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Peppermint Chocolate Cookies [Grain-Free]

December 13, 2020

A recipe for Healthy Peppermint Chocolate Cookies that are grain-free, paleo and made in one-bowl. They’re not short on delicious, sweet flavor though and are perfect for your next holiday get-together or cookie bake-off!

I’ve always enjoyed the recipe development process. Sometimes more than others… I love experimenting in the kitchen but when it comes to precise measurements and exact times, that can be a little stressful! I don’t have too many baked good recipes on my site but I always get inspired in the fall and winter to get my bake on! So today I bring you a crazy simple and delicious recipe for healthy peppermint chocolate cookies. Perfect for the holidays and beyond!

Everyone loves getting fresh baked goods, right? It seems like everyone is craving connection these days and what better way to connect over homemade cookies. If you live near me, don’t be surprised if a plate of these peppermint chocolate cookies show up on your doorstep with a little love note! 

Here’s What You Need

  • Unsweetened almond butter – must be drippy! Could also sub any other kind of nut butter
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Coconut sugar – brown sugar works too
  • Baking soda
  • Egg
  • Peppermint extract
  • Chocolate chips
  • Sea salt or crushed candy cane – optional for topping

How to Make Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

STEP 1: In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Yep, ALL!

STEP 2: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.  Take 1 tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten slightly after placing on the baking sheet. They do spread to stick with the 1 tablespoon recommendation!

STEP 3: Bake at 350ºF for 10-12 minutes. 10 minutes will result in softer cookies and 12 minutes will be firmer. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 20 minutes. 

STEP 4: If using crushed candy cane, sprinkle on top of the cookies while they’re on the baking sheet. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool completely. 

How to Store Cookies

After the cookies have cooled completely, store in an airtight container. If they’re even slightly warm, there will be condensation in the container which results in soggy cookies. The cookies will keep for up to 3 days on the counter, up to 10 days in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. I like to layer my cookies with parchment paper no matter how I choose to store.


These peppermint chocolate cookies are 100% grain-free so they have a softer texture. Please do NOT try to remove the cookies from the tray for at least 20 minutes to allow them to set. These cookies will hold their shape but how well will depend on the almond butter or nut butter you use. Make sure the oil is stirred into the nut butter. Otherwise just eat carefully and they taste SO delicious!


Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

A recipe for Healthy Peppermint Chocolate Cookies that are grain-free, paleo and made in one-bowl. They’re not short on delicious, sweet flavor though and are perfect for your next holiday get-together or cookie bake-off!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond butter (must be drippy and 100% almond based)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • optional: pinch of sea salt or 1/4 cup crushed candy cane*


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients (yes you can do this all in one bowl!).
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  4. Roll dough into 1 tablespoon-sized balls and flatten slightly (do not make them bigger than this as they spread).
  5. Sprinkle with sea salt, if using.
  6. Baking for 10-12 minutes
  7. Remove from oven and let sit on tray for 20 minutes ( do NOT attempt to remove before then).
  8. Sprinkle with crushed candy cane, if using.
  9. Place on a rack to cool completely.
  10. Will keep for up to 3 days on counter in an airtight container.
  11. These freeze well.

*You can add the crushed candy cane to the unbaked cookies but they may melt. I find it keeps its crispiness if I sprinkle on top immediately after baking.

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  • Reply
    April 26, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Oooo yes I’ve been looking for a holiday cookie type to make for my work holiday party. Will defenetely be trying this.

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    March 21, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Am I just blind! Am I the only one that can’t see a recipe for these cookies? I was really having a craving and didn’t want to eat crap LOL

  • Reply
    Kristen Komara
    December 20, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Would you be able to substitute peanut butter for almond butter?

  • Reply
    January 10, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Great idea thanks for sharing it!

  • Reply
    December 21, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Just gave this recipe a try as a recommendation from my friend. It was absolutely delicious – didn’t change a thing!

  • Reply
    Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie
    December 16, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Loooove the ingredient list for this recipe! I always love when I have all the ingredients on hand already, which means I can get to baking these ASAP!

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    Alicia @Bridges Through Life
    December 15, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    These look so delicious!! My favorite chocolate and peppermint. I’m planning to make gingerbread cookies this weekend as well and might have to make these too because they look so easy.

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