
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- Crushed candy canes or peppermint candies for topping
- In a small saucepan over low heat, slowly melt the chocolate chips. Let cool slightly.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and oil.
- Pour the melted chocolate and vanilla into the egg-sugar mixture, whisk again.
- Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir well.
- Chill dough in a bowl in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Remove the dough from the fridge, scoop out dough into 12 mounds on each baking sheet, using an approximate 1- to 1-1/2-tablespoon portion of dough for each. Using your hands, shape each dough mound into a round disc. The dough will be sticky, so wet your hands with a little water when handling the dough, to prevent sticking. Sprinkle with crushed candy cane pieces over each dough round.
- Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes. The tops will still be slightly doughy/wet when you first remove them from the oven, but the cookies will set while cooling.
- Remove the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
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* For a dairy-free option, we like these chocolate chunks from Enjoy Life
** You can also use melted coconut oil or butter, though the cookies will spread more when baking.
*** We recommend using Bob’s Red Mill One-to-One Gluten-Free Baking Flour or King Arthur Measure-for-Measure Gluten-Free Flour. You can also use an equal amount of unbleached all-purpose flour if you don’t want or need cookies that are gluten free.
- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 85
- Fat: 3 g
- (Sat Fat: 1 g)
- Sodium: 37 mg
- Carbohydrate: 14 g
- (Fiber: 1 g
- Sugar: 9 g)
- Protein: 1 g
- Cholesterol: 14 mg
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