Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

December 12, 2023

Peppermint hot chocolate cookies… Now that sounds like a Christmas cookie! Tis the season for all the hot chocolate you can drink… or eat. Yes, I am very much a hot chocolate lover, so it’s not a surprise that I would come up with a hot chocolate cookie recipe. In the process of creating this recipe, I decided to add some peppermint, just to try and see if I liked it better. To my surprise, the peppermint version won. I say this because didn’t always like mint in chocolate, until one day I suddenly started to really like it. Weird and random, I know. But hey! It led me to create these cookies that are sure to become a winter staple.

These peppermint hot chocolate cookies are soft yet slightly crispy on the outside, and nice and gooey in the middle with the perfect amount of peppermint. You can top them off with some crushed candy canes or even a torched marshmallow. It doesn’t get more wintery or Christmasy than that.

Ingredients for these Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

A few notes on the main ingredients for this recipe:

Baking Chocolate: I use it to help with the gooeyness in the middle and for intensifying the chocolate flavor. I prefer baking chocolate over chocolate chips but you could use chocolate chips as well. The main difference is that the chocolate will be thicker and the middle won’t be as gooey due to the stabilizers in chocolate chips.

Refined Coconut Oil: contributes to the gooey middle along with the melted chocolate. I use refined coconut oil since it doesn’t give a coconut flavor to baked goods like virgin coconut oil does. You can also use ghee or grass-fed butter.

Peppermint Extract: if by any chance you are not a fan of peppermint, you can simply omit it from the recipe. I made the cookies with and without the peppermint extract, and they both taste wonderful. It’s just a matter of preference.

Almond Flour: This is the main flour base that creates the crumb. Use super-fine blanched almond flour.

Arrowroot Powder: helps give the cookies structure, crispy edges and a bit of chew. The arrowroot can be replaced with tapioca flour.

Hot Chocolate Mix: I use a very simple and clean hot chocolate mix. It is just a mix of cacao powder and coconut sugar and does not have any powdered milk. However, the recipe will still work with the hot cocoa mixes you find at the store. Alternatively, you can create your own mix with 1/4 cup of cacao powder and 1/4 cup of coconut sugar to sub the amount called for in the recipe.

Mixed wet ingredients
Final dough (before chilling)

Preparation Tips

Make sure to allow the melted the chocolate and the coconut oil to cool down to at least slightly warm. Incorporating it when it’s too hot will cook the eggs and your mix will look curdled and be unusable. 

It is very important for the eggs to be at room temperature. If they are cold, the coconut oil will solidify and your chocolate will become too thick when you add in the eggs. This will result in coconut oil clumps that won’t properly incorporate in your batter.


These peppermint hot chocolate cookies truly feel like a Christmas treat. Grab a glass of milk and enjoy! 

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

These peppermint hot chocolate cookies are soft yet slightly crispy on the outside, and nice and gooey in the middle with the perfect amount of peppermint. You can top them off with some crushed candy canes or even a torched marshmallow. It doesn’t get more wintery or Christmasy than that.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 24 Cookies

Ingredients
 

  • 6 oz Baking chocolate (roughly chopped)
  • cup Refined coconut oil
  • 1 Egg (at room temperature)
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • cup Coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • ¾ tsp Peppermint extract
  • 1 ½ cup Almond flour (super fine and blanched)
  • cup Arrowroot powder
  • ½ cup Hot cocoa mix (see ingredients notes for alternative)
  • ½ tsp Baking soda
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt

Instructions
 

  • In a heatproof bowl, combine the baking chocolate and coconut oil and put to melt in a double boiler. To do this, grab a small pot and fill it with about an inch of water and set to boil. Once boiling, bring the heat down to medium and place the bowl on top of the pot, making sure that it does not touch the water. The steam will gently melt the chocolate. Stir occasionally until fully melted. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate in a microwave in 20 second increments, stirring in between until fully melted.
  • Set the melted chocolate aside to cool. Place in the fridge for about 5 minutes if too hot.
  • In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together: the almond flour, arrowroot powder, hot chocolate mix, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add in the eggs and coconut sugar. Beat until fully incorporated.
  • Add in the melted chocolate mix, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract. Beat until smooth.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix until fully combined. The batter will look fudgier than typical cookie dough.
  • Chill the dough for 30 minutes prior to baking. This will set the dough. Do not leave in the fridge for more than one hour as it will firm up the dough too much and make it difficult to scoop.
  • While chilling, line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  • While the oven is pre-heating, scoop the cookie dough onto the baking sheets. Lightly press each dough ball with the palm of your hand to take away the dome of the ball.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the tops and slightly crackled.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes prior to serving.
  • Store in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • Depending on the size of your cookies, the recipe can yield anywhere from 16 to 24 cookies. I used a 1 1/2 cookie scoop that makes smaller cookies.
  • If by chance you leave the the cookie dough in the fridge for too long, simply take it out of the fridge and let it warm up a bit before baking – about 35-40. You will see it will become softer and easy to scoop again.
Keyword chocolate, christmas, cookies, holiday, holiday cookies, hot chocolate, paleo, peppermint, sweet

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